Jane Fonda Regrets Vietnam Photo: "It Was a Huge, Huge Mistake"

Jane Fonda Hanoi - H 2015
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Jane Fonda Hanoi - H 2015

The actress says she regrets the way she was portrayed as anti-troop during the Vietnam War.

Jane Fonda regrets the way her infamous Vietnam photo made her appear anti-troop, calling it a "huge, huge mistake."

Fonda, 77, made the statement during an appearance in Maryland on Saturday that drew scores of protesters, including roughly 50 military veterans, according to a report by the Frederick News-Post. The protesters carried copies of the 1972 photo — showing Fonda sitting on an anti-aircraft battery and wearing a helmet — as well as signs that read, "Forgive? Maybe. Forget? Never."

Fonda, who earned the nickname "Hanoi" Jane partly as a result of the photo, said, "Whenever possible I try to sit down with vets and talk with them, because I understand and it makes me sad. It hurts me and it will to my grave that I made a huge, huge mistake that made a lot of people think I was against the soldiers.”

She added, "I'm a lightning rod. This famous person goes and does something that looks like I’m against the troops, which wasn’t true, but it looked that way, and I’m a convenient target. So, I understand.”

Fonda previously spoke out about her reputation as a traitor in 2011, writing a blog piece for The Huffington Post: "These lies have circulated for almost 40 years, continually reopening the wound of the Vietnam War and causing pain to families of American servicemen. The lies distort the truth of why I went to North Vietnam and they perpetuate the myth that being anti-war means being anti-soldier."