UPDATE: Gay groups praise Navy’s condemnation of videos (The Washington Post)
“The Navy moved quickly on Monday to pledge to investigate videos in which a senior officer uses anti-gay slurs and mimicks masturbation, while a prominent gay rights group praised the military’s condemnation of the videos.”
Navy Suspends U.S.S. ‘Enterprise’ Captain for Raunchy, Homophobic Videos (New York Magazine)
Navy Captain to Lose Command Over Videos (The New York Times)
“Over the years I’ve gotten several complaints about inappropriate materials in these videos, never to me personally but, gutlessly, through other channels.”
This hardly seems an apology: “This evening, all of you bleeding hearts… why don’t just go ahead and hug yourself for the next 20 minutes or so, because there’s a really good chance you’re gonna be offended.”
Raunchy videos starring Enterprise skipper come to light (The Virginian Pilot)
“The Navy released a written statement late Friday in response to The Pilot’s inquiries.
‘The videos created onboard USS Enterprise in 2006-2007 were not created with the intent to offend anyone,’ the statement said. ‘The videos were intended to be humorous skits focusing the crew’s attention on specific issues such as port visits, traffic safety, water conservation, ship cleanliness, etc.'”
The ship is set to sail soon with Honors in command. Scary:
“The Enterprise, the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, is set to deploy overseas this month. The videos raise serious questions about Honors’ judgment, especially while the carrier is under way, said another sailor, an officer aboard the Enterprise who was also there when the videos were being shown.
‘When the ship pulls away from that pier, he’s it,’ the officer said. ‘To me, that’s scary.'” (The Virginian Pilot)
Videos on Navy Ship ‘Clearly Inappropriate,’ but Scandalized Captain Has Supporters (FOX News)
Navy Aircraft Carrier Commander Produced Raunchy Homophobic Videos For “Movie Night” (Mediaite)
Owen Honors – USS Enterprise Captain Still in Command Despite Controversy (LA Late)
Sailors Defend Captain as Debate Over Lewd Videos Spreads to Facebook (ABC News)
Navy Probing Skipper’s Role in Raunchy Videos (Newser)
Experts: Capt. Owen Honors’ Navy Career Is Over (AOL News)
Navy Captain Owen Honors Investigated for Gay Bashing [Video] (IndyPosted)
Will The Navy’s Capt. Owen Honors Be Ousted For His Homophobic Anal Probe Videos? (Queerty)
“And with the inevitable full repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, gay and lesbian soldiers will finally be able to legally identify as such on the job, and these videos send the message they are better off remaining the closet. Which might make sense anyhow: While soldiers will no longer be able to be discharged for being gay, there is still no anti-discrimination policy in the military. Capt. Honors just made clear he has no respect for gay and lesbian servicemembers, and cannot effectively lead them in wartime on par with heterosexual sailors.”
“The Navy says in a statement ‘production of videos, like the ones produced four to five years ago on USS Enterprise and now being written about in the Virginian-Pilot, were not acceptable then and are still not acceptable in today’s Navy. The Navy does not endorse or condone these kinds of actions.‘”
As we move forward without DADT, will the military continue to allow discrimination?