There’s a lot of whispering going on about what is and is not appropriate in the military. The reasoning behind that is the recent Navy scandal involving Capt. Owen Honors (an ironic name for the situation) and a video containing gay slurs.
With the recent repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, which prohibited gays from serving openly in the military, commanding officers need to lead by example in an accepting manner. What used to be a boys’ club is now an equal opportunity community.
On my way up to my mom’s today, I was listening to a show on NPR which was covering this story. What I found interesting was the differing views ex-Navy callers had. The one that stood out to me the most was the man who had served on the USS Enterprise (does that name make anyone else giggle in nerdy glee?) under Capt. Honors. Mostly he talked about how some of the videos went over the top and that this was the worst of all of them. But then he went on to say how they had all appreciated the videos, “well, 98% of us anyway.”
Why should that make it ok? Considering you can’t please all the people all the time, in a situation such as this, isn’t it better to not say anything than to please the 98%? Are you surprised by the swift action the Navy is taking by removing Capt. Honors from his ship? What’s your problem, Kazanski?