Candidate Landavazo Objects to Jane Fonda’s Appearance at WeHo Veterans Park

Sat, Feb 16, 2013   By Staff    4 Comments
Jane Fonda in Hanoi, One Billion Rising

Jane Fonda in Hanoi, 1972

One Billion Rising? At West Hollywood’s Sal Guariello Veterans Memorial Park last Thursday it was more like 999,999,999. The One Billion Rising event, designed to promote a campaign to fight violence against women, attracted WeHo council members Abbe Land and John Duran and council candidate Sam Borelli, along with actors Marisa Tomei and Anne Hathaway and a number of local women. Missing was Christopher Landavazo, the deputy sheriff and Navy veteran who also is running for the WeHo council. Landavazo objected that Jane Fonda, still controversial among veterans for her actions during the Vietnam War, had a leading role in an event staged at a park dedicated to veterans.

Landavazo said he was a strong supporter of efforts to curb violence against women, but thought that inviting Fonda to an event in a veterans’ park was insensitive. During the Vietnam War, Fonda made a controversial trip in 1972 to Hanoi, where she was photographed sitting on a North Vietnamese anti-aircraft battery and made radio broadcasts calling American political and military leaders “war criminals.” She also called prisoners of war who returned to the United States after the war “hypocrites and liars” for claiming they had been tortured by the North Vietnamese. Fonda has subsequently said she regretted being photographed on the anti-aircraft gun but stood by her other comments.

EDITOR’S NOTE: An earlier version of this story said that John Duran objected to Jane Fonda’s presence at the event in Sal Guariello Veterans Memorial Park. The objection was raised by Christopher Landavazo.

 

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4 Comments

  1. Woody McBreairtySat, Feb 16, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    To Christopher Landavazo, I say Get A Life! Good Lord! This is so annoying, I can’t even believe he’s going there. Move on dude

  2. SnarkygalSat, Feb 16, 2013 at 5:09 pm

    @ Woody – You criticize Christopher Landavazo, but what about Duran? He objected also, but hypocritically attended. I respect Landavazo more for speaking out and staying away.

  3. Woody McBreairtySun, Feb 17, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I responded to this article which is about Landavazo, not Duran, who will be anywhere there is media. Hypocrite is too kind a word.

  4. RikTue, Feb 19, 2013 at 11:37 am

    Oh come on … The City invites Jane Fonda to speak at West Hollywood’s Sal Guariello Veterans Memorial Park. They’re so steeped in their ideology that they never thought it might offend veterans. It’s a Veterans and War Memorial, not a performance space.

    Landavazo is 100% right on this one.

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