Bishop Desmond Tutu and Other Nobel Peace Laureates Condemn New NBC Show, Call on Network to Cancel It Guardian
Nine Nobel Peace Prize laureates have joined forces to condemn a new NBC show, The Guardian reports. The show is the reality competition "Stars Earn Stripes."
The group wrote in an open letter that the show glorifies war and armed violence, the story reports. The laureates, who include Archbishop Desmond Tutu and American anti-landmine campaigner Jody Williams, want NBC to cancel the show.
The series matches celebrities including Olympic skiing gold medalist Picabo Street and "Lois & Clark" actor Dean Cain with U.S. military personnel in simulated military challenges. The show debuted Monday and is hosted by retired Army general Wesley Clark.
The Nobel laureates sent the letter Monday to Clark, NBC Entertainment chief Robert Greenblatt, producer Mark Burnett and others working on the show, the story notes.
The letter criticizes the show for paying "homage to no one anywhere" and condemns it for "trying to somehow sanitize war by likening it to an athletic competition," the story notes.