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Wednesday
Aug142013

As boycott proceeds, 'The Butler' director acknowledges political activism

Supporters of the boycott may make their voice heard by simply clicking 'Like' on the Facebook page or by attending a boycott event. (Snip: Boycott Hanoi Jane Playing Nancy Reagan/Facebook)Lee Daniels, director and producer of the film The Butler did a Q&A with Politico’s Patrick Gavin.

The film has already become a target for Vietnam-era veterans and their supporters because Jane Fonda was cast as First Lady Nancy Reagan.

Fonda’s activism against the Vietnam War and her vitriolic attacks on U.S. troops as well as her praise for repressive government systems made her quite possibly the worst choice in the universe to play President Ronald Reagan’s wife.

Was Fonda deliberately cast in the role as an insult?

If an actress stands for most of what Reagan was against, Fonda is the poster femme.

Daniels acknowledged there was a political slant, not only in the choice of actors, but in the spirit of the film. Noting he wanted people from Idaho, Nebraska and Oklahoma to see it, he explained:

“[People] who wouldn’t be so excited to see an African-American film with these African-American actors—people that understood…some of these other folks...white folks…celebrities. I think the film deserved it. If you study the actors that are in it, they’re all political activists in their own right, from Vanessa Redgrave down to Jane Fonda.”

Apparently Daniels missed the popularity of numerous African-American celebrities “white folks” regularly spend money to see.

Gavin and Daniels had a warm and fuzzy exchange over the election of Barack Obama, “the first black president.”

President Obama is both black and white, but his white grandparents raised him, sending him to an expensive private school in Hawaii. As an adult, Obama studied at Ivy League colleges.

The group Boycott Hanoi Jane Playing Nancy Reagan has grown to more than 26,000 supporters on Facebook. Many supporters of the boycott remember Fonda’s behavior at a time similar to today, when there was bitter division among the people and weak leadership in Washington.

The US Report urges all conservatives, Republicans and others who admire the Reagan legacy and who respect the U.S. military to boycott the film and click ‘Like’ on the Facebook page.

America’s enemy confirmed years after the war that Fonda and other celebrities were a valuable asset in their fight against the U.S. on behalf of communism.

Controversy is also dogging another of the film’s big stars, Oprah Winfrey. The talk show maven accused a sales clerk in Switzerland of racial discrimination. The clerk denies Winfrey’s claims.

(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Aug. 14, 2013)

Read previous stories about Jane Fonda as First Lady Reagan in archives at The US Report.

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Reader Comments (14)

The truly sad thing is their protrayal of Eugene Allen's life is ficticious. His real-life accomplishments were not good enough. Eugene Allen had one son, who survived Viet Nam. What was the point of giving him a son in the Black Panthers? It is truly disrespectful to Mr. Allen's real life accomplishments. I can't believe his son went for the change.

August 14, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterresharin

I appreciate your sharing that--I had no idea. Thank you. best, KBD

August 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKay B. Day/Ed.

why not just make things up and change history to suit you... everyone is doing these days!!!

August 15, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterscott thiel

At least this movie was an equal opportunity movie....two pieces of shit in it.....Hanoi Jane- White....Oprah Winfrat- Black!!!!!

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVietVet

It is truly an upside down world in which we now live. Hanoi Jane did more harm to our troops than most people are aware of. It is truly sad that she is cast as the be loved wife of Ronald Reagan.

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterknbosch

She is the most despicable traitor imaginable.She gave north viets notes
given to her by allied prisoners in her visit to pow prisons.At the very least
this led to severe beatings and torture including death.
Her anti - American,anti - war antics obviously led to Ho Chi Min and
Gen.Giaps conclusion that the allies would defeat themselves and gave
them great moral boosts when their troops and vietcong were loosing battles,
but continued to fight. She obviously contributed to thousands of civilian and
troop deaths and maiming with her vast publicity.She and our media never acknowledged the numerous atrocities committed on a daily basis by the North and VC.
Her actions since the war shows she has no remorse.Her apologies are
pathetic.She should be using her resources to help Viet Vets and their families to atone for her atrocious behavior.
Thank you for letting me comment.
Viet Vet 1st.Infantry

August 17, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterViet Vet Ist.Infantry

All of these Black guilt movies are obvious attempts to deflect the anger against Obama and his incredibly flawed and biased Administration. Movies such as The Butler, Redtails, 42, Django Unchained, etc etc etc are extremely slanted against Whites. I was born and raised in the South and can truly state that I never or engaged in the type of racism depicted in these movies.

