by Christopher Freeburn | August 23, 2013 4:37 pm
The Butler may have topped the nation’s box office last weekend, but two movie theaters in Kentucky wouldn’t even show the film.
Inspired by the experiences of an African-American butler who served a number of U.S. presidents in the White House across several decades, the movie features an all star cast, including Oprah Winfrey, Forest Whitaker, Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda. It was Fonda’s presence in the film that earned it two heavy thumbs down from theater owner Ike Boutwell, UPI notes.
Fonda, who plays Nancy Reagan in the movie, is infamous to many veterans of the Vietnam War due to her outspoken opposition to U.S. involvement in the conflict and a 1972 visit to North Vietnam during which she was photographed sitting on a an anti-aircraft gun.
A Vietnam and Korean War veteran, Boutwell described Fonda as a “treasonist person,” who supported the enemy. He called her casting as the patriotic Nancy Reagan a “slap in the face.”
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