As boycott proceeds, 'The Butler' director acknowledges political activism
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 11:41AM
Kay B. Day, Editor in Boycott Hanoi Jane, Celebrity Politics, Democrats, First Lady Nancy Reagan, Lee Daniels, Obama, US Entertainment, political films

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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