No longer does one need to risk going to war and being shot at to receive the Purple Heart medal. According to New Line Cinema's movie Web site, "Carrying a Purple Heart in your jacket guarantees you attention, admiration and plenty of free booze." It would be so unfair and anti-inclusive to continue to have our nation divided by The Haves and The Have Nots. Thank you Hollywood for, once again, leading the way. According to Guardian Unlimited, 25 July 2005:
A website promoting the Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn comedy Wedding Crashers has been criticised by America's military establishment for carrying an image of a fake Purple Heart which visitors can "cut out" and wear.
In the film, currently riding high at the US and UK box office, Wilson and Vaughn pose as military veterans to win the affections of bridesmaids after gatecrashing a wedding.
The website, weddingcrashersmovie.com, accompanied the fake Purple Heart image with the line: "Carrying a Purple Heart in your jacket guarantees you attention, admiration and plenty of free booze."
There is federal law prohibiting the wearing, manufacturing, buying, selling or trading of a Medal of Honor, therefore New Line Cinema, the producer of the movie, "Wedding Crashers", had to be content with awarding a less prestiguous fake military medal - the Purple Heart. As, the X-rated film has not only been endorsed by the conservative Senator John McCain, who also acts in the production, there is rumor abroad in the land that McCain himself came up with the idea of "Purple Hearts for All", as a way of assuaging the guilt of his liberal friends in Hollywood and the MSM media and have them feel more comfortable in his "highly decorated" presence.
'Here's an example of Hollywood imitating life. Hopefully it brings to the American conscience that this is what is happening,' said Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran who runs a Web site dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients.
UPDATE: It appears that the website, weddingcrashersmovie.com, has removed the print and cut fake Purple Heart, yet there is still the big red moving arrow that points to the medal in the Crasher Kit, which reads "Check Out the Crasher Essentials". Anyway, the site probably garnered all the free publicity they were counting on. Maybe I should have ignored this story.
McCain's Raunch Fest: It turns out McCain has a cameo role playing himself attending the big wedding in the raunchiest R-rated movie of the weekend, "Wedding Crashers." ...
John McCain Goes Hollywood: Opening this weekend, WEDDING CRASHERS, a movie packed with raunchy moments and bare-breasted beauties bedding down with the guys. And Senator John McCain! ...
(Yes, it's satire, but all the quotes are real. Who could have made them up? )
Linked at Mudville Gazette's 'Open Post' and 'Beltway Traffic Jam' at Outside the Beltway.