“I trained hundreds of pilots to fly, many of whom Ms. Fonda clapped and cheered as they were shot down. Our Constitution only mentions three crimes. Treason is one. That’s aid and comfort to the enemy…In life, you’ve got to stand for something, and that’s where I stand. It makes me feel that I’m honoring those who died for this country” - Ike Boutwell,
U. S. Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran and movie theater owner in Elizabethtown, KY, who refuses to show movies starring Jane Fonda .
"The Butler" hit silver screens the weekend of August 17-19, 2013 with $25 million in ticket sales and took in $17 million over the second weekend (August 23-24). These numbers made the movie the Box-Office winner over all other films for both weekends. This movie is loosely based on Eugene Allen who was the head butler at the White House from 1952 to 1986. During his service, he served eight presidents.
Conservatives were not too surprised to find three liberals cast as Republican presidents. However, the thing that really got conservative veterans up in arms was the announcement
that Jane Fonda was cast as Nancy Reagan. Fonda maintained her Vietnam War image by being totally contemptible: she told protesting veterans, “Get a life”!
Upon hearing the news of Fonda being in the movie, 20-year Navy Veteran Larry Reyes said, “I was Outraged that (the makers of the film) would …have this traitor to our nation be cast portraying someone so honorable.” Reminding us she has not changed a bit, Fonda sucker punched Vietnam Veterans when she wore a “Hanoi Jane” t-shirt to a promotional video for the movie. Reyes was so incensed, he started a Facebook page called “Boycott Hanoi Jane Playing Nancy Reagan”, which now has over 30,000 fans. An active duty staff sergeant stationed at Fort Hood summarized what many veterans still feel: ”I won’t watch that movie. I won’t watch any movie that denigrates President Reagan.”
Just prior to “The Butler” being released, Oprah Winfrey, who plays the butler’s wife, had this to say: “People don’t feel it’s race because people don’t call it race…A lot of people think if they think they’re not using the n-word themselves, they physically aren’t using the n-word themselves, and do not harbor ill will towards black people that it’s not racist.”
Following her outrageous comment on racism in America, the movie’s director, Lee Daniels, opined that America is more racist now that Barack Obama is president. To most sensible people, these statements are totally outlandish. However, more than anything else, his statement may well have been intentionally designed (we hope) to generate publicity for the movie. Well, it was #1 for the first two weekends - although it took in a 1/3 reduction in box office receipts on the second weekend.