Jane Fonda jabs at QVC over canceled TV appearance

LOS ANGELES Sat Jul 16, 2011 5:25pm EDT

Actress Jane Fonda arrives at the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, California February 27, 2011. REUTERS/Danny Moloshok

Actress Jane Fonda arrives at the 2011 Vanity Fair Oscar party in West Hollywood, California February 27, 2011.

Credit: Reuters/Danny Moloshok


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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A new controversy over Oscar winner Jane Fonda's Vietnam War activism caused the actress to come out swinging against home shopping TV network QVC on Saturday, over what she described as its caving in to "extremist" pressure to cancel her appearance.

In a blog posting on showbusiness website TheWrap.com, Fonda wrote that she was scheduled to appear on QVC on Saturday to introduce her book "Prime Time" about aging and life cycles.

But the network, Fonda wrote, reported receiving a flood of angry calls regarding her anti-war activism of the 1960s and 1970s, and it decided to cancel Fonda's appearance.

Four decades ago, the American actress angered Vietnam War supporters who gave her the nickname "Hanoi Jane" for her 1972 visit to the capital of North Vietnam at the height of the conflict. At the time, she posed for photos showing her sitting atop a Viet Cong anti-aircraft gun, and she remains an object of derision by some U.S. veterans and others.

Fonda, 73, has in the past expressed regret about those images, and in her post at The Wrap she took aim at QVC and her critics.

"I am, to say the least, deeply disappointed that QVC caved to this kind of insane pressure by some well funded and organized political extremist groups," Fonda wrote.

QVC acknowledged Fonda's appearance was canceled, but said it was because of a "programing change."

"It's not unusual to have a schedule change with our shows and guests with little or no notice," QVC spokesman Paul Capelli said in a statement.

"I can't speak to Ms. Fonda's comments, other than to confirm that a change in scheduling resulted in her not appearing today."

In 2005, Fonda was spat upon at a book signing in Kansas City, Missouri, by a man who said he was angered by her Vietnam War-era actions.

"Bottom line, this has gone on far too long, this spreading of lies about me!" Fonda wrote at TheWrap.com. "... I love my country. I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us."

The daughter of late screen legend Henry Fonda, the actress most recently starred in 2007 film "Georgia Rule." She won Oscars for roles in the films "Coming Home" (1978) and "Klute" (1971).

QVC is a unit of Liberty Media Corp.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis: Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

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Comments (2)
While I agree whith what some have said about her in the past, with being Hanoi Jan and all. I think its time that we forgive and move on. Shewas a young woman and made a mistake. Its time to let go of the past and get over yourselves.
Im a vet and I know what was done. Did we make that big of a deal when Haraldo let slip our postion when he doing a live shoot?? NOOO I think thats worse tha what happened to JF.
Its time to move on and forgive.

Jul 17, 2011 3:45pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
JRDTB wrote:
Congratulations to QVC for making the decision to cut Jane Fonda’s appearance for any reason. I believe there are several million young and old citizens of this country who hate what Jane Fonda stood for in the past and what she stands for in the present. Do you honestly believe that the present day military has forgotten her association with our enemies during the Vietnam War? NO, they have not! The younger generation of warriors is smart and on the whole they definitely know who they can trust. It is NOT the likes of Jane Fonda. Her photo still hangs in many areas of our military today; posted by young men and women who have pledged to put their lives on the line for our nation. We don’t quickly forget those who were traitors against our nation during times of war. We all must live with our past and my opinion is that she does not deserve forgiveness unless she publically apologizes deeply and sincerely to the people it hurt the most which would be all those who fought in that war and the individuals who lost family and others that they loved during that horrible time. Let’s not waste our sympathy on someone who doesn’t deserve it. A book about her experiences in Vietnam and the people she knew there and befriended would certainly be a best seller. No sympathy for Hanoi Jane!

Jul 18, 2011 12:32pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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