QVC cancels Jane Fonda's appearance

By David Falcone,

The cable shopping channel, QVC, cancelled Jane Fonda's scheduled appearance to promote her new book because of calls from viewers threatening to boycott the channel.

According to CBS News, the actress was supposed to promote her new book about aging, Prime Time, but the network received an outpouring of calls from people criticizing Fonda's opposition of the Vietnam War and threatening to stop watching the show if she appeared.

In the end, QVC decided to cancel her spot on the show.

Jane Fonda wrote on her blog: "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 have never shied away from talking about this as I have nothing to hide. I could have pointed out that threats of boycotts are nothing new for me and have never prevented me from having bestselling books and exercise DVDs, films, and a Broadway play.

"Most people don't buy into the far right lies. Many people have reached out to express how excited they were about my going onto QVC and hearing about my book.

"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.

"I do not understand what the far right stands to gain by continuing with these myths. In this case, they denied a lot of people the chance to hear about a book that can help make life better, easier and more fulfilling. I am deeply grateful for all of the support I have been getting since this happened, including from my Vietnam Veterans friends."

According to CNBC, back in 1972, Fonda visited the capital of North Vietnam at the height of the war. She posed for photos showing her sitting on a Viet Cong anti-aircraft gun. Her actions angered many Vietnam War supporters.

Fonda has since expressed regret about those photos.

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