It's been a difficult life so far for NBC's Stars Earn Stripes. First there was the controversy with Jack Osbourne, where the son of Ozzy was allegedly discriminated against because of his multiple sclerosis. And now, nine Nobel Peace Prize winners have complained about the show, saying that it glorifies war and violence, according to Entertainment Weekly.
Led by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Nobel winners sent a letter to NBC boss Robert Greenblatt and other people involved with the show, saying that "preparing for war is neither amusing nor entertaining," and calls for NBC to cancel the show.
NBC responded by saying that the show isn't “a glorification of war, but a glorification of service.”
The show debuted Monday night, to lackluster reviews. In it, celebrities are paired with U.S. military personnel for simulated military challenges.
The cast includes:
- Actor Dean Cain
- Biggest Loser trainer Dolvett Quince
- WWE Diva Eve Torres
- TV host Laila Ali
- Singer Nick Lachey
- Olympic skier Picabo Street
- Actor Terry Crews
- Famous husband Todd Palin
As an ex-U.S. Soldier, the show doesn't bother me. It brings a level of understanding to what military members do to the public. But, NBC isn't likely to hold onto this show for too long, if ratings aren't stellar. This show has been a lightning rod for criticism and frankly, it doesn't seem like it is worth the hassle.