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When you hear that a theater in Kentucky won’t show “The Butler,” you think that it has something to do with racism. But this isn’t it. It’s actually patriotism that is getting the goat of this particular owner. It’s being reported that they are still remembering what Jane Fonda did over 30 years ago, and refusing to show her film as a result. It may not be newsworthy, however, since the film was a huge hit at the box office. That’s even without getting all the theaters in central Kentucky.
A central Kentucky theater owner is refusing to show the nation’s top movie.
Ike Boutwell, who owns MoviePalace and Showtime Cinemas in Elizabethtown, told The News-Enterprise that people who want to see “The Butler” will have to go elsewhere.
Boutwell says he won’t show the popular flick about a butler who served eight U.S. presidents because it has actress Jane Fonda in it.
He said Fonda’s statements and demonstrations against the Vietnam War caused him to view her as a traitor, and he won’t show any movie involving her in his theaters.
Boutwell is a Korean War veteran who trained pilots during the Vietnam War.
The movie debuted last weekend in the top spot.
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