Monday, January 3, 2011
Will Owen Honors Ever Earn a Gramme?
When The Village People sang "In the Navy," many supporters of our armed forces thought it was inappropriate. After all, certain things should not be said about the defenders of our freedom. These men and women who serve our country deserve our respect and admiration. True. But, leave it up to the Navy to embarrass themselves. Owen Honors, Captain of the Norfolk-based USS Enterprise, allegedly produced a series of "raunchy" videos made aboard the Navy carrier in 200 and 2007. Report At the time of the filming, Owen Honors was the Enterprise's executive officer. Apparently, over 6,000 sailors and U.S. Marines viewed the films on board the ship during "XO Movie Night."
What is so wrong with a little humor? In one scene, two female sailors stand in a shower stall pretending to wash each other. They joke about how they should get six minutes under the water instead of three. In other skits, sailors dress in drag and use anti-gay slurs. In other instances, men simulate masturbation and a rectal exam. Another scene implies that an officer is having sex with a donkey.
Bad judgment, but what's the harm? Apparently the videos were made with government equipment. Some were allegedly produced at times when the ship was actively deployed. The video was also repeatedly broadcast on a weekly basis aboard the ship. Honor's intent was likely to entertain our armed forces. But several female sailors aboard the carrier found the material to be offensive.
Why the delay in complaints? Honors himself acknowledges that there were some anonymous complaints. Honors did not apparently think anything was wrong with a little humor. The Navy on the other hand proclaimed that the videos "... are clearly inappropriate. Production of videos, like the ones produced four to five years ago on USS Enterprise and now being written about in The Virginian-Pilot, were not acceptable then and are not acceptable in today's Navy. The Navy does not endorse or condone these kinds of actions."
What does the future hold? It is uncertain what if any punishment will be given to Owen Honors. Who knows, the film may even win an Emmie or a Gramme. Furthermore, if he is forced to leave the Navy, he has a likely career with Saturday Night Live, Mad, or MTV, where honor, dignity and good judgment are not prerequisites for employment.
Keep in mind Owen Honors is to be presumed innocent of any wrong doing unless otherwise proven in a Military Court or other court of law.
Song: IN THE NAVY VIDEO LINK.
Compare To: XO MOVIE NIGHT VIDEO LINK.
Update 1-3-11: "Which Navy are we talking about?" Pete Clarke, a family friend of Honors, said on NBC's "Today" show. "I think the political correctness at the Pentagon needs to be checked on this.""It's a shame that videos from four years ago are going to affect a heroic person."
Update 1-5-11: US Navy Captain Owen Honors was relieved of his command on Tuesday. Actress Glenn Close, who appears in one of the video's, confirms it's her in the clip but says "I am distraught that my image has been used to perpetuate something that I abhor. The cynical, unauthorized use of my image in this video is deeply offensive and insulting, and was the result of a seemingly innocent request of me during a visit to the aircraft carrier over four years ago."
...SO SAYS THE FEMALE ACTRESS WHO COOKS A RABBIT IN FATAL ATTRACTION! Give us a break...