Veterans See Red as Jane Fonda Tapped to Speak to UCLA Grads

Photo Credit: APVietnam veterans in California are furious all over again with Jane Fonda, after the actress was chosen to speak this month at a UCLA graduation ceremony.

Fonda, who in 1972 traveled to Hanoi, Vietnam, to meet with enemy soldiers and called American soldiers “war criminals,” has been picked to be the graduation speaker at UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television’s commencement ceremony on June 13.

“We hate her,” Nick Callas, 67, president of the Santa Clarita chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America, told “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.

It was Fonda’s journey to Vietnam, as American soldiers were dying in the jungles of Southeast Asia and the nation was becoming increasingly disillusioned with the war, that veterans like Callas will never forget — or forgive. Fonda famously posed near a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gun. Although she has apologized since, many veterans believe she helped lift the enemy’s spirits while demoralizing those of young Americans.

The actress told Oprah Winfrey in 2013 she made an “unforgivable mistake,” saying she was taken to a North Vietnam military site during the last day of her visit, despite her objections.

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