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Kentucky Theater Bans 'The Butler' Because Jane Fonda Is 'the Enemy'

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A Kentucky theater owner has banned the number one movie in America, The Butler, from his theater because he says that actress Jane Fonda is "an enemy of the United States of America."

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. (0)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 12:55 pm
This not an unfamiliar point of view.

Sue H (7)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 12:58 pm
How pathetic is that?? Mz. Fonda was an ardent activist against the Vietnam War, nothing else.

. (0)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 1:01 pm
living in the past blinds you to the present.

Lois Jordan (63)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 2:14 pm
Looks like Ms. Fonda could be a scapegoat here....hard to tell whether this guy's just a racist who doesn't want to show the movie or if he really holds a grudge that long. Seems he forgot that banning something just makes people want to see it more. lol.

Barb K (1684)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 3:28 pm
Shoot! Jane Fonda is no more an enemey of America than a sweet, innocent, puppy!

Yvonne White (229)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 4:35 pm
EVEN if the dude is "for real"..we're now "friends" with Russia, China, Vietnam, Japan, Germany, Italy, etc., etc. So Get Over it ya backward jerk - or ADMIT the real reason (you just KNOW he hates that uppity Oprah!;)

GGmaSheila D (194)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 5:15 pm
My advice: Suck it up, grow a pair, and Deal.

Eternal G (745)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 6:34 pm

Veronica C (24)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 6:45 pm
This doesn't surprise me coming from a Vietnam veteran. Our VFW still has the Jane Fonda bulls eye target on the wall.

Diane K (134)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 8:27 pm
I don't think Jane Fonda committed treason. She rebelled against the Vietnam War, but was also young & didn't mean to commit crimes against the U.S. She was interviewed not long ago & mentioned that she shouldn't have
been as rebellious as she was, back in the day, and now stood by our troops in Iraq & the war. thx

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 22, 2013, 10:01 pm
This is a bit extreme, banning the showing of a film in the USA. People should have the right to choose which films they want to see.

But, as for Jane Fonda, I can't stomach her politics or her sales of anything from hair dye to hormones, lotions and potions. I would very much like to see the film, I just wish Jane Fonda wasn't appearing in it. I wish people would wake up and see that 'Red Jane's' true color is $$$ green. Is there nothing that woman wouldn't do to get into the limelight and make a fast buck?!

Susanne R (237)
Friday August 23, 2013, 12:18 am
I can understand and accept the man's resentment. What I can't understand or accept is that he feels he has the right to decide what patrons can or cannot see. It's called censorship.

PrimaAWAY B (1278)
Friday August 23, 2013, 6:18 am
I can't even believe this. I believe he can feel the way he does and like Susanne r wrote. She understand he has his opinion but why should that stop him from what people see or not. It does not make sense. A very ignorant and bitter man I guess.

Nancy L (141)
Friday August 23, 2013, 6:53 am
It's his business Susanne. We do still have the right to refuse who comes into our businesses. Hanoi Jane was, is and will always be a traitor in many peoples eyes. I remember when she pulled her little stunt and I will NEVER forget.

Nancy L (141)
Friday August 23, 2013, 7:34 am
As with all times of contradictory philosophies surrounded by violence and death, there is much biased opinion, unverified information, and disinformation about the Viet Nam war.

The actual facts were always obvious, if ignored by liberal activists like Ms. Fonda:

It is historical record that our involvement in the Viet Nam war occurred long after North Viet Nam had fully committed to Communist "colonization" of the South.

It is historical record that a Republican administration refused to enter Vietnam.

President Eisenhower relied on the judgment of our finest advisors (the Ridgeway Report) rather than political expediency, in deciding that the military requirements for such a war exceeded the probable importance to our National interests.

It is historical record that our entry into the war, and its total mis-management, was initiated and prosecuted by a Democrat administration, and President Johnson.

The agony of the Vietnam war was finally ended during a Republican administration, under President Nixon.
South Vietnam was only defeated, with tens of thousands of subsequent deaths in "Re-education Camps," after the Anti Vietnam movement encouraged a feckless Congress to ignore our promises of logistic support to South Vietnam and, ultimately, betray them.

All these facts have consistently been ignored by Ms. Fonda in her continuing derision of the ordinary Americans who make our country the bulwark of Democracy we are.

Indeed, " Ms. Fonda was dubbed by Viet Nam vets with another name."

Indeed, "It shouldn't be forgotten how she earned it."


Nancy M (197)
Friday August 23, 2013, 8:33 am
They have a right to ban whatever they want. The people who wish to see the movie will go eslewhere or wait for Netflix.

jan b (5)
Friday August 23, 2013, 8:41 am
Jane Fonda was the lightning rod. Still is. That's the backward public's view and there aren't many states more backward than Kentucky......

Past Member (0)
Friday August 23, 2013, 9:38 am
Refusing to screen the movie seems a bit over the top, but as a Vietnam veteran myself I can't fault the guy's opinion of Hanoi Jane.

Linda C (88)
Friday August 23, 2013, 9:53 am
Nan, since this is a war that I lived through; watching my friends being drafted and sent there whether they wished to go or not and watching the cowardly classmates either using every chance they had to get a deferment or crossing the border into Canada to avoid the draft, I think that I have a decent idea of what the war was about.

Nan, you are so correct. It was a Democrat that did pre-war observation, JFK and it was a Democrat that committed us to the war, LBJ. This was not the idea nor desire of the Republicans and thanks to Richard Nixon, a Republican, we got out of that war.

