ABC TV special
Jane Fonda chosen as
Ladies' Home Journal
Jane Fonda sitting on a North Vietnamese Anti Aircraft Gun
that was used to shoot at American servicemen and their planes.
Jane Fonda tells the student audience at the Michigan State University in 1969;
"I would think that if you understood what communism was, you would hope,
you would pray on your knees, that we would someday become communist."
The peace proposal by the Vietcong was "the only honorable, just, possible way to achieve peace in Vietnam."
References: 1. 2.
In 1971 Jane organized the FTA (Fu#$ The Army) to undermine morale and radicalize the armed forces.
In July 1972 Jane travels to North Vietnam and tours the area for 2 weeks.
During July, 1972 she made six broadcasts over Radio Hanoi.
From the one on July 14, 1972 she said;
"This is Jane Fonda speaking from Hanoi, and I'm speaking particularly to the U.S servicemen...I don't know what your officers tell you...but [your] weapons are illegal and that's not just rhetoric...The men who are ordering you to use these weapons are war criminals according to international law, and in the past, in Germany and Japan, men who committed these kinds of crimes were tried and executed."
Another broadcasts quoted Ho Chi Minh and had references to President Nixon as a "new-type Hitler", along with messages to the South Vietnamese soldiers to desert, "You are being used as cannon fodder for U.S. imperialism."(AFJ,May'88--Personalities)
Addressing herself to the men on the aircraft carriers in the area; "Use of these bombs or condoning the use of these bombs makes one a war criminal." When addressing herself to the pilots of the American planes she continued with; "Examine the reasons given to justify the murder you are being paid to commit." Upon her return to the U.S. she then addressed cheering students; "I bring greetings from our Vietnamese brothers and sisters."
Jane formed the Indochina Peace Campaign which was anti-Nixon and pro Hanoi.
When the POWs returned she added "I think that one of the only ways that we are going to redeem ourselves as a country for what we have done there is not to hail the POWs as heroes, because they are hypocrites and liars....History will judge them severely." The attacks continued for four months and was not simply popping off as she told Barbara Walters in her efforts at rehabilitating herself. (HE,6-30-90)
When the POWs returned in early 1973 and detailed the torture and mistreatment, she accused them of lying.
Senator John McCain had both his arms broken. She calls McCain a liar! (AFJ,May'88--Personalities)
Jane returned to Hanoi in 1974 with Tom Hayden.
In 1975 Jane went back to Moscow, thanking them "for sending assistance which the Soviet people are sending to Vietnam."
Jane refused to join Joan Baez and others in their protest against the Khmer Rouge slaughter because, as she told the National Press Club on September 26, 1979, she was unable to confirm the accuracy of the charges against the regime. The purpose of the interview was to polish her image in Waterbury, Chicopee and Holyoke Mass. where opposition to her movie making there generated controversy.(AIM, 88-14)
Jane arranged to be interviewed by Barbara Walters on June 17, 1988 on 20/20. The fact that Barbara Walters was married to Merv Adelson, CEO of Lorimar Telepictures, the company that marketed Jane's workout tapes had nothing to do with the selection of Walters said Fonda's publicist Steve Rivers.
16 years after her Hanoi tour, Jane Fonda appeared on 20/20 and was interviewed by Barbara Walters.
"I would like to say something, not just to Vietnam veterans in New England, but to men who were in Vietnam, who I hurt, or whose pain I caused to deepen because of things that I said or did," Fonda said. "I was trying to help end the killing and the war, but there were times when I was thoughtless and careless about it and I'm . . . very sorry that I hurt them. And I want to apologize to them and their families."
Behind the scenes, Jane was filming "Stanley and Iris" on
location in a number of New England towns. The production efforts on the movie were
being severely disrupted by protesting Vietnam veterans and thus causing serious problems
in the making of the film.
By the timing of the apology and by the primary reference to the New England veterans, was this a truly heart-felt apology or just another acting scene from the film to help the production efforts? The Apology?
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to the Ladies' Home Journal about the Jane selection.
New York Times 4-4-97
Tom Hayden and Jane Fonda
Jane Fonda Broadcast from Hanoi, August 22 1972
Hanoi Jane The Pinup Girl of Vietnam Vets
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