Michael Moore announced Wednesday that his Traverse City Film Festival will honor actress and fellow activist Jane Fonda with a lifetime achievement award during its 14th session, which will begin July 31.
“I can think of no other artist who has given more to her country,” Moore said in announcing the award. “What an honor for our festival audience to welcome and to be inspired by the work of this American icon. Her voice is as needed today as much as ever.”
Mr. Moore’s characterization of Jane Fonda as an American hero who has given more to her country than any other artist might strike some as curious.
Jane Fonda is notorious for her 1972 trip to North Vietnam where she was photographed sitting on an anti-aircraft gun that would have been used to shoot down American planes, laughing and clapping along with Vietnamese soldiers, an episode that earned her the nickname “Hanoi Jane.”
The actress also reportedly called returning servicemen — who accused the North Vietnamese of torture — “hypocrites and liars.”
Not long afterward, the Veterans of Foreign Wars passed a resolution calling for her to be prosecuted as a traitor and in March 1973, the Maryland state legislature held a hearing to have Fonda and her films barred from the state.
Fonda’s pacifism and anti-American rants are not her only claim to fame.
A well-known abortion activist, Fonda gave more than $12 million dollars to help bankroll an advertising campaign in 2000 to promote candidates supporting legalized abortion. The following year, she established the Jane Fonda Center for Adolescent Reproductive Health at the Emory School of Medicine.
In 2003, Fonda received the Planned Parenthood Federation of America’s highest honor, the Margaret Sanger Award, named for Planned Parenthood’s founder, a noted eugenicist.
At the award ceremony, Planned Parenthood president Gloria Feldt said that Fonda, who served on a Planned Parenthood advisory board, had helped the organization take a more active role in politics.
Meanwhile, as Michael Moore was announcing his award for Jane Fonda, the actress’ brother Peter was sending out vulgar tweets threatening to “rip Barron Trump from his mother’s arms and put him in a cage with pedophiles.”
Perhaps the title of “American icon” applied to Jane Fonda is more understandable when one considers who is bestowing it, controversial U.S. filmmaker and left-wing political agitator Michael Moore, who was immortalized in a 2004 documentary film called “Michael Moore Hates America,” directed by Mike Wilson.
Even professional atheist Christopher Hitchens had no time for Moore’s shenanigans.
In a searing critique of Moore’s 2004 documentary Fahrenheit 9/11, Hitchens said that to “describe this film as dishonest and demagogic would almost be to promote those terms to the level of respectability.”
“Fahrenheit 9/11 is a sinister exercise in moral frivolity, crudely disguised as an exercise in seriousness. It is also a spectacle of abject political cowardice masking itself as a demonstration of ‘dissenting’ bravery,” he wrote.
It is no surprise that Michael Moore, whose “bravery” consists in dissing America, finds Jane Fonda so appealing.
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