Summer is usually known for its dearth of impressive television programming, and this year is no exception: NBC is currently in the middle of airing Stars Earn Stripes, a reality TV show where "Eight celebs compete and take on challenges of real American heroes."
Stars Earn Stripes isn't just the latest in reality TV glut; it's the latest endeavor in a long history of Hollywood and the United State's government's use of film and television, argued performer, veteran and former WBEZ employee Matt Ulrich at The Paper Machete. "The thing is, it's you're American right to give a show to the general public that showcase an altered reality of military service," said Ulrich. "It's your constitutional right, a right that is defended and protected by real military servicemen and women. It's a burden that they earn." Read an excerpt below or listen above:
Earn is a word with many definitions.