Source: The New Democrat
Jane Fonda is a bit of an enigma for me because on one side she’s one of my favorite actresses. She’s not just one of the best actresses of her generation and in the same class as Elizabeth Taylor, Natalie Wood, and many others, but she’s one of the best actresses ever. I believe people who hate her politics would probably give her that.
But then on the other side she’s one of the most famous political activists that the New-Left in America ( Far-Left Socialists and Communists ) that America has. People who see America as the real evil empire in the world, as a racist, selfish, militarist, corporate fascist dictatorship, country that should be put down and overthrown. At least in the late 1960s and early 1970s, she was as Far-Left ideologically as The Weather Underground, Students For a Democratic Society and other New-Left political action groups of the late 1960s and 1970s.
The early 1970s is where Jane Fonda got the nickname Hanoi Jane, because she essentially labeled America as the bad guys in the Vietnam War. She toured in North Vietnam with people that America was fighting in that war. She labeled President Richard Nixon as a war criminal. Her early political activism of the early and mid 1960s was in support of the American civil rights movement. Which I give her credit for as a supporter of that movement as well. But by the late 1960s it became about the Vietnam War and as someone who is opposed to that war myself and if I was alive back then I would’ve been writing against the war and doing other things, it’s not being against the Vietnam War where I differ with Jane Fonda. But how she opposed the war.
Robert Kennedy was opposed to the war at least when he was in the U.S. Senate and one of the strongest opponents of the war while in Congress, but he was never an opponent of the American military and our service personal. Or saw America as some bad country and part of some evil empire. He opposed the war based on facts and didn’t use hyperbolic rhetoric to make his case against the war. But always stayed with the facts that it was a cvil war and wasn’t the job of America to fight other countries wars for them.
Jane Fonda is a very bright, beautiful, adorable, sexy, great actress, who has always viewed herself as more than an actress as she always has been. Several of her movies are some of my favorite movies like The China Syndrome from 1979, California Suite from 1978, The Chapman Report from 1962, and perhaps a few others. But I don’t believe you can talk about Jane Fonda at least when you’re talking about her career and just focus on the positive aspects of her life. She’s still one of the most controversial people in America because of her radical political activism especially as it relates to the Vietnam War.