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War vet theater owner won’t show ‘The Butler’ featuring Hanoi Jane

Ike Boutwell theater owner
Theater owner Ike Boutwell

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The Butler” may have been the top movie at the box office last weekend, but it won’t be shown in one theater in Elizabethtown, Ky. The theater’s owner has a policy against showing movies that feature Jane Fonda.

U. S. Marine Corps veteran Ike Boutwell served in the Korean War and trained pilots during the Vietnam War. He views Fonda as a traitor to America because of her anti-Vietnam War statements and demonstrations, according to the local The News-Enterprise.

“I trained hundreds of pilots to fly, many of whom Ms. Fonda clapped and cheered as they were shot down,” he told The News-Enterprise. “Our Constitution only mentions three crimes. Treason is one. That’s aid and comfort to the enemy.”

The News-Enterprise described Fonda’s anti-war tactics this way:

Fonda was part of the 1970 anti-war road show “Free The Army,” and called American political and military leaders war criminals.

She was photographed sitting on an anti-aircraft battery in North Vietnam. She has since said she was manipulated into sitting there. She said the soldiers asked her to sing a song, and she began laughing and clapping with them during the tune as they led her to sit upon the anti-aircraft battery, not noticing what it was.

Veterans across the nation are boycotting the film and even set up a Facebook page called “Boycott Hanoi Jane Playing Nancy Reagan,” which has attracted over 30,000 followers.

Fonda told the Hollywood Reporter the boycotting veterans should “get a life.”

Jane Fonda
“Hanoi Jane” Fonda

“To add to this, I just really think it’s a slap in the face to have a person of treason portray a patriotic lady, Mrs. Reagan,” Boutwell told The News-Enterprise. “I just think that is throwing gas on the fire.”

And if that weren’t enough, Fonda wore a “Hanoi Jane” T-shirt during an interview promoting the movie.

Boutwell said he is not concerned about losing money because of his decision and he hasn’t received any complaints.

“In life, you’ve got to stand for something, and that’s where I stand,” he said. “It makes me feel that I’m honoring those who died for this country.”


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