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Veterans protest "The Butler" due to Jane Fonda; theatre refuses to show film

[italic]O'Reilly gives a history lesson, other veterans around the country are boycotting the film, including these protesters in New Orleans... at the link.[/italic] Jane Fonda was famous for her anti-Vietnam War activism in the early 1970s -- one particular visit to Vietnam earned her the nickname "Hanoi Jane" -- a past that doesn't sit well with Ike Boutwell, the owner of the Movie Palace in Elizabethtown, Ky. Boutwell, a Korean War veteran who trained Vietnam War pilots, refuses to show "Lee Daniels' The Butler" at his theater because it stars the 75-year-old actress. “I trained hundreds of pilots to fly, many of whom Ms. Fonda clapped and cheered as they were shot down,” Boutwell told the News-Enterprise. “Our Constitution only mentions three crimes. Treason is one. That’s aid and comfort to the enemy.” Boutwell also has a problem with Fonda's portrayal of former first lady Nancy Reagan. “To add to this, I just really think it’s a slap in the face to have a person of treason portray a patriotic lady, Mrs. Reagan,” he said. “I just think that is throwing gas on the fire.” Though some local residents are disappointed that their local theater isn't showing the star-studded film, others praised his stance on the cinema's Facebook page. "Respect for the decision not to display or support any movie in which Jane Fonda has a role. We will never forget," one supporter wrote.


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