Ike Boutwell, Korean War veteran who trained Vietnam War pilots and current owner of the Movie Palace in Elizabethtown, Ky, has refused to show the new Lee Daniels film “The Butler” at his theater because it stars 75 year old Jane Fonda aka Hanoi Jane– a figure Boutwell says is guilty of treason for giving aid and comfort to the enemy during the Vietnam war:
“I trained hundreds of pilots to fly, many of whom Ms. Fonda clapped and cheered as they were shot down,” Boutwell told the News-Enterprise. “Our Constitution only mentions three crimes. Treason is one. That’s aid and comfort to the enemy.”
Boutwell also thinks Fonda being cast as former First Lady Nancy Reagan is intended to be disrespectful – and reviews from movie goers who have seen the film have added credibility to that suspicion:
“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,” he said. “I just think that is throwing gas on the fire.”
Locals have mixed feelings on the matter – ranging from disappointment that the film won’t be shown to praise for his patriotic stance. You can read comments on the on the cinema’s Facebook page.
Other veterans and veteran groups from around the country are also boycotting the film.