The National Women's Hall of Fame is facing dire consequences after its induction of Jane Fonda earlier this month, with its host town in Seneca Falls, N.Y., now threatening to pull all funding out of respect to its veterans, many of whom still view the actress as Hanoi Jane for her support of North Vietnam, and anti-American actions during the Vietnamese war.
Seneca Falls Supervisor Greg Lazzaro released a resolution Thursday stating the town, which was the site of America's first-ever women's right's convention in 1848, would cease to support the Hall of Fame as a way of distancing itself from Fonda's actions during the Vietnam War, USA Today noted.
"Jane Fonda's actions of bringing medical supplies to North Vietnam during the Vietnam War, deriding our POWs . . . and posing for pictures atop missile-launchers designed to shoot down American planes brought divisiveness to our country and to this day to our Vietnam Veterans, and it is viewed by virtually all Veterans as treason to this country," the resolution read.
Fonda has apologized for her actions but they continue to haunt her, and now it could impact the Hall of Fame, which has received $278,750 from its host town since 2010, CNN reported. Commenting on the resolution, Lazzaro said Fonda's views remained unacceptable.
"I don't believe she deserves to be in the hall of fame," he told CNN.
It is not just Lazzaro who feels strongly about Fonda's induction into the National Women's Hall of Fame. He said several other community members have also expressed disapproval and concern. Amongst them are members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars including David Ostrosk, who called Fonda's induction a "slap in the face," CNN noted.
"It's like, are you kidding me? In my hometown, you want to do this," he said.
The National Women's Hall of Fame meanwhile remains steadfast in its decision to induct Fonda.
"Women who are making a difference in this world aren't always popular," commented Kate Bennett, incoming chair of the organization, said.