While she has been praised for her longtime activism, her recent award was protested by many people as she took part in an anti-Vietnam war activities in the 1970s.
Jane Fonda’s latest lifetime achievement honour was met with protests on Wednesday, August 01.
The “Grace and Frankie” star was feted at the Traverse City Film Festival in Michigan, where she screened her HBO documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts” and discussed gender equality and how controversial U.S. President Donald Trump has reinvigorated her activism.
“If Trump hadn’t been elected, I could have been gardening,” she told festival founder Michael Moore.
Fonda has received praise for her longtime activism, but her presence at the festival was met with protests over anti-Vietnam war activities she took part in in the 1970s – she became known as Hanoi Jane by supporters and critics alike when she agreed to clamber onto a anti-aircraft gun for a photo opportunity.
“(She) raised the enemy’s morale and lowered ours,” veteran John Milks said during the protests. “She defected to the enemy side. We felt pretty hurt by that.”
Fonda has repeatedly apologised for the photo op, recently telling WENN she still feels awful about the shot that has come to haunt her.
“I am so sorry I was thoughtless enough to sit down on that gun at that time and the message that says to the guys that were there and their families,” she said. “It’s horrible for me to think about that.”
The image, which remains one of the most famous Fonda photos, led to a backlash as patriotic Americans deemed it disrespectful.
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