Though having “Lee Daniels’ The Butler” movie at his theater would probably bring in a good amount of cash, Ike Boutwell has his principles and is refusing to offer the nation’s current number one film shown in his theater, according to Yahoo! News on Thursday.
Boutwell owns the Movie Palace and Showtime Cinemas in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. His background includes having trained pilots during the United States’ involvement with the Vietnam War decades ago. The reason he is refusing to host the fictionally-historical movie about a butler’s engagement at the White House – serving eight presidents throughout his career – is because Jane Fonda is in the movie. Fonda portrays former First Lady Nancy Reagan, the wife of President Ronald Reagan who was president in the 1980s.
The reason Boutwell is anti-Fonda to the point that he doesn’t want her appearing on his cinema screen is because Fonda spoke against and demonstrated against the Vietnam War back in the day, and that has caused the theater owner to view Fonda as a traitor of the United States.
Boutwell, also a Korean War veteran, said that he trained hundreds of pilots to fly – many of whom Fonda clapped and cheered as they were shot down. He will therefore not allow a movie with Fonda grace his cinematography screen.