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A Celebration: 100 Years of Great Women (1999)



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Credited cast:
Barbara Walters ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Fonda ... Herself
Katherine Graham Katherine Graham ... Herself
Gloria Steinem ... Herself
Elizabeth Taylor ... Herself
Oprah Winfrey ... Herself


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30 April 1999 (USA) See more »

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Can't believe Jane Fonda is considered a "great woman".
21 September 2007 | by brydesignsSee all my reviews

The fact that anyone would honor that traitor is preposterous. This woman visited servicemen being held prisoner in Vietnam.

The following is an excerpt from a popular urban myth website:

In July 1972, Jane Fonda visited Hanoi, North Vietnam, and began a 2-week tour of the country conducted by uniformed military hosts. Aside from visiting villages, hospitals, schools, and factories, Fonda also posed for pictures in which she was shown applauding North Vietnamese anti-aircraft gunners, was photographed peering into the sights of an NVA anti-aircraft artillery launcher, and made ten propagandistic Tokyo Rose-like radio broadcasts in which she denounced American political and military leaders as "war criminals". She also spoke with 8 American POWs at a carefully arranged "press conference," POWs who had been beaten by their North Vietnamese captors to force them to meet with Fonda, deny they had been tortured, and decry the American war effort. Fonda apparently didn't notice (or care) that the POWs were delivering their lines under duress or find it unusual that she was not allowed to visit the POW camp itself. She merely went home and told the world that "(the POWs) assured me they were in good health. When I asked them if they were brainwashed, they all laughed. Without exception, they expressed shame at what they had done." She did, however, charge that North Vietnamese POWs were systematically tortured in American POW camps.

When American POWs finally began to return home and describe the tortures they had endured at the hands of the North Vietnamese, Jane Fonda quickly told the country that they should "not hail the POWs as heroes, because they are hypocrites and liars." Fonda said the idea that the POWs she had met in Vietnam had been tortured was "laughable," claiming: "These were not men who had been tortured. These were not men who had been starved. These were not men who had been brainwashed." The POWs who said they had been tortured were "exaggerating, probably for their own self-interest," she asserted. She told audiences that "Never in the history of the United States have POWs come home looking like football players. These football players are no more heroes than Custer was. They're military careerists and professional killers" who are "trying to make themselves look self-righteous, but they are war criminals according to the law."

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