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Veteran speaks out about "The Butler" star Jane Fonda

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OAK GROVE, La. (KNOE 8 News) - The Fiske Theatre in Oak Grove has decided not to air the new number one movie "The Butler" because of actress Jane Fonda.

Many Vietnam veterans consider actress Jane Fonda a traitor after her actions during the Vietnam War. The Fiske Theatre has decided to honor their wishes and not allow the movie "The Butler" in their theater.

When a movie goes to the one-screen Fiske Theatre, it airs for about a week before being switched for another.
"Generally if a movie makes it to number one, it makes it to oak grove," says Adam Holland of the Fiske.

This week's number one movie on the other hand, will not be making an appearance.

"The Butler movie is one that I felt would play well in Oak Grove," says Holland about the content of the film.

He planned to air the movie until he heard dissent from local Vietnam veterans.

"I haven't seen the movie, I haven't even read reviews on it," says Jess Smith, "I didn't have to go any further than when I found that Jane Fonda was not only in the movie but she was portraying the first lady of the United States."

Fonda, who plays Nancy Reagan in film, is called a traitor by many veterans, because of her trips to North Vietnam during the war, although many stories of her involvement vary.
"She took some letters from the prisoners saying she would get them to their families then threw them away," according to Holland, but Smith says, "She went straight to the commandant and gave those back to him. Some were tortured, others died."

Holland has only gotten positive feedback after the decision to not play the film.

"Financially we may not have made the right decision, but as a community theater, as a patriotic minded American citizen I think we made the very best decision we could possibly make," says Holland.

Despite some theaters deciding not to air "The Butler," it's the highest grossing movie in the country for two weeks in a row, earning more than $52 million.

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