Dozens of Veterans Protest Prior to Showing of Jane Fonda’s Movie At Traverse City Film Festival
The Traverse City Film Festival is a popular week for the Cherry Capital, but not everyone is excited to have the actress in town.
Jane Fonda’s movie, ‘Nine to Five’ is playing at the Open Space Wednesday night.
There were already dozens of veterans protesting nearly three hours before the start of the film.
Traverse City Police Department set aside an area for protestors, and they are going to have an increased presence to keep everyone safe.
“We can’t change anything, we just want to let her know that we have not forgotten what she did,” Calvin Murphy, Vietnam veteran said.
President and founder of the Traverse City Film Festival, Michael Moore, calls Jane Fonda one of his personal heroes, which is why she is being honored with the festival’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
But veterans are calling that a slap in the face.
“Our country had turned our back on us but we dealt with it. Tried to move on. But when she want to Hanoi and sat on that weapon she’s got different reasons why she did that, crossed the line. That to us was an act of treason,” Murphy said.
Vets say they’ve moved on, but have not forgotten.
“How can there not be forgiveness to a woman who has done so much good over one photograph because I hear people talking and they’re like ‘oh yeah she was so against the war’ and I was against the war,” Lola Jackson said.
Others say this isn’t the time or place to be protesting.
“I think it’s kind of silly no matter what your thoughts are to do that during the Film Festival,” Linda Edwards said.
“What good will it do, that’s my thoughts, what’s it going to end up to be,” Suzanne Donati said.
Everyone we talked to said they do want this to be a peaceful demonstration and they plan to leave before the movie starts.