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Local veterans protest Jane Fonda's visit to Bakersfield

Posted at 12:07 PM, Jun 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 15:07:06-04

The Latino Interactive Voter Education Project, or LIVE, is hosting a fundraiser luncheon in southwest Bakersfield on Wednesday honoring actress Jane Fonda. 


However several local veterans are not pleased that the American actress is in town.


The tumultuous history between the now 80-year-old actress dates back more than forty five years.

Fonda was dubbed a “Hanoi Jane” and called a traitor after she visited the capital of North Vietnam in 1972, during the height of the Vietnam War.

Fonda was photographed with enemy troops with a helmet and holding a gun while criticizing the U.S.

Decades later, despite numerous public apologies by Fonda over the years that anger is still raw among veterans.

On Wednesday during a peaceful gathering Juan Ngo, a South Vietnam War veteran said, “she betrayed our beloved soldiers during the Vietnam War.”


Fonda has said in the past, that while she understands veterans’ anger, she does not regret taking the1972 trip, which she called “an incredible experience.”