Stars Earn Stripes is a reality television program which premiered on NBC on August 13, 2012.
Produced by Mark Burnett (who also produced Survivor and who is by now intimately connected with most bigwigs in the TV industry, including Jeffrey Katzenberg, Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil, Christina Aguilera, Martha Stewart, Sarah Palin, Jeff Foxworthy and Donald Trump among others), the series follows a group of celebrities, accompanied by current and former members of the United States Armed Forces and law enforcement, competing in various challenges for charity based off actual training exercises used by the U.S. military. The series is hosted by retired NATO Supreme Allied Commander and former Presidential candidate Wesley Clark and former Dancing with the Stars co-host Samantha Harris. Of working class origins, It should be noted that Briton Mark Burnett’s career in the US has been the American dream come true, so the man is obviously unapologetically in favor of the corporate status quo. His Darwinian and militaristic bent is also manifest in his background: during the Falklands war he served as a section commander in a British parachute regiment.
The co-parent of this excrescence, besides the usual contingent of invisible NBC suits, is Dick Wolf. Richard Anthony “Dick” Wolf (born December 20, 1946) is an American producer, specializing in crime dramas such as Miami Vice and the Law & Order franchise. Throughout his career he has won several awards including an Emmy Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. We frankly expected more from Wolf than a low-down association to span an immoral recruitment poster. What a way to cap a rather distinguished career.—PG
By Joan Wile
How the peace movement got together and forced NBC to cancel abominable new “reality” show, “Stars Earn Stripes” depicting war as fun and games
Did any of you have the fortitude to sit through NBC’s new, erroneously labeled a reality show, “Stars Earn Stripes”? If you did, you would have seen the most chaotic, violent, sleazy, reprehensible program this viewer (who could only stomach half a show) has yet encountered on television. And, that speaks volumes inasmuch as so much of TV is chaotic, violent, sleazy and reprehensible. Continue reading »
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