- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 18, 2005

From combined dispatches

The owner of two Kentucky theaters is refusing to show the new Jane Fonda film “Monster-in-Law” because of the actress’s pro-communist stand during the Vietnam War.

Photos of a smiling Miss Fonda posing with a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft crew in 1972 were displayed outside an Elizabethtown movie theater to show the disapproval of theater owner Ike Boutwell. The marquee outside Mr. Boutwell’s Showtime Cinemas in nearby Radcliff reads: “No Jane Fonda movie in this theater.”

Both theaters are just a few miles from the Army post of Fort Knox.

“I trained a lot of pilots during the Vietnam conflict,” Mr. Boutwell told the Hardin County News-Enterprise, adding that some of those pilots died when their planes were shot down by North Vietnamese gunners.

“To me, Ms. Fonda is a traitor,” he explained in a local television interview. “I could not get the picture out of my mind of her cheering the gun crew that had just shot down an American B-52.”

Miss Fonda said recently that she regretted being photographed on the anti-aircraft gun, but has never apologized for supporting Hanoi in the war and making propaganda broadcasts on North Vietnamese radio.

Mr. Boutwell’s stance means he’s taking a financial hit. “Monster-in-Law” was the top-grossing movie last weekend, bringing in more than $23 million nationwide. In the film, Miss Fonda plays a villainous prospective mother-in-law trying to stop Jennifer Lopez from marrying her son.

Sal Mancuso, an Elizabethtown resident who said he fought in the Mekong Delta, personally thanked Mr. Boutwell for not showing the film starring the actress whom many Vietnam veterans disdain as “Hanoi Jane.”

“There is no defense for what she did,” Mr. Mancuso said.

Mr. Boutwell also banned previous Fonda films, as well as Michael Moore’s 2004 anti-war film, “Fahrenheit 9/11.”

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