Where’s the outrage about Fonda in Greenwich?

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

It’s been two weeks since my letter on Jane Fonda and over a month since another’s critiquing her, but there have been no comments, just the usual indifference. What’s wrong with our society?

Perhaps if bad behavior was subjected to righteous, correct court punishment this would not be an issue. When Jane Fonda was released at Ft. Lewis she knew little about Vietnam according to arrested Native American soldiers that were part of the protests. We had five casualties, two deaths and three critical, but the brass let her go because of her father, Henry Fonda.

She went on to visit North Vietnam twice, doing propaganda and inspecting our POWs as if they were criminals. In between her visits she went on a North American college tour advocating violent revolution. If she had been tried for her crimes perhaps less would have been swayed by her. Students who demonstrated, infantrymen on the DMZ that went AWOL and were lost in Vietnam might not have.

All of today’s celebrities behaving badly are role models as great or greater then Fonda was. So I see no course except to start a “celebrity offenderboot camp” to whip privileged role models into shape. We need a semi-creative environment and have academics among the drill sergeants, working an ethically correct social program to help celebrities become more responsible and objective.

When “Hanoi Jane” started her “revolution tour,” I was duped into hanging some of my Vietnam-era paintings at Fanshaw College, in London, Ontario. Fonda was so blind to the true problems of the time and so worked up that the next day she was arrested in Cleveland. Her mug shot is on the Internet and she is wearing the same clothes as in my London photos.

The students ate up everything she spudded out. When I interrupted her objectively, only one RCMP was on my side.

I know a creative environment near London that would make a great place for correcting celebrity offenders’ problems, bringing new objectivity to us all. And perhaps Hanoi Jane will volunteer to be one of the first customers.


Jim C. Reilly

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