‘Jane Fonda Day’ to be moved amid outcry from Vietnamese community

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Amid intense backlash, Los Angeles County supervisors are rescheduling "Jane Fonda Day" after setting it on April 30, a date of mourning for many Vietnamese Americans.

Key points:

  • April 30 is known in the Vietnamese American community as "Black April," commemorating the Fall of Saigon in 1975.

  • Vietnamese Americans and politicians expressed anger and disappointment at the perceived insensitivity of honoring Fonda, a controversial figure, on this day.

  • L.A. County Board of Supervisors Chair Lindsey Horvath acknowledged the concerns and announced plans to move the date to April 8, which still falls on Earth Month.

The details:

  • Actress and activist Jane Fonda was recently honored by the L.A. County Board of Supervisors for her work on climate change and social justice.

  • For many Vietnamese Americans, April 30 is a day of mourning and remembrance for those who lost their lives or were displaced during the Vietnam War.

  • Several politicians, including State Sen. Janet Nguyen and U.S. Rep. Michelle Steel, have called for the date to be changed.

  • Jane Fonda's activism during the war, including her visit to Hanoi and photos with North Vietnamese soldiers, remains a sensitive issue for many. While Fonda has not directly commented on the recent controversy, she previously apologized for her actions.

  • The Board of Supervisors will vote on moving "Jane Fonda Day" to April 8 at their upcoming meeting on May 21.

 

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