I'm not a big fan of Jane Fonda. I'm surprised she wasn't charged with either treason or with aiding the enemy back in 1972 when she was photographed sitting on an enemy anti-aircraft tank (she claims she walked in front of it and the picture was taken). I suppose being celebrity elevates you above responsibility for your actions; celebrity garners leniency. She visited communal farms and factories and even a POW camp where freshly washed American POWs were paraded out to meet her.
The reason she visited North Vietnam is that she is an avowed communist, I guess it's easy to be a communist when you have the an actor's salary to pad your peasant life-style. Gosh, after that grueling 20 minutes photo-op in the rice paddy, I'm sure she went back to her posh hotel,...
Jane Fonda Quote: "I, a Socialist, think we should strive toward a Socialist society, all the way to Communism."
What she did is hard for me to imagine. Maybe because of the priveleged class she comes from, it's easy for her to be be filled with blind idealistic righteousness. Maybe she just needs to be the center of attention, so much so that she would betray American soldiers just to say, "Look at me", "I'm a rebel". The average soldier comes from the farm, the inner city, or the blue-collar class, too poorly connected to get that deferment; most went to Vietnam out of a sense of duty. She's not anti-American or anti-war, she's pro-communist. She doesn't say much about it now, I'm guessing being a Braves fan gets in the way of going to "communist rallies".
Yesterday in the news it was reported that a Vietnam vet (Michael A. Smith) spat tobacco juice in her face at a book signing. That's a strong statement to make, I prefer to quietly dislike her. I thought she was quite gracious not to press charges. She stayed seated, wiped the tobacco juice from her face, and continued to sign books. The guy that spat on her ran from the scene and was apprehended by security guards. It was a bit wimpy to run away like that.
On April 15th 2005, I heard Diane Rehm (pic at right) interview Jane Fonda on NPR, and my impression of Jane was,... "It's all about JANE". She's promoting her new book titled, "My Life So Far". It could be titled "My Life, Act 1 & Act 2 are over, thak God, can't we just forget that part?". She's using it as a jumping-off point for the rest of her life. It seems she really wants to put "Acts 1 & 2" behind her and wash her hands of it. She came off as self-centered. Judging by Diane Rehm's gushing praise and adoring introduction on the radio, she obviously worships Fonda as an icon that women should look up to. In her book Fonda alludes to the possibility that she may have been sexually abused at a young age by a nanny. She gets to this conclusion because she exhibited some of the behaviors that abused children typically exhibit. She has no recollection of this happening however. She so badly needs to be a victim. She blames a lot of her problems on her father although she has forgiven him. Fonda's mission these days is the "reproductive rights of girls and women." To listen to her interview, follow the links (it's broken into 3 parts and is about 50 minutes all together). Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.
She's on record for a few enlightening quotes, and I'll let them speak for her.
"It hurt so many soldiers. It galvanised such hostility. It was the most horrible thing I could possibly have done. It was just thoughtless."
[This is referring to her being photographed sitting atop a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft tank; I believe she regrets it, she probably regrets that all these photos have been taken of her over the years too].