Monday, February 23, 2009
Jane Fonda's performance on Broadway prompted a protest outside the
theatre by Vietnam veterans.
The 71-year-old actress is starring in the play 33 Variations at a
Broadway theatre, where about a dozen Vietnam veterans and other
protesters set up a protest, telling passers-by that she had once
visited their communist enemy in Hanoi.
"Jane Fonda is a traitor," said Dan Maloney of the Gathering of
Eagles, which bills itself as a national, non-partisan veterans
group. "She got on Hanoi radio and called every US serviceman a war criminal."
Jane earnt the nickname "Hanoi Jane" after visiting the North
Vietnamese capital in 1972, where she made radio broadcasts critical
of US policy and sat on an anti-aircraft gun laughing and clapping,
as she describes in her autobiography, My Life So Far.
Though she still defends her anti-war activism, Jane has acknowledged
that the incident was "a betrayal" of American forces.
"That two-minute lapse of sanity will haunt me until the day I die," she wrote.
Jane currently plays a musicologist in the Moises Kaufman play about
reconciliation, set against the woman's obsession with Beethoven's 33
variations on a waltz. It marks her return to Broadway after 46 years.