Nine Nobel Peace Laureates, including South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, are calling on NBC to scrub new reality series “Stars Earn Stripes,” saying “war isn’t entertainment.”
Washington Post: “This program pays homage to no one anywhere and continues and expands on an inglorious tradition of glorifying war and armed violence,” the Laureates wrote to NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, producer Mark Burnett, and to General Wesley Clark, the former presidential candidate who’s hosting the competition series.
The show is “a massive disservice to those who live and die in armed conflict and suffer its consequences long after the guns of war fall silent,” the Nobel laureates, said in a letter, which was sent to reporters Monday by the Nobel Women’s Initiative, a group created in 2006 by six female Nobel Peace Prize winners.
“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,” the nine continued.
“Stars Earn Stripes,” which debuts Monday, and which NBC plugged relentlessly during its coverage of the London Summer Games, “pairs minor celebrities with US military personnel and puts them through simulated military training, including some live fire drills and helicopter drops,” the nine described.