A new controversy has driven a vocal group of American military veterans to boycott the new hit film “The Butler,” which led ticket sales over the weekend, bringing in a cool $25 million.
The dispute centers around director Lee Daniels’ decision to cast ultra-liberal Jane Fonda to play former first lady Nancy Reagan in the movie, which tells the story of Cecil Gains, a black man who served in the White House under eight presidents.
Fonda was famously condemned by thousands of veterans, service members and ordinary Americans when she toured North Vietnam in July 1972, viewing areas of Hanoi damaged during the ongoing Vietnam War, meeting with American prisoners of war, and even posing with a Viet Cong anti-aircraft gun.
She has since apologized for some of her actions, but service members and veterans say that the anti-war activist has not fully atoned for them, and she has fanned the flames of the controversy by wearing a shirt to a promotional event for the film last month bearing her “Hanoi Jane” nickname and saying that vets criticizing her role in the movie should “get a life.”
Fonda roused even more ire with an inflammatory statement to the Hollywood Reporter about the issue, which went viral among people who see her as a traitor and liberal blowhard. “If it creates hoopla, it will cause more people to see the movie,” she said, adding, “I figured it would tweak the right. Who cares?”
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