There is a controversy surrounding the filming for the popular TV show Hawaii Five-O. Ordinarily most people in the Tea Party movement do not care about what goes on in the entertainment industry. This controversy is one that does merit our attention.
What is it?
Last week, a special group of Americans made a trip to Hawaii. This was not their first trip to Hawaii. In fact, the first time all of these men were together in Hawaii was on December 7th, 1941.
Last week, these men and some of their families were back in Hawaii again for the 70th anniversary of the Pearl Harbor attack. Today, less than ten percent of those who served during World War II are still alive.
For the men who made this trip, there was also another tacit acknowledgement. This would be their last trip. The average age of a Pearl Harbor is in the early nineties. In fact, there are now so few Pearl Harbor survivors left that the Pearl Harbor Survivors Association is disbanding at the end of the month.
On December 9th, 24 Pacific veterans, including 23 Pearl Harbor survivors were taken to the National Cemetery of the Pacific for a memorial ceremony honoring those who fell during the attack on Pearl Harbor and those who fell during the Pacific campaign.
While the men were at the cemetery, the TV show Hawaii Five-O was filming at the cemetery. As the National Anthem was played and the ceremony went on, the CBS production crew was filming. At first they told the veterans and their families to hush, then repeatedly pushed them back and finally told them to hurry up. As the veterans were laying roses on the graves of their fallen comrades, a production employee walked through the middle of the ceremony telling them to hurry up.
Perhaps the ultimate insult came at the end, when someone with the veterans group asked if one of the cast members of Hawaii Five-O could come over and say hello to the group. The production crew refused.
These World War II vets are a tough bunch. They went through the first depression and then the Second World War. I can guarantee you they did not let this incident ruin their trip, though some of their family members might feel differently.
Unfortunately, the attitude shown by the production crew is far too common in the entertainment industry.
We all owe those men and women who served in the Second World War a debt we cannot repay.
World War II veterans are rapidly leaving us. My father served in Europe under General George Patton. He passed away in 2008. Both of my uncles served in the Navy in World War II. They are both gone as well.
CBS has issued a carefully nuanced statement claiming they would look into the incident and throwing out some boilerplate language about how they respect the veterans of World War II
Those 24 veterans will never go back to the place that changed their lives and changed history again. By the time December 7, 2012 comes around, age will have claimed even more of them. If CBS were really sorry, it would be nice of them to do something other than issue a meaningless statement.
If CBS is really sorry, perhaps they can come up with something more appropriate to show respect for some men who helped save this country. If CBS is going to do something, do it quickly, while these men are still here to appreciate it.
Thanks for that Judson, I had no idea....WILL NOT WATCH 'HAWAII 5-O'......unfortunately this is the 20% that still back o!@#$%^. Sorry we TPs are not putting up with it...good by Hawaii 5-0.........How rude, and they probably didn't even know.......
Comrad Abercrombie did it again.
Hollywood and the Actors exist in a "World of Make Believe" and make Millions of Dollars doing so! They exist and live a life of luxury by being the best at "Make Believe" to get awarded contracts for Movies and TV Series.
Jane Fonda was against America and the American Soldiers serving and risking their lives while she went to Hanoi in North Vietnam and Defamed her Own Country! Why she was not prosecuted for Treason is beyond belief!
CBS should make up for the rudeness of the Production Crew and the Production Crew and the Actors should be Fired!
We the People have the power to make this happen----Just stop watching the show!!
In support of our fellow Veterans "All Military Veterans" of Vietnam, Grenada, Iraq, and Afghanistan should just change the channel and boycott the advertisers!!
Turn about is fair play as they will not exist if we just DON'T WATCH THE SHOW!!!
SHARE THIS MESSAGE WITH YOUR FELLOW VETS!! GET THE WORD OUT---YOU ARE FIRED!!!
I would like to give a thank you for getting this story out to Steffan Tubbs of KOA radio, Denver, CO who was with the group.You can read more about what happened at Michael Brown's page at KOA. http://www.850koa.com/pages/michaelbrown.html
Typical HOLLYWIERDERS. Left wing hacks .
Such disrespectful behavior by any corporation should become public knowledge. I have not heard a thing about this on any media outlet. These are men of honor who have been treated dishonorably. Perhaps all vets should boycott the major sponsors of this show. After all if that fool in California, Lieu, can call for a boycott of Lowe's for pulling their ads from "Muslim" propaganda, why don't we take similar action.
My Grand Father landed at Normandy, He passed away in '96 but had He been down there at the ceremony there would have been some very selected words. Where to go and what they could do when they got there. I watched Him whoop a Man with a tabacco stick for stealing. Trust Me it would be interesting. I'm sure them Fellows was about ready to too.
God Bless'em We Love'em.
The problem with CBS is their pseudo-lifestyle niche is oblivious from that of REALITY. Shame on them for disrespecting—and worst, for forgetting those who fought to preserve those artistic liberties of our standing Republic--of which CBS partakes!
I recently returned from a cruise to Hawaii. While there I took a tour of the several islands. On one our tourguide pointed to a building and said, "Obama was born there.". My travel companion and I just looked at each other. No one clapped or seemed interested.
Nancy: I believe that your tour guide was lying. According to history, Obama was born at two different hospital in Hawaii at the same time and same day. I also have a birth certificate copy of a Mombasa hospital where Obama was supposed to have been born. This one has a doctor's signature on it. Yes I am a birther and do not believe that Obama has the credentials to be our President and all of the Representatives and Senators should be arrrested for their abetting the conspiracy
Edward M- to give birthers temporal satisfaction... do as I do: close your eyes, take a deep breath and say: "everydog has his day"! By the way, not only are his socialist-communist clan at the Hill involved in the abetting (not to mention outside radicals from the 60s like Van Jones, Ayers, Frank marshall Davis, Antoin Resko, Khalid al-Mansour)...but we mustn't forget those union bosses who funded this POUSA's campaign from the sweat of hard-working Americans, and the enlisted government workers and community organization muppets who infiltrated liberal founded government infrastructures... and continue to run them like the Mafia mob once did... that is, in return for self interests, by selling, buying and forging votes all for a sitting President whose past is questionable and whose only surviving relatives, when mentioned in the media, are all illegals---! Sorry, but my inner anger is getting the best of me and I must sit back and do as I said: close my eyes, take a deep breath and belief: EVERY F@#$% DOG HAS HIS DAY! :)
NChabrier: I loved your post, however at 78 my deep breaths are harder to come by anymore. This is not the land I was born in and that was during the depression. I have never seen the sharp divide between people that exist in todays world. Some morning I just hate to wake up and watch the deterioration of my country. There are many Republicans and Democrats as members of the Council on Foreign Relation and they are all in on the scam to make a "One World Government". The first person that I heard state that comment was George H. W. Bush in 1988 (?) acception speech.