Bullying in the Navy?
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The last couple of days witnessed a lot of controversy involving a Navy Captain Owen Honors and some videos he produced; which the least to say are of a very bad taste.
While there are some that support Captain Honors including a former Petty Officer Eric Prenger. Prenger is an open gay former Enterprise sailor; not only is he defending Honors but he is also leading an effort to rally others former gay enterprise sailors to support Honors; so the decision of his suspension could be reversed.
Now the story is Captain Honors starred and produced videos that were broad-casted on the USS enterprise between the years of 2006 and 2007, while he was the second-ranking officer. That still is not the problem the real issue is what these videos were sexist and homophobic that contained anti-gay slurs and swearing, as well as images of naked women taking a shower.
I am not sure what was going on through his mind and I also can’t believe that it took almost 5 years for these videos to surface. As if these videos were the norm in a sailor’s everyday life.
Did anyone in a leadership role on the vessel, think that bigotry is against everything and anything this country stands for? In the contrary I guess they agreed with whatever Honors had on the videos and found them funny. Not only that but some in Honors' defense claim that the videos he produced were for entertainment to alleviate the tension the sailors can get under and others claim that this was his way to fight the discrimination against gays in a humorous way where sailors can find an AHA moment. