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War Is Fun! Especially When You Can Make Money Off It!
by Abby Zimet
Moving ever further to render war in this culture akin to sport and game and entertainment, NBC has come up with an amoral whopper of a "reality" show: Stars Earn Stripes, wherein a "star-studded cast" - with the likes of Todd Palin - will act out military missions, "from helicopter drops into water to long-range weapons fire," paired with real live soldiers. A campaign to protest war as bloodless sport by Just Foreign Policy and RootsAction.org here.
Hosted by General Wesley Clark (retired) and Samantha Harris, "Stars Earn Stripes" is an action-packed competition show that pays homage to the men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces and our first-responder services. The star-studded cast includes four-time undefeated world boxing champion Laila Ali, actor Dean Cain ("Out of Time," Five Days of War"), actor and former National Football League player Terry Crews ("The Expendables 2," "The Newsroom"), multi-platinum recording artist, actor, producer and television personality Nick Lachey (NBC's "The Sing-Off"), Alaska businessman and four-time Iron Dog snowmobile race champion Todd Palin, NBC's "The Biggest Loser" trainer Dolvett Quince, Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street, and WWE diva, Eve Torres.
In this fast-paced competition, the eight celebrities will gather at a remote training facility where they will be challenged to execute complicated missions inspired by real military exercises. From helicopter drops…
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