- The Washington Times - Monday, June 2, 2014

Some Vietnam veterans in California are outraged after learning Jane Fonda, a.k.a. “Hanoi Jane,” will be giving the commencement speech for UCLA’s School of Theater next Friday.

Miss Fonda was given the disparaging nickname in 1972 after she called American soldiers “war criminals” and traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam, to meet with enemy soldiers.

“The Butler” actress is scheduled to speak on June 13 for the school’s commencement ceremony, but her appearance is drawing harsh criticism from veterans all over the country.

“We hate her,” Nick Callas, president of the Santa Clarita chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America, told Fox News. “We won’t ever see any of her movies or support anything she did. It makes me sick to see her get this kind of recognition.

John Crooker, first vice president of the California State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, said he would never forgive Miss Fonda for the propaganda photo she took with Vietnamese soldiers.

“She was young and stupid, but that’s no excuse,” he told Fox News. “I don’t know of any Vietnam veterans who have anything good to say about her.”

A Facebook page titled, “Vets Boycotting Hanoi Jane Fonda,” has more than 37,000 fans and is urging a boycott against UCLA.

“Time for vets and Americans to band together to make a statement and to educate some of the younger generation about who Hanoi Jane Fonda really is,” the page’s mission states.

UCLA said in a statement that it is “truly honored” to have Jane Fonda speak at this year’s commencement ceremony.

“Jane is a visionary and a remarkable artist who has spent her life telling deeply powerful stories that have moved and inspired audiences worldwide to action for the greater good and to a greater understanding of our common humanity through her films, philanthropic efforts and personal journeys,” said Teri Schwartz, dean of UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television.

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