So now I know why they hate Jane Fonda so much. In the early 1970s, Fonda, along with Donald Sutherland, Nina Simone and comedy genius Paul Mooney toured U.S. military bases across the Pacific rim in a counter-USO tour called FTA, an acronym that meant Fuck (or Free) The Army. With stops in Hawaii, Okinawa, the Philippines and Tokyo, their variety show performed for thousands of active-duty GIs as the Vietnam war raged. With comedy and song penned by Dalton Trumbo, they attempted to bring rank-and-file soliders together with citizens of the countries the US was occupying and using to launch what had become a genocidal war in Southeast Asia. Promoting insubordianation and solidarity with the third world and domestic resistance movements, the FTA tour is what revolution looks like.
I was lucky enough to find a rare DVD transfer of the video here in New York City and I can't recommend it enough for public showings and anyone thinking about how to reach the soldiers. It's funny, the show is good -- but it's the interviews with soldiers and seamen that are most illuminating. The officers and lifers are theirs, but the army is up for grabs. Find this movie, distribute copies and show it everywhere possible.