Peace Prize Winners Slam ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ for Glorifying War

Archbishop Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Desmond Tutu



( – Seven Nobel Peace Prize winners, including Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu of South Africa, are protesting the new NBC reality show “Stars Earn Stripes,” which, they say, glorifies war and armed violence.

In a letter to NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt, the Nobel laureates said, “it is our belief that this program … continues and expands on an inglorious tradition of glorifying war and armed violence…

Preparing for war is neither amusing nor entertaining.”

The letter calls for NBC to stop airing the show.

The series pairs eight celebrities including singer Nick Lachey, actor Dean Cain, Olympic gold medalist Picabo Street and former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s husband, Todd Palin, with former members of the Marines, Green Berets and other armed forces to compete for a cash prize (going to the charity of the winners choosing).

The contestants go through military-style training including firing weapons and jumping out of helicopters. The program is hosted by retired Army Gen. Wesley Clark.

NBC, responding to the charges, said that “Stars Earn Stripes” is “about thanking the young Americans who are in harm’s way every day.” “This show is not a glorification of war, but a glorification of service,” NBC said in a statement.

Besides Tutu, signers of the letter are Jody Williams, Mairead Maguire, Shirin Ebadi, Jose Ramos-Horta, Adolfo Perez Esquivel, Oscar Arias Sanchez, Rigoberta Menchu Tum and Betty Williams.

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