Sunday, July 17, 2011

"Hanoi Jane" bounced off QVC after boycott threats

QVC shopping network suddenly cancelled a promotional appearance by actress and fitness advocate Jane Fonda after viewers protested her former support of the National Liberation Front and the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War.

At the time, she appeared in films and in print media visiting anti-aircraft installations in Hanoi and orphanages located in the North Vietnamese country side.

She and other celebrity activists made frequent appearances to advocate peace at “coffee houses” located near the main gates of military installations throughout the U.S.

Ms. Fonda characterized the criticism as “spreading of lies about me.” She had planned the appearance to promote sales of a new about healt and fitness through exercise and proper nutrition.

Paul Capelli, a spokesman for West Chester, Pa.-based QVC, confirmed Fonda's cancelled appearance, but specified no reason.
"It's not unusual to have a schedule change with our shows and guests with little or no notice," he said in an e-mail. Fonda is not currently re-scheduled to appear, he said.

Ms. Fonda reacted in this way.

“Most people don’t buy into the far right lies...

“Bottom line, this has gone on far too long, this spreading of lies about me! None of it is true. NONE OF IT! I love my country. I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us. I do not understand what the far right stands to gain by continuing with these myths. In this case, they denied a lot of people the chance to hear about a book that can help make life better, easier and more fulfilling. I am deeply grateful for all of the support I have been getting since this happened, including from my Vietnam Veterans friends.”

Many rock and roll fans say that this Bob Seger song was inspired by a fitness video produced and marketed by Ms. Fonda in which she appeared doing aerobic jazzercises. She is aged in her early 70's.

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