Fonda role again draws heat
Risk in joining antiwar rally cited
By Bryan Bender, Globe StaffÂ |Â January 27, 2007
WASHINGTON — Actress and long time peace activist Jane Fonda, a favorite target of right-wing attacks since the 1970s for her high-profile opposition to the Vietnam War, will rejoin the ranks of the antiwar movement today at a major rally in Washington .
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The return to the spotlight for the Hollywood star derisively known as “Hanoi Jane” for going to North Vietnam at the height of the war, was seen by some activists and chroniclers of the antiwar movement as politically risky. They said her presence could be distracting in a rally that organizers hope can capitalize on congressional opposition to President Bush’s plan to send more troops to Iraq.
“I wonder if the appearance of someone like Jane Fonda is going to pull attention away from other messages,” said Rhys Williams, a University of Cincinnati sociologist who has chronicled American anti war movements. “If I were an organizer, I would worry how much her presence is going to be dominating the news cycle.”
Though it’s been decades since she posed atop a North Vietnamese anti aircraft gun, many Vietnam veterans are still angry . Fonda later apologized — but didn’t say she was sorry for fervently opposing the Vietnam War.