The multi-national televised home shopping network QVC has canceled an upcoming broadcast with Jane Fonda, a cancelation the actress is not too happy with. Fonda, who recently stared as a grumpy mother-in-law in Monster-in-law, had this to say in her blog:
“I was to have been on QVC today to introduce my book, ‘Prime Time,’ about aging and the life cycle. The network said they got a lot of calls yesterday criticizing me for my opposition to the Vietnam War and threatening to boycott the show if I was allowed to appear. I am, to say the least, deeply disappointed that QVC caved to this kind of insane pressure by some well funded and organized political extremist groups. And that they did it without talking to me first. I have never shied away from talking about this as I have nothing to hide. I could have pointed out that threats of boycotts are nothing new for me and have never prevented me from having best selling books and exercise DVDs, films, and a Broadway play. Most people don’t buy into the far right lies. Many people have reached out to express how excited they were about my going onto QVC and hearing about my book.
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.”
Fonda is known for having won two Academy Awards in addition to her vocal support of liberal causes. A staunch opponent of the Vietnam War, Fonda traveled to North Vietnam in 1972 where she was photographed smiling in front of a weapon used by enemies to shoot down American planes.
Although Fonda has expressed regret for the photos many veterans still resent the actress. At a Kansas City book signing in 2005, one Vietnam veteran was so disgusted with Fonda he was willing to wait hours in line for the opportunity to successfully spit a mouth full of chewing tobacco juice in the actress’s face.
QVC has not yet released a comment concerning the matter, and it is unclear which “well funded and organized political extremist groups” encouraged a boycott of Fonda’s appearance.