Jane Fonda Finally Apologizes

Ben Shapiro is a Senior Shillman Journalism Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.org. He is the author of the new book "The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration" (Threshold Editions).


It only took 40 years. But finally, actress-turned-workout-specialist Jane Fonda has apologized for sitting on a Viet Cong anti-aircraft gun during her 1972 visit to North Vietnam. Fonda, who used her fame to push her radical leftism during her heyday, traveled to Hanoi in 1972 in solidarity with the Viet Cong. While there, she proceeded to blame the US for supposedly bombing a dike system, and did a series of radio broadcasts stating that US leaders were “war criminals.” Those broadcasts were replayed for American POWs being tortured by the Viet Cong. Later, when POWs spoke about their experiences of torture, Fonda would call them “hypocrites and liars,” stating, “These were not men who had been tortured. These were not men who had been starved. These were not men who had been brainwashed.” She explained that these POWs were “careerists and professional killers.”

Now, four decades removed, sitting in the lap of luxury, Fonda has decided that the pictures on the anti-aircraft gun were a mistake. Not the actual visit – she stands by that. “I did not, have not, and will not say that going to North Vietnam was a mistake,” she said. “I have apologized only for some of the things that I did  there, but I am proud that I went.”

But when it comes to those gun photos, then she wishes she’d done something different: “Sitting on that gun in North Vietnam. I’ll go to my grave with that one.” Of course, as John Nolte of Big Hollywood points out, that’s “a step up from what we learned in Patricia Bosworth’s biography, ‘Jane Fonda,’ where the star reportedly said: ‘My biggest regret is I never got to f*** Che Guevara.”

She’s a deep human being, you see.

Back in July 2011, she spelled out why she regretted the anti-aircraft gun photo:

It happened on my last day in Hanoi. I was exhausted and an emotional wreck after the 2-week visit. It was not unusual for Americans who visited North Vietnam to be taken to see Vietnamese military installations and when they did, they were always required to wear a helmet like the kind I was told to wear during the numerous air raids I had experienced. When we arrived at the site of the anti-aircraft installation (somewhere on the outskirts of Hanoi), there was a group of about a dozen young soldiers in uniform who greeted me. There were also many photographers (and perhaps journalists) gathered about, many more than I had seen all in one place in Hanoi. This should have been a red flag ….

Here is my best, honest recollection of what happened: someone (I don’t remember who) led me towards the gun, and I sat down, still laughing, still applauding. It all had nothing to do with where I was sitting. I hardly even thought about where I was sitting. The cameras flashed. I got up, and as I started to walk back to the car with the translator, the implication of what had just happened hit me. “Oh my God. It’s going to look like I was trying to shoot down U.S. planes.”

Of course, it never occurs to Fonda that the pain she caused with that photo was a mere sliver of the pain she caused by acting as a propagandist for one of the worst regimes in human history. But that’s because in Hollywood, being such a propagandist merely endears you to elites, as Sean Penn can tell you. Tom Lehrer once mocked NASA for working with former Nazi scientist Wernher Von Braun; “‘Once the rockets are up, who cares where they come down,’” Lehrer sang, “‘That’s not my department,’ says Wernher von Braun.” But in Hollywood, it’s worse than that: you’re feted for siding with the world’s most evil people.

That’s why Hollywood continues to treat the blacklist as one of the worst blots on American history. The truth is somewhat different: the Soviet Union was working with the American Communist Party to infiltrate Hollywood in the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s, and succeeded in infiltrating the Hollywood unions to a large extent. The Communist Party was interested in the overthrow of the American way of government. Not all of those blacklisted were card-carrying communists; that was the tragedy of McCarthyism. But to sympathize for those who treated Stalin as a hero rather than shunning them as moral reprobates is a move only Hollywood could make. Dalton Trumbo, perhaps the most celebrated member of the Hollywood Ten, bragged to his bosses in the Soviet Union that the Communist Party in Hollywood had helped quash anti-Soviet films like an adaptation of Arthur Koestler’s masterwork Darkness at Noon. Some of the Communist Party’s favorite Hollywood movies included Mission to Moscow (1943), in which Hollywood gave a clean bill of health to the Stalinist show trials. Meanwhile, when it comes to today’s Hollywood blacklist of American conservatives, Hollywood honchos brag that it’s a positive development.

