U.S. Navy vet Larry Reyes was astounded when he learned Jane Fonda would play the role of First Lady Nancy Reagan in the forthcoming film The Butler.
Reyes founded the Facebook page, ‘Boycott Hanoi Jane Playing Nancy Reagan.’
Reyes will appear on The Cindy Graves Show on Friday, April 26, on WBOB 600 AM. The show airs from 12 noon-1 p.m. Based in Jacksonville, Fla. the show is streamed live on the Web at wbobradio.com .
Reyes, who served 20 years in the U.S. Navy and now lives in California, keenly remembers Fonda’s insults to U.S. troops who served in Vietnam, and her comments praising the North Vietnamese regime America fought. After a successful evacuation by the North Vietnamese regime, Fonda told college students during a speech, “It speaks well for socialism.”
Even in that remark, there was cowardice because Fonda knew the regime was communist, not socialist, but she wasn’t about to use the ‘C’ word for obvious political reasons. At that time in history, Americans knew what communism meant, unlike today when most youth haven’t been taught the cruelty of that system.
Fonda’s anti-troops remarks were used aggressively by the communists who didn’t care if what she said was true. Decades after the war, some officials who served in that regime acknowledged the value of Fonda in their propaganda because she was a celebrity in the U.S.
Fonda wasn’t the only celebrity to condemn U.S. troops.
One vet wrote on the ‘Boycott Hanoi Jane’ Facebook page:
“I was the Staff Duty Officer (when I was still an enlisted, Staff Sergeant) in Vietnam on the day that John Kerry gave his speech calling me and my fellow Marine "baby killers" and accusing us of being war criminals. It seems like only yesterday.”
President Ronald Reagan stood for freedom and against communism, making it a double insult for Fonda to play his wife.
When Fonda learned vets were upset about her role, she told a Hollywood reporter they should “get a life.”
Listeners can call in with comments during the last part of the show by dialing (904) 854-1320.
More than 58,000 U.S. soldiers died in the Vietnam War, many of them after President Lyndon B. Johnson (D) escalated it. Washington politics made the war a near-impossible task for the military.
Reyes started the Boycott Hanoi Jane Playing Nancy Reagan page as a pure grassroots effort funded by nothing more than his dedication to the truth. The page has drawn more than 19,000 ‘Likes’ since Reyes founded it at the end of March.
Cindy Graves, host of the WBOB show, is a well known Republican activist who has served in many capacities including state committeewoman and president of the Florida Federation of Republican Women. She tackles politics, culture and news each weekday and past guests have included U. S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), state Senator John Thrasher (R) and many other high profile leaders and celebrities.
Reyes is also planning nationwide picket lines when the film debuts.
(Filed by Kay B. Day/April 25, 2013)
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