Vietnam Vet: 'Inhumane' to Let Hanoi Jane Give UCLA Speech

Wednesday, 04 Jun 2014 08:36 PM

By Sean Piccoli

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Actress Jane Fonda may be greeted by real-life protesters when she gives the send-off speech to UCLA theater graduates on June 13, a Vietnam veteran told Newsmax TV on Wednesday.

Calling Fonda's selection as commencement speaker "inhumane," Nick Callas, a California chapter president of Vietnam Veterans of America, told "America's Forum" that most soldiers of his era still "hate this woman" for her 1972 visit to Hanoi.

Fonda criticized U.S. soldiers and posed for pictures with enemy troops in an encounter that angered veterans and has shadowed her public life ever since.

"She's the wrong person, and it makes me wonder what she's going to tell these graduates at that school," Callas told "America's Forum" host J.D. Hayworth.

Story continues below video.



Fonda, in 2013, apologized for the trip in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey. Callas said he doesn't accept the apology or consider it sincere.

"She's an actress and that's her profession — that's her chosen trade, " he said. "I don't believe a word of it."

"She knew what she was doing [in 1972]," said Callas, "and again, it was to attract an audience back home and because it was not a popular war."

Callas said attitudes toward U.S. troops have thankfully changed since Vietnam.

"Look at how we came home and got treated," he said, adding, "Thank God people have wised up, and boys and girls coming home today from Afghanistan — these are welcomed home. They're the heroes. So, it's OK to hate the war, but not the warrior."

Asked about the possibility of a UCLA campus protest against Fonda next week, Callas said, "Well, I believe there will be. I don't know what size."

Whatever the turnout, he said, "In the hearts of those few will be the hearts of many, because we want to make a stand, and we don't stand with a traitor."

Related Stories:




© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Fox News Blocked From Dish Network

Sunday, 21 Dec 2014 15:20 PM

Dish Network subscribers were unable to watch Fox News Channel and the Fox Business Network on Sunday when the channels  . . .

Rep. Erik Paulsen: Obamacare About to Hit Every American

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 18:41 PM

Minnesota Rep. Erik Paulsen says that every American is about to feel the effects of Obamacare when tax season hits in 2 . . .

FALN Victim's Son: Return 2 Cop Killers Living in Cuba to US

Friday, 19 Dec 2014 17:45 PM

Two cop killers brazenly living in Cuba must be returned to the United States now that new diplomatic relations have bee . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved