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January 4, 2011 - Marguerite Lanthier
Apparently it doesn’t pay to try to be funny when you’re in the military. Capt. Owen Honors, the commander of the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier, was relieved of command for producing and showing a series of raunchy videos from 2006-7 that Honors also starred in when he was the executive commander (second in command of the ship). They were intended to improve morale. The videos were deemed offensive by some, but many of the sailors on the ship found them funny. Military “higher ups” knew about the videos three years ago, and ordered Honors to stop producing them. That should have been the end of it. But now the videos have surfaced in the public, so of course something else must be done. Maybe “higher ups” are unaware that many people, especially young men, think raunchy, stupid offending things are funny. Do they think the movie Jackass 3-D was Number 1 because of its high brow humor? Is “Family Guy” enjoyed for its occasional spot on spoof or the more frequent corny lewd stuff? The “higher-ups” probably watched Honors’ videos and laughed. Who among us has not said something offending while trying to be funny? And who has not laughed, even if it was a painful laugh. Humor can be the best way to alleviate stress, but I guess in the military they don’t want you to think anything’s funny.
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