NBC rejects calls to cancel show that ‘glorifies war’


 

www.independent.co.uk

Nobel peace laureates led by Desmond Tutu condemn controversial reality showThe moral weight of nine Nobel Peace Prize winners is no match, it seems, for the commercial might of one of America’s biggest broadcasters.

NBC, fresh from shrugging off the opprobrium for its coverage of the London Olympics, waved away the wishes of South African archbishop Desmond Tutu and others, who begged it to scrap a new reality TV show that they say “likens war to an athletic competition”.

NBC went ahead with the broadcast of its show, Stars Earn Stripes, in which minor celebrities undergo simulated military training, including helicopter drops into water and long-range weapons fire, all under the direction of retired General Wesley Clark.

The “stars”, such as they are, are typical scrapings from the underbelly of reality television: there is the snowmobiling husband of the former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin, Todd, who goes by the name “Rambo” in the show; the actor Dean Cain is back on prime time, 15 years after he last played Superman; American footballers and boxers bulk out the cast.

The difference between the show and real military activity, as the peacemakers point out, is that none of these celebrities is remotely likely to be killed or traumatised.

“Preparing for war is neither amusing nor entertaining,” the nine Nobel laureates wrote in an open letter to NBC. “This programme… continues and expands on an inglorious tradition of glorifying war and armed violence.

“Trying to somehow sanitise war by likening it to an athletic competition further calls into question the morality and ethics of linking the military anywhere with the entertainment industry in barely veiled efforts to make war and its multitudinous costs more palatable to the public.”

As well as Archbishop Tutu, the letter is signed by Jody Williams, who won the Peace Prize in 1997 for her work to ban anti-personnel landmines, and seven others, including the former Costa Rican president Oscar Arias Sanchez.

The publicity for Stars Earn Stripes has dressed the show up an “homage to the men and women who serve in the US armed forces”, while the Special Operations Forces officers involved in the show justified it as a recruiting tool.

But even some veterans groups have expressed horror. Amy Fairweather, the director of policy at the veterans’ organisation Swords to Ploughshares, told Radar magazine last week that the show “trivialised war”, whose real consequences were “not that you are knocked out the competition next week, the consequences are you don’t get to go on with your life, period”.

Stars Earn Stripes, however, debuted to robust figures – 5.15 million viewers, making it the No 5 show in prime time on Monday across all networks – and NBC brushed off the concerns when the laureates’ letter arrived just hours before the scheduled broadcast.

A spokesman for the network said: “This show is not a glorification of war, but a glorification of service.”

  1. #1 by shakeel on August 15, 2012 - 3:17 pm

    please forward,Allah says in quran,do not make sects in islam,those who do are not with me,tell all in makkah summit to unite

  2. #2 by galwayspaniard on August 15, 2012 - 4:31 pm

    War is Satanic unless it is truly in self defense but this is common sense.

    They should take a watermelon and drop it from a tall height and tell these people in the show that this is what a head looks like when it is hit by gunfire. Disgusting, sad, sick.

  3. #3 by Gary on August 15, 2012 - 5:29 pm

    Another program courtesy of the jew media designed to condition American youth for more wars for israel.

  4. #4 by on August 15, 2012 - 5:56 pm

    Why stop there? They could do a show called “MeK Commander” on c4, complete with bus ads!

  5. #5 by Ponders70 on August 15, 2012 - 5:57 pm

    A jew run media organization glorifying
    war. Say it ain’t so.
    How utterly despicable.

  6. #6 by Vickie Jacobs on August 15, 2012 - 6:39 pm

    Each month nearly fourty American soldiers are killed in these wars. That’s over 2,000 soldiers a year that have died. They have to attract the young to join to make up the lose. For some young people they may not find good jobs and will turn to the military. We aren’t exposed to those who’s lives were lost like we were in Vietnam. Nothing is seen on TV. John Lennon was right…Television is an extention of the Jewish religion. They do the controlling of our minds.

  7. #7 by Marc C. Daniele on August 15, 2012 - 6:45 pm

    What a disgrace!
    This “show” in NO WAY shows any respect for Military Veterans and the sacrifices they have made! Even-though I don’t believe in the FALSE WARS we are figting now, real respect would be in actually keeping the promises made to take care of them when they return, not turn them and their deeds into a trivial “Reality Show”! I think we all know veterans ARE NOT being properly taken care of, and are basically cannon fodder for corrupt pieces of sh*t’s occupying on government, etc.!

    And by all means let’s forget to mention the innocent men, women, and children that die as a result of war, which this “show” is actually promoting, though I’m sure they will never admit it!

    During the “Olympics” I wrote these fools about this “show”, but it seems they DO NOT care about what some veterans think either! It’s all about greed, and probably a little bit more brainwashing/desensitizing of “The People”!

    The 5.15 million viewers of this BS just goes to show you all how low our society has sunk!

    What’s next?

    War is in no way glorious! Yeah we give medals and awards for deeds in war, but from what I have learned when having time to reflect, most veterans would not wish do it again, and NOT for lack of courage! Let me remind you all of a famous quote “The first casualty of war is truth”!

    A lot of you know I talk about a civil war here at times, but I also think you all know things are very wrong here! To me, and many others (even veterans) there is a BIG difference between taking back your Nation from people out to destroy it, and people making money off desensitzing people to the real horrors of war so they can go fight in more FALSE WARS!

    I don’t know what else to say because I am so disgusted about this!

    US Army Veteran
    Marc C. Daniele
    Hercy, Mo.

  8. #8 by Frank on August 15, 2012 - 6:45 pm

    Back in the 1930’s the Catholic Church formed the Legion of Decency (9 million members) to combat immoral movies. This was very effective. Catholics used to be united and strong and a powerful force for change. At the end of the 1950’s things begain to change. The pledge gradually faded out of use. By 1975, the Legion of Decency had ceased to exist. Now we have shows glorifying war (with 5,15 morons watching) and the Jews now just give the Gentile the finger, knowing they have been judaized.

  9. #9 by galwayspaniard on August 15, 2012 - 9:28 pm

    I think the comments are great. Of course, everything is controlled by the major media. Being near 62 I recall the legion of decency. I hadn’t watched much TV for over 30 yrs so when I saw TV w others at their houses in 90s through today, I was pretty stunned- homosexuality is normal, any kind of sex is normal, etc, war is fine, and so on.
    Fortunately we have enough bright citizens who see through this disaster created by so called elites especially neocon zionists, bankers, etc.

    Without this body armor, there would have been 15,000 dead service members in Iraq, not 4600. Of course, the Iraqi people don’t have body armor so that tiny piece of shrapnel was able to penetrate the little arteries that feed their hearts.
    What a mess the USA has turned the world into- all according to plan, but is it really turning out according to plan by the world’s “elites” , that is, the NWO?
    Hillary is shedding no grief over all the destroyed bodies and minds-truly Satanic.

  10. #10 by DrMeatwad Phd on August 16, 2012 - 2:53 pm

    Well what would you expect considering the source. Zionnazi scum require other people to fight their battle for them, they are too cowardly to do so. This show is just more zionnazi propaganda to get the dumbed down by zionnazi education policies to enlist.

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