A Kentucky theater has banned “The Butler” because of Jane Fonda and her past connection to Vietnam. Fox News reports on Aug. 22 that the owner of the theater will not allow the movie to be shown. Ike Boutwell, who is a Korean War veteran, states he views Fonda as a traitor.
Jane Fonda plays Nancy Reagan in “The Butler,” and the film has been enjoying its box office success. However, Ike Boutwell still remembers her connection to Vietnam and will not show the movie in his theater. The Korean War veteran has banned the film from his MoviePalace and Showtime Cinemas.
Ike Boutwell believes he has been able to avoid showing any films that star Jane Fonda in his theaters. Although he served during the Korean War, he remembers the controversy that involved the actress during the Vietnam War because he trained pilots. He still views her anti-war demonstrations as traitorous.
Fonda has not responded directly to Ike Boutwell, but she released a statement earlier this month directed at other veterans who were protesting “The Butler.” Jane said, “Get a life,” and she added that she did not mind the controversy surrounding her role as Nancy Reagan in the film. Fonda pointed out it would increase the chances of more people seeing the movie.
Ike Boutwell believes the film’s casting department made a poor decision in this case. He vows to continue his policy of banning Jane Fonda movies from his theaters and does not care about losing money.