Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Don't nobody bring me no bad news

Now here's a misleading headline, courtesy of AP: "Jane Fonda Film Banned From Ky. Theaters." Pity it isn't true. (The Newsweek-ization of American media continues! Zing.) ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - The owner of two Kentucky theaters has refused to show the new Jane Fonda film "Monster-in-Law" because of the activist role the actress took during the Vietnam War. Ike Boutwell, who trained pilots during the Vietnam War, displayed pictures of Fonda clapping with a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft crew in 1972 outside the Elizabethtown Movie Palace to show his disapproval. The marquee outside Showtime Cinemas in nearby Radcliff reads: "No Jane Fonda movie in this theater." Both theaters are just a few miles from the Army post of Fort Knox, south of Louisville. [...] Boutwell also banned previous Jane Fonda films, as well as Michael Moore's film, "Fahrenheit 9/11." So it might be more accurate, perhaps, to say that a private business owner has chosen not to show a film that - given his clientele - wouldn't likely be particularly popular in any event, his personal feelings about Fonda's aid and comfort of an enemy during wartime aside. But it lets a wire service imply Those redneck hicks, they're so reactionary that an entire state will ban Jane Fonda movies, thus letting smug liberal Fonda fans feel superior; that's more important than reporting facts, right? (Via NealeNews.)


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