Jane Fonda should rightly have been written off by America’s most powerful institutions four decades ago. Instead, she still kicking – and next, she’s playing Nancy Reagan, whom she brags she’ll prevent from looking “too mean.”

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  • Chicago Ray

    She didn't get 'to f**k Che Guevara" because she's been f&&king America ever since…. freaking t*amp..

  • nancy

    Just remember Lyndon Johnson was a Democrat president at this time during this Vietnam war. How come did Jane Fonda not protest him for escalating the war? Richard Nixon became a Republican president, who brought the troops home, saved them, and finally ended the war.

  • e_bev

    Jane, in the '80's there was a video of you, on tank, with weapon, stating that you wish an American chopper would fly over so that you could shoot it down. I saw it on a Sacramento television station. There must still be copies of it. Even if there are not, it happened, and hundreds of thousands of us saw it.

    Give up, Hanoi Jane. You are a traitor; and no amount of, "I don't recall," will change that. Disappear, and make sure that your grave is unmarked.

  • Shadowmerlin

    I would never show disrespect to Nancy Reagan's memory by going to see Hanoi Jane play her.

    • e_bev

      I second that!

  • gerry

    Why would anyone in their right mind ever go to the film with her as Nancy Reagan. Again still a leftist she believes that this apology will make everything right. Once she is finished and has her money it will be back to fondly reminiscing on how she had the opportunity to attempt to shoot down an American plane. She is a pos and her filkd should be boycotted by every loyal american.

  • WMS II

    Is there a statute of limitations for a treason charge?

  • Chastity

    I am a product of the 80s. I had just heard about this from a vet. That I take care of. I understand that there is other stuff circulating on the web about this also but with just this info, I would still think she is a traitor. If she believed in them so much she should have stayed over there instead of coming back to us. We have enough problems in our great nation without having people who do not respect our vets. I work with many of them and they all say the same thing, she can shove her apology, actions speak louder than words!

  • JoeP.

    While never in Country I was in the military during Vietnam and I am considered a V ietnam War era veteran. I along with many of my brother veterans still abhor the sight of this woman. How she continues to receive acclaim from the Hollywood Elite is beyond me. Even as liberal as they are the have to realize she was nothing short of a traitor and responsible for the death of at least 3 American POWS that we know of.

    I lost 3 friends there in the 60's and early 70's ; 1 army infantry, 1 marine and 1 Navy Pilot. All 3 good friends in fact, the pilot was MIA for 10 years until they finally acknowledged he was shot down and returned his remains to his family.

    So Jane don't tell me you are sorry 40 years later. If you were truly sorry you would have acknowledged it immediately. May since your career has floundered you decided to make amends.

    This Air Force Vet is not buying any of it.

  • rileo19669

    i have a hanoi jane urnal sticker a piss on every morning,need i say any more. by the way you can get them at gi joes in north attlebro mass.

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  • Ethel Hanson Korman

    Too little, too late, Hanoi Jane! You just want people to accept you playing Nancy Reagan In the movie, The Butler. Not going to happen here!

    • Susan Higgins

      Good for you

  • Daniel Mendoza

    Like Jane Fonda said “I will go to my grave with this.” Well, so are we!

  • Susan Higgins

    I am 65 lost many friends in Vietnam I can tell you right now I would slap jane the traiter across her face if I could only get to it.

    • nunya

      susan higgins could I watch you slap the crap out of that traitor communist pinko hanoi jane Nancy Reagan was a wonderful lady and this is just the biggest insult they could have done too bad none of our american snipers couldn’y have taken hanoi jane out in viet nam have a wonderful day susan

    • 2BlackCoffee71

      You did not lose your friends because of Fonda’s trip to Hanoi, you lost them because the Amerikan government sent your friends to a country where they had no business sending military into.

