Jane Fonda Film Banned From Kentucky Theaters
Published on Wednesday, May 18, 2005 by The News-Enterprise (Hardin County, Kentucky)
Fonda Flick Doesn't Fly in Hardin County
by John Friedlein

The owner of Hardin County's two movie theaters is refusing to show the nation's top-grossing movie.

Like many veterans, Ike Boutwell has an issue with "Monster-in-Law" star Jane Fonda. On the ticket window at the Elizabethtown Movie Palace is a sign that tells movie goers the cinema will not show the film because of what she did in Vietnam. Below the message are pictures of Fonda clapping with a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft crew in 1972.

The sign on the marquee outside Showtime Cinemas in Radcliff reads: "No Jane Fonda movie in this theater."

More than 30 years after the war's end, Boutwell still bears a grudge.

"I trained a lot of pilots during the Vietnam conflict," he said.

Some of his students died from rounds fired from guns like the one Fonda visited during her anti-war trip.

"I think when people do something, they need to be held responsible for their actions," he said. "When you give the enemy aid, it makes the war last longer."

He also refused to show Michael Moore's controversial "Fahrenheit 9/11" and has banned Fonda movies from his theater in the past. Fonda's last movie was 1990's "Stanley & Iris."

Boutwell's stance against her latest movie means he's taking a financial hit. "Monster-in-Law" was last weekend's top-grossing movie, bringing in more than $23 million at 3,424 locations nationwide, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. and Nielsen EDI Inc.

The film is a romantic comedy about a mom who tries to wreck her son's relationship.

Amy Haire, who works the ticket booth of the Elizabethtown theater, has received mixed reaction to Boutwell's decision.

"A lot of the older gentlemen thought it was great," she said.

She got bad looks, though, from some girls and young women who wanted to see the film. She would point to the pictures and tell them it's the owner's discretion not to show it.

Joe Kinney, of Radcliff, said the theater should show the movie and let customers make up their minds about whether to see it. However, he said he isn't a fan of Fonda for political reasons.

Despite a few negative comments, Boutwell received mostly positive feedback.

One Elizabethtown man made a special trip to the theater Monday to thank him.

"I think Vietnam veterans appreciate this," said Sal Mancuso, who fought in the Mekong Delta during the Vietnam war. He thinks Fonda should be in prison for treason.

Asked about her belated apology for posing in the anti-aircraft pictures, Mancuso laughed. "There is no defense for what she did," he said.

Spc. Mike Carwile, who is with a National Guard medical detachment, said he wasn't even a twinkle in his father's eye when Fonda visited Vietnam.

The 22-year-old learned about her Vietnam War-era activities when he saw the notice outside the theater Monday. He supported Boutwell's decision.

"I think everyone's responsible for what they do," he said.

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