Wednesday, July 27, 2005
The original political Gorgon of Hollywood
DAVE.57.1-4. Here's the masterpiece of understatement for the week:
Jane Fonda, the celebrated Hollywood actress who led demonstrations against the Vietnam war, is returning to her anti-war activities by calling the US to end military operations in Iraq.
Fonda announced over the weekend that she would be leading a cross-country drive in a bio-diesel bus to call for an end to US military operations in Iraq.
She said the campaign would include her family and the families of Iraq war veterans and casualties. Fonda said she decided to resume her anti-war activities at the urging of war veterans.
"I've decided I'm coming out," she said. "I have not taken a stand on any war since Vietnam," she said. "I carry a lot of baggage from that."
She calls it baggage. As if it were something she could order one of her personal assistants to carry for her. Not surprising, I suppose, for someone who has led a life so pampered and removed from meaningful consequence. But I sincerely hope that if she has any real friends, they will dissuade her from this political comeback tour. Time does not heal all wounds, and just because she feels distant from her sins of the 1960s doesn't mean that everyone out there has accepted her fey apologies about the past.
American soldiers were already dying in Vietnam while she was doing this (NSFW). And then, in between movies and marriages and affairs, she noticed that a war was going on and descended from Olympus to render judgment and mete out punishment to those who had honorably accepted the call to duty of their country.
They have not forgotten. Someone should advise her to look here and here and here and here and here and here and here. And if that doesn't convince her, make her work her way through this gauntlet (297,000 entries) of contempt, disgust, and loathing intermingled with half-wit excuses and rationalizations.
And even this grim Google search does not encompass all the havoc she has wreaked upon the nation. Without the precedent set by Jane Fonda, we would not now be suffering the shallow, moronic pontifications of Susan Sarandon, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, Jessica Lange, Sharon Stone, Janeane Garofalo, and all the other college dropout she-wolves of Hollywood. Fonda helped unleash a poison upon this nation that could still do mortal damage to millions who know little of the Vietnam War. What a legacy.
She's 68 (?) now. Forgiveness is not in the cards. The very best she could achieve is a dignified silence. But I suspect that even that is too much to hope for. Medusa was never much for looking in a mirror.
UPDATE 08-02-05. Michell Malkin has an entertaining entry about Jane here.