Jane Fonda says actions during Vietnam War were ‘huge, huge mistake …

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Fonda: ‘Hanoi Jane’ Moment Was A ‘Huge Mistake’.

“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.

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. Never” and waving flags. “I’m a lightning rod,” she added. “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.

She also allowed herself to be used as a propaganda tool in interviews conducted by Radio Hanoi. “I don’t know what your officers tell you, you are loading, those of you who load the bombs on the planes. But, one thing that you should know is that these weapons are illegal and that’s not, that’s not just rhetoric,” she said in an interview broadcast in July 1972. “They were outlawed, these kind of weapons, by several conventions of which the United States was a signatory — two Hague conventions.

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