The issues with Jane Fonda are legitimate and she well deserves the dislike of Vietnam veterans and those of us that support those veterans. You do not have to have liked that war, and here I would say that I do not know a single person, one that has served in the military or one that has not, that like war or desire to be involved in a war. Again, you do not have to have liked it but you do have a responsibility to support those that are sent into the war situation and to do what is necessary to encourage their safety and to hope for their safe return to the US. What Jane Fonda did created the propaganda that the Communist North Vietnamese used to demoralize our soldiers which was not what they should have had to experience. It further encouraged the North Vietnamese to more intensely demoralize and torture our POWS.

She showed no loyalty to the US, it's government nor the very soldiers that were serving in Vietnam and for that she is 100% accountable. Further, the actions of John Kerry were equally disgusting.

So, if a business owner decides to not show this movie that is their right 100%. This country is founded on certain freedoms and to my knowledge the government does not have the right, legally or morally, to tell any business what they have to do or not do in regarding to whether they would show a movie or not; sell to people without shoes or shirt, etc. If you are intoxicated when you enter they do not have to serve you and have the right to ask you to leave. Any law enforcement officer will support that as well. So, why would a movie theater not have the right to not show a movie? There are plenty that are showing it and so they do have the right to say no. People can find another that is showing it, very simple. Heidi, I agree, no, the movie should not be banned in the US per se, but any theater that does not want to show it has that right. And I agree, I have no sympathy, interest in, or desire to see or support anything that Jane Fonda is involved and it was a poor decision to cast her as Nancy Reagan. What is wonderful is that like it or not, Nancy Reagan is more of a lady and demonstrated a great deal of kindness. Jane Fonda should have shown the sensitivity and refused the role. But when has she ever put humility and the best for someone else ahead of her own agenda.

pam w (139)
Friday August 23, 2013, 1:50 pm
How long ago was this issue with Jane Fonda? How old was she then? Has anyone (that's ANYONE) here a spotless life without a single mistake?

Jane Fonda has apologized....repeatedly.

Funny how some CHRISTIANS refuse to at least forgive her youthful indiscretion.

Funny how they CLING to hatred which should long ago have faded away.

Guess it's pretty wonderful to have lived such a perfect life.

Nancy L (141)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:01 pm

Pam forgiving and forgetting are two very different things.

Very well stated Linda.

Suzanne O (33)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:04 pm
She enabled a huge propaganda machine for our enemy which was used against our young men.

Although I was very young during the Vietnam years, my father was a high school teacher and I saw the students of his who visited upon return to the States. I heard the stories of how they lost limbs and how others lost lives. It left an impression on me that will never be erased.

Jane Fonda although young at the time and maybe sincerely apologetic now (?) deserves no forgiveness for those hateful acts she committed against our young men who died, who lost limbs and fought hard for OUR country. Disgraceful really....

The guy who owns this theater has every right to pick and choose which he would like to air. If people want to see it they can go to another venue. I laughed at the post above that stated this is based on racism. Of course, that must be why.

Lindsey O (19)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:29 pm
Private business - so the owner has the right not to show a movie if he chooses. I'm sure anyone in his area who wants to see it will go to another theater. And, of course, by his actions he's just giving the movie greater publicity and profits.

I don't like Fonda's political views in general and especially resent her actions during the war (which were directed just as much at my husband as anyone else). She genuinely gave aid and comfort to the enemy and that's not something which should be taken lightly. And she was an adult when she did it. After all these decades there's little to be done about it other than personally expressing disapproval of her past ugly actions during wartime (and since I'm not religious I luckily don't have to forgive her - ain't atheism great?)

Lindsey O (19)
Friday August 23, 2013, 2:40 pm
And let's be real here. Fonda wasn't just an anti-war activist (some of whom I can respect and admire in many ways). Remember those photos of hers from her trip to visit her friends, the North Vietnamese? Photos of her on the gun turret (used to kill American soldiers), schmoozing with the North Vietnamese soldiers (used to kill American soldiers), mugging and making funny faces for the cameras....and seemingly thoroughly enjoying her visit to the enemy? The enemy, who (of course) used her photos and her words to generate propoganda against the United States and against our soldiers.

No, she was hardly "just" an anti-war activist.

Nancy L (141)
Friday August 23, 2013, 9:52 pm
Hi Lindsey, haven't "seen" you in quite some time. Hope all is well with you and yours.

Carol m (3)
Saturday August 24, 2013, 9:08 am
I still remember seeing Jane in the news holding a little girl that was very hurt from one of the bombs over there , it still haunts me to this day....Jane was young and hated to see a war SO uncalled for. It cost the lives of many innocent women and children , who was behind the cause of that one? what good did that war do . and when the boys came home what happened to them , NO one helped them , no, not even the people no one cared...... who was responsible for the hatred for the black , who was behind that? Yet they were good enough to fight in the front lines and give their lives for this cause. I think we ought to look else where ... maybe we ought to watch this movie.. don`t you think?

Nancy L (141)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 12:49 pm
No, I don't think so. I will never support anything Hanoi Jane is associated with and now that Oprah has compared the tragic events of the Zimmerman case with Emmitt Till I can no longer support her either.

Carrie B (306)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 12:53 pm
Nan L., not only do you not grasp reality ~ but you do understand life.

Nancy L (141)
Monday August 26, 2013, 7:12 am
I have a firm grip on reality. Unfortunately there is not much reality portrayed in most things comming out of Hollywood.
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