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAwakeningGiant

Just one MORE reason not to waste money on this movie. Wasn't a chance in heaven that we would have gone to this due to the black victimology being promoted and revisionist history presented. Hanoi Jane just adds to the repulsiveness.

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterReddog

I haven't spent one penny on seeing any film in which Fonda appeared since her 'Nam betrayal. With several brothers serving there when she screwed over our soldiers and our country, I decided to do a small, unimportant thing like this; however, you just have to take a stand sometimes, and this is mine. I truly would like to see some justice done to this woman someday...she is a traitor.

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPam Stille

As a life long republican [I actively campaigned for Ike] and was a Reagan Supporter, both as the gov here in CA and as our president, the only thing that I did not like about the Movie, Yes I went to see it, was the treatment of Ronald Reagan, otherwise it was an interesting film. Fonda plays a cameo as Nancy - she is not the "Star" - she is on screen less than 3 min total of a two hour movie.
I have learned to accept that not everyone thinks like I do, and playing a role is acting - not a subliminal message, or support for one of the greatest enemies of this country -ie Hanoi Jane. I was not happy to see the "glorification" of Obummer at the end, but I did understand it.

Having spent time in the deep south during the 60's, I did witness the persecution of the blacks in the stores, restroom facilities and on the streets in general - it was real folks.

The liberal use of the "N word" [I hate political correctness] was typical for the times portrayed. When I was young and discussing things with by black friends, it was not unusual for one of them to say "What's up honkee" to which I would respond "not much nigger" - that was the way we talked. No insult intended on either side - just conversation between friends.
The one line in the movie that I will continue to remember about LBJ "whats this w/ this Blacks - that man uses Nigger more than I do" from one of the "staff" commenting on LBJ's speech on national TV.

Otherwise - the film FICTION, thought roughly based upon a real man- was well acted, in spite of a very directed message, to which I do not subscribe!

August 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChuck

Jane Fonda should have been arrested and charged with treason...plain and simple! We have free speech in this country however we do not have the right to kill our own troops, and that is what this woman has done!!

August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTonyok

So Hanoi-Jane stood on NVA anti-aircraft guns as they shot our troops out of the sky. When will our citizens come to their senses and deport this LOSER?! Protest is one thing; siding with the enemy is a total disgrace! Whether we belonged there or not, opposing your country in such a way is unacceptable! Here's to a karma booger landing on Jane very soon. May she wear it forever!

August 19, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKarmaBooger

Wow...black 'victimology'??? No wonder that poster wanted to remain anonymous. I love how these 'Christian' conservatives' accuse African Americans of re-writing the history that they know better than a Caucasian poster who hasn't even SEEN the movie because it denigrates the memory of his beloved Ronald Reagan.
None of you will see a WONDERFUL movie because you will spend the rest of your lives judging a woman's entire life based on one act...no matter what other acts of kindness or generosity she may have performed before or since. I know there are things I have done...things we have ALL done...that we wouldn't want our entire lives judged by. And for all you church-on-Sunday-only Christians, you've probably been there enough to know that a large part of the Christian faith is based on forgiveness--so that's only good for some and not others?
And you wonder why the Republican Party is dying.

August 30, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersecrippen

FYI: The US Report draws a wide array of readers. Not all are Christian. Not all are conservative. The general editorial slant for opinion pieces is Republican-libertarian.~~The editors

August 31, 2013 | Registered CommenterKay B. Day, Editor
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