Jane Fonda walks back ‘thoughtless’ Vietnam gun stunt. But, you can’t erase this trip down memory lane.

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Jane Fonda’s apology to Vietnam veterans seems too little, too late and earned her online rebukes and some trolling by the NRA over her anti-war activism.

The 80-year-old actress admitted she was “thoughtless” for sitting on an anti-aircraft gun in 1972 while talking with the North Vietnamese near the end of the Vietnam War, a move that earned her the nickname “Hanoi Jane.”

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Fonda offered an apology of sorts to Vietnam veterans and their families while discussing her upcoming HBO documentary “Jane Fonda in Five Acts” with a Television Critics Association panel, according to Variety.

“I’m proud that I went to Vietnam when I did, but what I say in the film is true: I am just so sorry that I was thoughtless enough to sit down on that gun at that time. The message that sends to the guys that were there and their families, it’s horrible for me to think about that,” she said.

With a career spanning more than five decades, Fonda looked back on her activism with few regrets noting the decision to sit where she did during that talk – on an anti-aircraft gun that just may have been used against Americans during the Vietnam War.

“Sometimes I think, ‘Oh I wish I could do it over’ because there are things I would say differently now,” she said.

That trip to North Vietnam was inspired by an encounter with some American soldiers in Paris who filled her in on their experiences.

“I didn’t like it that there were men in France that knew better than I did. The coin shifted. I said, ‘I feel betrayed by this country’s leadership. We’ve been lied to, and I want to do anything I can to expose that,’” she said.

But Fonda’s attempt to walk back her actions more than 40 years later did not impress the liberal’s critics.

The National Rifle Association tweeted a reminder of just how outspoken Fonda was.

Others minced no words in rebuking the actress, whose younger brother Peter ignited controversy when he tweeted that President Donald Trump’s youngest son Barron should be “ripped” from his mother’s arms and put in a cage “with pedophiles.”

Apology or not, Fonda’s past will not easily be forgotten – or forgiven – as Twitter users reacted.

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