The actress, writer and exercise video star had been scheduled to appear on the shopping channel QVC to promote her new book on ageing, “Prime Time: Love, Health, Sex, Fitness, Friendship, Spirit” on Saturday (July 23) . However, the network apparently received “a lot of calls”” threatening to boycott the channel if Fonda was allowed to appear.
Why has the 73-year-old screen icon inspire such anger among US television viewers?
It seems that the problems surround her past as a political activist. Viewers’ complaints were about “Hanoi Jane’s” anti-Vietnam War protests.
It seems those old wounds have not yet healed, but Fonda is very angry to be dropped from QVC as a result. She took to her website to complain:
“I am, to say the least, deeply disappointed that QVC caved to this kind of insane pressure by some well funded and organized political extremist groups. And that they did it without talking to me first. I could have pointed out that threats of boycotts are nothing new for me and have never prevented me from having best selling books and exercise DVDs, films, and a Broadway play. Most people don’t buy into the far right lies.”
Fonda, was subsequently critical of the US occupation of Iraq. However, in her statement she was keen to point out her patriotism too:
“Bottom line, this has gone on far too long, this spreading of lies about me! None of it is true. NONE OF IT! I love my country. I have never done anything to hurt my country or the men and women who have fought and continue to fight for us.”