Target: Robert Greenblatt, Chairman of NBC Entertainment
Goal: Cancel the NBC reality show Stars Earn Stripes
Recently, NBC has begun airing a new reality show called Stars Earn Stripes. The premise of the show is: minor celebrities are sent through military-style training and are faced with situations that supposedly mirror situations in war. The show is hosted by retired general Wesley Clark and is promoted by the United States military.
Stars Earn Stripes portrays the activities of the military as similar to games. The show was even advertised during the Summer Olympics broadcast to emphasize this idea. The contestants are competing against each other in these exercises in order to win money for charity—even though the winning amount is much less than what other reality shows offer. War and military drills are not games, and this show is not what NBC claims: an “homage to the men and women who serve in the U.S. armed forces.”
A group of Nobel Peace Laureates have publicly spoken against Stars Earn Stripes and its misleading portrayal of war. According to the Laureates, “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 Laureates have made great strides in bringing peace to the world, and their opinions on war and the glorification of war should not be ignored. Stars Earn Stripes is cheap reality television that sends a dangerously wrong message to its viewers.
Dear Mr. Greenblatt,
The new reality show on NBC, Stars Earn Stripes, is intended as an homage to those serving in the U.S. armed forces. However, the show actually portrays a sanitized version of war that gives the sense that it is similar to a game. Celebrities compete in military-style exercises for a prize of money for charity. This is far from the harsh realities of war, and cannot be considered a proper homage to the courage of those actually in the armed forces.
I ask you to cancel Stars Earn Stripes. Its inaccurate portrayal of the dangers of war sends the wrong message to its viewers. Many Nobel Peace Laureates have publicly spoken against this show because of its portrayal of war. It diminishes the bravery of those in the armed forces by showing what they have faced as something akin to a game. Canceling this show will be a better honor to them than continuing it.
[Your Name Here]