Jane Fonda has been invited to give the commencement address to UCLA’s School of Theater, Film, and Television this month, angering California Vietnam veterans.
Fonda sparked outrage in 1972 when she visited Vietnam, met and took photographs with Communist troops, and famously called American soldiers “war criminals.”
Fonda apologized and expressed regret for her actions in a 2013 interview with Oprah, saying that her trip was an “unforgivable mistake.” Indeed, veterans don’t appear to have forgotten or forgiven Fonda’s actions. The president of the Santa Clarita chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America, Nick Callas, has set up a Facebook page called “Vets Boycotting Hanoi Jane Fonda.”
“We hate her,” Callas told Fox News. “It makes me sick to see her get this kind of recognition.”
The school’s dean, Teri Schwartz, defended the university’s choice to invite her to speak to the graduates. “We are truly honored to have Jane Fonda speak at this year’s commencement ceremony,” she said. “Jane is a visionary and remarkable artist who has spent her life telling deeply powerful stories that have moved and inspired audiences worldwide to action for the greater good and to a greater understanding of our common humanity through her films, philanthropic efforts and personal journeys.”