NBC's 'Stars Earn Stripes' promos are making me mental

  • Cast members Nick Lachey (L), Dean Cain (C) and Terry Crews attend a panel for "Stars Earn Stripes" during the NBC television network portion of the Television Critics Association Summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California July 24, 2012.
Cast members Nick Lachey (L), Dean Cain (C) and Terry Crews attend… (Mario Anzuoni )
August 07, 2012|By Sarah Kickler Kelber | The Baltimore Sun

Most of the time, I don’t see a lot of commercials -- usually I’m watching after the fact on my DVR and skipping over them or watching instant streaming. But since I’ve been a little bit obsessed with the Olympics, I’ve seen far more ads than usual. And one of them is making me a little crazy.

The ad for "Stars Earn Stripes" claims that celebrities will face "the same challenges as our Armed Forces." Oh, really? Insurgents going to be shooting or lobbing bombs at them? Improvised explosive devices possibly planted around every corner? Trying to manage family issues from thousands of miles away? Somehow, I don’t think so.

I get that they are trying to show the kind of intense training that the military goes through so people will have their eyes opened to that. But it undercuts the real, uncontrolled threats that service members face to claim that these "stars" will be facing "the same challenges." My blood boils a little every time I see it.

Am I over-sensitive? Maybe. Today is one year since my husband left for his deployment to Afghanistan, and yesterday is five months since he got back to the U.S. (More about that later.)

But I can’t be the only one who thinks this whole thing is inappropriate and overstated.

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