Already 36,000 of us have signed. I'm writing to encourage you to add your name and to forward this email to friends. Retired General Wesley Clark should be ashamed of himself for his role in promoting this "reality" show. He knows that war is not a game played by contestants. How ironic that PFC Bradley Manning has been in jail for more than two years for letting the public see the real truth of war, while NBC makes a profit out of making war into entertainment. -- Veterans For Peace President Leah Bolger
NBC's "reality show" war competition "Stars Earn Stripes" debuted Monday as activists protested at NBC headquarters and delivered the petition.
Can you please sign it and forward this to all your friends?
And scroll down on the webpage for an amazing new video by Lee Camp called "Why Can't War Be Fun for the Whole Family?"
Nine Nobel Peace Prize laureates have called for the show's cancelation, writing:
"Real war is down in the dirt deadly. People -- military and civilians -- die in ways that are anything but entertaining."
Our wars kill huge numbers of people, primarily civilians, and often children and the elderly. NBC is not showing this reality on its war-o-tainment show any more than on its news programs. Other nations' media show the face of war, giving people a very different view of war-making.
In the United States, our tax dollars are spent by the billions each year marketing the idea that war is a sport and associating the military with sporting events. Media companies like NBC are complicit in the propaganda.
While 57% of federal discretionary spending goes to the military, weapons makers can't seem to get enough of our tax dollars. In the spirit of transferring veterans' care to the realm of private charity, "Stars Earn Stripes" will give prize money each week to "military-based charities" in order to "send a message."
We have our own message that we will be delivering to NBC: Don't lie to us.
One of NBC’s corporate parents, General Electric, takes war very seriously, but not as human tragedy -- rather, as financial profit. (GE is a big weapons manufacturer.) A retired general hosting a war-o-tainment show is another step in the normalization of permanent war.
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--The RootsAction team
P.S. RootsAction is an independent online force endorsed by Jim Hightower, Barbara Ehrenreich, Cornel West, Daniel Ellsberg, Glenn Greenwald, Naomi Klein, Bill Fletcher Jr., Laura Flanders, former U.S. Senator James Abourezk, Coleen Rowley, and many others.
Nine Nobel Peace Laureates Call on NBC to Cancel "Stars Earn Stripes"
NBC's "Stars Earn Stripes" -- produced by the TV “genius” behind Donald Trump’s “Apprentice” and “Sarah Palin’s Alaska.” (Husband Todd Palin is a “Stars Earn Stripes” co-star.)
Democracy Now! Confronts Wesley Clark Over His Bombing Of Civilians -- During the 1999 bombing of Yugoslavia commanded by Gen. Wesley Clark, civilians and a TV station were bombed, while cluster bombs and depleted uranium were used. (Had Clark done these things for another nation, NBC would probably favor his prosecution and certainly not employ him.)
New York Times: Behind TV Analysts, Pentagon’s Hidden Hand
Glenn Greenwald: The Pulizer-Winning Investigation That Dare Not Be Uttered on TV -- NBC news programs have repeatedly used retired generals, pretending independence but getting their pro-war talking points from the Pentagon.
Resources to Help NBC Show the Reality of War: http://StarsEarnStripes.org