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Nobel Laureates Call for End to TV's "Stars Earn Stripes" [View all]

Source: Reuters

Nobel laureates call for end to TV's "Stars Earn Stripes"

Mon Aug 13, 2012 5:32pm EDT

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Nine Nobel Peace laureates, including retired South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, on Monday called on television network NBC to cancel its "Stars Earn Stripes" reality show, labeling it a bid to "sanitize war by likening it to an athletic competition."

The competition show, due to air for the first time on Monday evening, puts eight celebrities such as singer Nick Lachey and politician Sarah Palin's husband Todd, through military-style training, including helicopter drops and long-range weapons firing.

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But in an open letter to NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt, the Nobel prize winners said that "preparing for war is neither amusing nor entertaining.

"It is our belief that this program pays homage to no one anywhere and continues and expands on an inglorious tradition of glorifying war and armed violence.

"Real war is down in the dirt deadly. People military and civilians die in ways that are anything but entertaining," the letter added.

Read more: http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSBRE87C11020120813?irpc=932



http://www.commondreams.org/headline/2012/08/13-3"Trying to somehow sanitize 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."

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"The group also pointed out that sanitizing war for a primetime cable show is a profitable business for at least one of NBC's parent companies, General Electric. "GE is a big weapons manufacturer," the group said, and having 'a retired general hosting a war-o-tainment show is another step in the normalization of permanent war.'l

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