Jane Fonda draws protesters at Maryland appearance

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40 Years Later, Jane Fonda Is Still Facing Criticism Over Her Regretful Decisions During The Vietnam War.

“Whenever possible I try to sit down with vets and talk with them, because I understand and it makes me sad,” the 77-year-old actress told her audience at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, the Frederick News-Post reported. “It hurts me and it will to my grave that I made a huge, huge mistake that made a lot of people think I was against the soldiers.” At least 50 veterans, many of whom served in Vietnam, and their supporters gathered outside the theater and carried signs that read: “Forgive? Actress Jane Fonda issued an apology late Friday for her infamous visit to North Vietnam in 1972, a moment that earned her the dubious nickname “Hanoi Jane.” Fonda called it a “huge mistake” during a speech given at an arts center in Frederick, Maryland, the Associated Press reports. Those two weeks would create a controversy that has lasted till this day, with many labeling Fonda as a traitor, giving her the name “Hanoi Jane,” and protesting her at every turn.

So I understand.” However, Fonda still considered her trip to the communist state at war with the U.S. a “great experience.” While on the trip, she took publicity shots manning an anti-aircraft gun used to shoot down American planes and publicly criticized the war effort against North Vietnam. Fonda said Friday, the News-Post reported. “This famous person goes and does something that looks like I’m against the troops, which wasn’t true, but it looked that way, and I’m a convenient target. Jane Fonda is a woman known for many things – fitness expert, best-selling author, accomplished actress, but among the veteran community, she’s remembered for a picture taken with the North Vietnamese military in 1972. “She’s a traitor, she was treasonous in her conduct during the Vietnam War and was detrimental to the entire war cause,” said Mike Sater, a Vietnam War veteran. “We’re not trying to interfere…anybody that wants to be here, wants to spend their money to come in, that’s there option. Never.” “She encouraged North Vietnam to pull away from the negotiations table,” Bob Hartman, a Vietnam Army veteran, told The News-Post. “She got Americans killed… and she went to Vietnam to advance her husband’s career.” Fonda focused most of her talk on gender politics and encouraged the crowd to not raise boys to become “emotionally illiterate” by emphasizing masculinity.

The solid facts are enough for Fonda to regret what happened, though, and she elaborated as much in 2011 via a post on her personal web site: There is one thing that happened while in North Vietnam that I will regret to my dying day— I allowed myself to be photographed on a Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun. 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. Fonda attempted to recall what she could: 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.

He said he normally does not chew tobacco but did so Tuesday solely to spit juice on the actress. “I consider it a debt of honor,” he told The Star for a story on its Web site, http://www.kansascity.com. “She spit in our faces for 37 years.

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