      • FrankTalk14

        No Amerikan soldier, I spelled it correctly. An even more correct spelling would be the Amerikkkan government. Capish now? And btw North Vietnam no longer exists, and Vietnam is no longer a “communist” country. But Amerikkka’s military-industrial complex still rules Amerikkka and brainwashes its people as much now as during the Vietnam war. Under both parties.

    • Guest

      Ditto. She’s a disgrace to this country. They should have tried her for treason decades ago. Her apology was little more than blaming someone else for her own actions. Just like a Democrat! She should never have been there in the first place. Sorry Hanoi Jane, thousands upon thousands of American soldiers, young boys, 18 years old boys, were tortured while you were having a fun freakin’ photo opp. The harm you caused us beyond measure. We will never know how many died because of your actions. God may forgive you but as long as we live we will tell the hideous story of your betrayal, America will not forget! Confess your role in propagating the torture and death of our sons, brothers and friends. Until then, go away sister. We have no use for the likes of you. May God have mercy on your soul.

  • nosocialism

    So she has apologized for the photos. “So unfortunate that people view the photos the wrong way”… Bull. She has NOT apologized for her traitorous actions and I am thankful for the many that refuse to see her movies or support her career.

    • somatic60

      Agreed. Her place in history as being despicable has been cemented.

  • Oncewas

    I’m not going to pass judgment on Jane Fonda because she did prove to be a traitor and will have to pay the consequences of her actions no matter what. I WILL NOT go see the movie and am insulted that she would play Nancy Reagan. Please encourage others not to go see it…even out of curiosity.

  • lenhy

    It is not anyone’s job to forgive Jane or not forgive her. Who in the hell do you think you are?

  • Maxwell

    Hanoi-Jane will never be forgiven be the Vietnam veterans.
    (Those would be the veterans who’s job got harder after Fonda boosted the morale of the enemy)

  • Reb Bacchus

    Jane’s action encouraged the putrid treatment those of us who wore uniforms received by her fellow travelers. I was cursed, called unprintable names. If you don’t think that hurt, I hope you encounter the same to increase you “sensetivity.”

    Her actions caused ME pain and I did forgive her. Since she wore a “Hanoi Jane” Tee shirt to a promotion for “The Butler,” it’s pretty clear she didn’t mean her apologies. My forgiveness stands, but she doesn’t deserve it, and I’ll never do anything that might put a fraction of penny in her pocket.

  • themaggieyoung

    the logic behind the illogical Hanoi Jane hatred:
    http://themaggieyoung.blogspot.com/2013/12/hanoi-jane-unconscious-rage.html

  • war crime

    Jane was right and being a real american with brains and balls…To attack vietnam and murder her people who never did harm to the usa thereby violating american law, international law,violating their oaths to the constitution and their individual consciences…The attack on vietnam by the usa was TERRORISM…

    • Clockp

      So you regret not f***ing Che Guevera, too?? Become a White House czar, you’ll fit right in.

    • noprty

      You are right the war in Vietnam was a terrible mistake and a tragedy for our country and for our military. The captured flyers were officers, professional military but, don’t lose sight of the fact that they were ordered there by LBJ, the President and Commander in Chief , a democrat, supported by a congress controlled by democrats.

    • ameer jabril

      so that gives her a right to call men who were drafted and forced to fight war criminals? I don’t think so.

  • somatic60

    The maggot Fonda took personal notes slipped to her by the POWs and gave them back to the NVA, which resulted in the POWs being beaten severely. Fonda acted disgracefully. She epitomized what it means to be un-American.

  • Mister Lackey

    While Jane Fonda was providing comfort to the enemy, my father was put in harm’s way trying to serve his country and its obligations: she sat in that gunner’s seat as my father enjoyed a $100,000 bounty on his head in Vietnam.

    My family suffered tremendously through those years thanks to the likes of this damn fool, Jane Fonda. If I’m every confronted with her presence, rest assured I’ll slap some of the fool out of her.

  • 2BlackCoffee71

    That you were more outraged by Fonda’s trip to Hanoi than by the USA’s criminal and genocidal war against the Vietnamese people is mind-boggling, to say the least.

    • ameer jabril

      And what of the NVA’s atrocities on its own people that far eclipsed any of the casualties caused by the US. Funny how thats never brought up by people like u.