I’m choosing to ignore the shapeless bag of doughnut grease who surfaced out of 2003 to troll Twitter over the weekend, but there’s at least one has-been celebrity who washed up on shore over the weekend whose existence I’ll acknowledge: Jane Fonda, who despite having done next to nothing since starring in a romantic comedy with Jennifer Lopez almost a decade ago, still gives speeches on the regular to crowds of people looking to relive the 1960s.
This weekend, her speech in Maryland drew ire from Vietnam veterans who haven’t forgotten (rightly) that “Hanoi” Jane Fonda handed a propaganda masterpiece to the North Vietnamese when she decided it was appropriate to visit a Communist military base and dry-hump a cannon. Clearly confused as to why, nearly fifty years later, people who actually fought in that conflict still take it personally, Jane Fonda tried to alleviate the hurt feelings by acknowedging that she, too, is sad.
About 50 military veterans and their supporters protested an appearance by Jane Fonda in western Maryland.
The 77-year-old was at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick for a speaking engagement Friday.
The Frederick News-Post reported many of the protesters served in Vietnam and carried signs that read: “Forgive? Maybe. Forget? Never.”
Fonda told the audience she made a “huge mistake” that led many to think she was against soldiers fighting in Vietnam, and it’s something that she’ll take to her grave. She says she understands their anger and that it makes her sad.
I’m not sure that quite makes up for how returning Vietnam Vets were treated, Jane. But perhaps being forced to do D-list movies with pop stars will take a little time off of her stay in Purgatory.
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