Theater Refuses to Screen The Butler Over Jane Fonda

Owner thinks her Vietnam War views make her a traitor
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 23, 2013 10:40 AM CDT
This film image released by The Weinstein Company shows Jane Fonda as Nancy Reagan, center left, and Alan Rickman as Ronald Reagan in a scene from 'The Butler.'   (AP Photo/The Weinstein Company, Anne Marie Fox)

(Newser) – A central Kentucky theater owner who trained pilots during the Vietnam War is refusing to show the nation's top movie, The Butler, because Jane Fonda, who plays Nancy Reagan in the film, was an outspoken opponent of the conflict. Ike Boutwell, owner of MoviePalace and Showtime Cinemas in Elizabethtown, tells the News-Enterprise that Fonda's statements and demonstrations against the Vietnam War caused him to view her as a traitor, and he won't show any movie involving her in his theaters. Says the Korean War vet, "I trained hundreds of pilots to fly, many of whom Ms. Fonda clapped and cheered as they were shot down." (We're guessing Fonda thinks Boutwell should "get a life.")

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