I can understand that the lasting animosity directed at Fonda would be hard to grasp for those who weren't around back then. A lot of it stems from the fact that she didn't just attack the U.S. policies or our pols, she didn't just attack the grunts, she didn't just praise the enemy, she actually aimed her vitriol at our POWs, many of whom had been held for years and had their bodies and minds shattered in the process. She characterized the POWs as liars and malingerers at a time when most Americans had seen pictures of POWs who resembled Auschwitz survivors. The reaction to Fonda wasn't just a matter of who was pro- or anti- war. Fonda's actions outraged and repulsed many Americans who were staunchly against the war. Her actions were so beyond the pale that it's hard to come up with a modern analogy, but it might be something like this: Beautiful, pampered child of show biz royalty goes to Iraq or A-stan during the war there... tours IED manufacture sites and poses happily with the bomb makers .... holds herself out as an authority while accusing U.S. troops coming home minus limbs with exaggerating their injuries ... and gladly plays along while our enemies - who are still killing Americans - feature her in their propaganda campaigns. As for Ayers vs. Fonda, at the time Ayers was essentially unknown outside the campus left and more radical anti-war circles. Fonda was an established star and her exploits were big MSM news.