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Apr 5, 2013

Hanoi Jane ‘repents’

Hanoi Jane appears to have regrets over the infamous photo of her on a North Vietnamese anti aircraft gun: 
“I made one unforgivable mistake when I was in North Vietnam, and I will go to my grave with this,” Jane Fonda says on the Oprah Winfrey Network. 
The actress and activist made an infamous trip to North Vietnam in 1972 in which she was photographed singing with North Vietnamese military members as she sat on an anti-aircraft gun.  She was criticized then — and ever since — and says she understands the anger. 
Fonda said she knew immediately that she had made a mistake and has apologized repeatedly, both privately and publicly.  
She told OWN program “Oprah’s Master Class” that the event happened on the last day of her visit. She was tired, she said, and didn’t want to attend.  "I don't know if I was set up or not,” she said. “I was an adult. I take responsibility for my actions."  
The soldiers sang a song and Fonda joined in with her “feeble Vietnamese.”   As everyone was laughing and singing, Fonda was led to a gun site, where she sat down. 
“And I was laughing and clapping, and there were pictures taken."  As she walked away, Fonda says she suddenly realized that the pictures would be seen in the United States — and they would not look good.
She seems to have more regrets about the appearance than of her support for the North Vietnamese, but stars tend to be rather full of themselves and utterly narcissistic.  On the other hand, she has at least some regrets, unlike domestic terrorist Bill Ayers who still feels that he didn’t do enough.


  1. Still no remorse over the visit to the Hanoi Hilton, apparently, where American pilot POWs palmed her notes with the real information on how they were being treated. Ol' Jane did and about face and turned those right over to the NVA Commandant without even looking at them. Needless to say, the POWs were to pay a heavy price in brutality for her "accident" on that one.

    Ah, but that event was not so easily seen in photos around the world, thus more easily forgotten and then denied.

  2. Somehow I missed the Hanoi Hilton part, it may not have received much press over here.

    Clearly, her regrets only extend to what was seen and remembered by the public.