Captain Owen P. Honors Jr., commander of the Norfolk-based USS Enterprise, is under investigation for a series of videos, which he produced and starred in, then broadcast to the ship's 6,000 sailors and Marines from 2006 to 2007. The videos featured a series of goofy skits intended to provide some humor during the long deployment at sea.
So what's the problem, you ask? Wellllll, the problem is that the videos are kind of what you'd describe as being on the raunchy side ... with a side serving of homophobia.
In a statement, Admiral John C. Harvey Jr. said Honors' actions "call into question his character and completely undermines his credibility to serve effectively in command."
Someone else is also pissed about the videos: Glenn Close.
An image from the video shows Close sitting in a chair, dressed in black and wearing what appears to be a USS Enterprise hat. Her appearance makes no sense, until you realize she was persuaded to make a short appearance on camera during her visit.
Here's the video in question (warning, in case you couldn't tell from the second sentence of this article, the contents are potentially offensive!), with Close appearing at the 10:26 mark.
Close has released a statement through her publicist, saying,
I am distraught that my image has been used to perpetuate something that I abhor. The cynical, unauthorized use of my image in this video is deeply offensive and insulting, and was the result of a seemingly innocent request of me during a visit to the aircraft carrier over four years ago.
Capt. Owen Honors was the executive officer (or second in command) of the USS Enterprise when the videos were made and had since taken command of the ship. A top Navy commander said Tuesday that Honors will be permanently relieved of his command of the ship.
I watched this video and my main thought was how immature it was, especially coming from someone in such a critical leadership position. But I can also totally see the point of view expressed by Misty Davis, who served on the Enterprise during the time of the weekly videos,
He was a caring professional and, yes, he has a sense of humor, but you need that on a boat. It's no worse than anything you'd see on Saturday Night Live or The Family Guy.
What do you think about this whole thing? Does Capt. Honors really deserve to lose command of his ship?
Image via YouTube