Has reality TV gone too far?

I read an open letter recently from several Nobel laureates, decrying the newest reality TV show to hit the airwaves – “Stars Earn Stripes.”  The commercials for this new show were hard to miss during the Olympic games, a time when countries come together to celebrate their athletes and form a true global community.

As the letter said, why take this time and this show to glorify war?  To quote: 

“It is our belief that this program pays homage to no one anywhere and continues and expands on an inglorious tradition of glorifying war and armed violence. Military training is not to be compared, subtly or otherwise, with athletic competition by showing commercials throughout the Olympics. Preparing for war is neither amusing nor entertaining.”

Thank you, Nobel laureates, for taking this stand.

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