You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Jane Addiction

Do you think it’s time for some new material?

Almost two generations have passed since Jane Fonda made her notorious trip to Hanoi, but she continues to be a weapon in the conservative arsenal.

Mitt Romney was perhaps the first 08 candidate to use it, invoking her name in a slam on Barack Obama during today’s ABC News-sponsored debate in Iowa. Per the AP, Romney said: “I mean, in one week he went from saying he’s going to sit down, you know, for tea, with our enemies, but then he’s going to bomb our allies,” said Romney. “I mean, he’s gone from Jane Fonda to Dr. Strangelove in one week.”

You may remember that Fonda was used against John Kerry in 2004, when a vintage picture, right, was sent around the media that showed Kerry sitting near Fonda at a Vietnam anti-war protest in Valley Forge, Pa. (You do have to look closely.) Not only was it guilt by association, it also took place in 1970 before Fonda visited Hanoi. What’s more, another picture soon followed that showed Kerry and Fonda sharing a podium at a rally. But the picture was clearly a hoax.Fonda has taken a more active role in politics recently, having shown up for an anti-Iraq war rally in Washington earlier this year, right with Sean Penn. But she has yet to contribute to any candidate.

“I haven’t spoken at an anti-war rally in 34 years,” Fonda said, adding, “Silence is no longer an option.”

Sure, she’s back, but Romney’s use of Fonda is a pretty stale piece of rhetoric. Doesn’t he know that Michael Moore is this year’s punching bag?

More Voices

  • What's Next for 'Natasha, Pierre and

    What's Next for 'Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812'

    Do you think it’s time for some new material? Almost two generations have passed since Jane Fonda made her notorious trip to Hanoi, but she continues to be a weapon in the conservative arsenal. Mitt Romney was perhaps the first 08 candidate to use it, invoking her name in a slam on Barack Obama during […]

  • Hayes Theater

    'Torch Song,' Second Stage and the $64 Million Broadway Bet

    Do you think it’s time for some new material? Almost two generations have passed since Jane Fonda made her notorious trip to Hanoi, but she continues to be a weapon in the conservative arsenal. Mitt Romney was perhaps the first 08 candidate to use it, invoking her name in a slam on Barack Obama during […]

  • Phantom of the Opera Broadway

    What Broadway Learned From 'The Phantom of the Opera'

    Do you think it’s time for some new material? Almost two generations have passed since Jane Fonda made her notorious trip to Hanoi, but she continues to be a weapon in the conservative arsenal. Mitt Romney was perhaps the first 08 candidate to use it, invoking her name in a slam on Barack Obama during […]

  • RWS Entertainment Group Marquee Holland America

    RWS Entertainment Launches Theatrical Development Department (EXCLUSIVE)

    Do you think it’s time for some new material? Almost two generations have passed since Jane Fonda made her notorious trip to Hanoi, but she continues to be a weapon in the conservative arsenal. Mitt Romney was perhaps the first 08 candidate to use it, invoking her name in a slam on Barack Obama during […]

  • Hamilton West End Production.

    ‘Hamilton,’ Broadway and the Duel Over Paperless Tickets

    Do you think it’s time for some new material? Almost two generations have passed since Jane Fonda made her notorious trip to Hanoi, but she continues to be a weapon in the conservative arsenal. Mitt Romney was perhaps the first 08 candidate to use it, invoking her name in a slam on Barack Obama during […]

  • HadestownNew York Theatre WorkshopBy Anaïs MitchellDeveloped

    Streaming to Broadway: How New Titles, Talent Grow Buzz Online

    Do you think it’s time for some new material? Almost two generations have passed since Jane Fonda made her notorious trip to Hanoi, but she continues to be a weapon in the conservative arsenal. Mitt Romney was perhaps the first 08 candidate to use it, invoking her name in a slam on Barack Obama during […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content