Sunday, July 31, 2005

Soldiers Say 'Over There' is 'Bogus'

Personally I can not say much about FX Network’s new drama series Over There, the latest from NYPD Blue/Blind Justice creator Steven Bochco, about the lives of US soldiers stationed in Iraq since I have not seen the show, nor do I have any desire to in the near future. What I can say, however, is that I find it completely despicable how the Hollywood left can bitch out Halliburton and other corporations to their heart’s content for making money off of violence and bloodshed in an ‘unjust’ and ‘unnecessary’ war while at the same time profiting from the lives of soldiers still stationed in an ongoing conflict through the production and distribution of television series and major motion pictures with not so much as an afterthought of this being a clear act of conflict of interest. If years from now when the conflict in Iraq has ended and democracy has been allowed to fully take root within the battered country I could understand Hollywood wanting to make a film or even a television series about this moment in American military history but not now. According to the Seattle Post - Intelligencer, veterans of the current war in Iraq who were given the privilege of previewing the program have objected to its depiction of US military men and women overseas and declare the show ‘bogus’. You can head on over to Free Republic and join in the discussion about the show if you saw this past week on FX.