The Movie Palace and Showtime Cinemas in Elizabethtown, Ky., has banned the civil rights drama "The Butler" because the theater's owner Ike Boutwell claims one of the stars of the film, Jane Fonda, is “an enemy of the United States of America.”
“I was a military flight instructor during the Vietnam War, taught hundreds of pilots to fly, many of whom Ms. Fonda clapped and cheered as they were shot down and killed," Boutwell told The News-Enterprise (video below). "That’s treason, right in our Constitution … aid and comfort to the enemy.”
While Fonda opposed the Vietnam War and did visit North Vietnam, which she called an "unforgivable mistake," there is no record that Fonda ever "clapped and cheered" as Americans "were shot down and killed."
Fonda also visited American POWs in Vietnam and brought them messages from their families.
“I’m a former Marine, I’ve got a long memory," Boutwell said. "I just, I cannot give up to the enemy, and Ms. Fonda, as far as I’m concerned, is an enemy of the United States of America. That’s exactly how I feel about it.”
Boutwell was also shocked that a “person of treason” like Fonda could portray a “patriotic lady” like Nancy Reagan.
Reagan was a leading supporter of 'The War on Drugs," which has imprisoned millions of non-violent offenders.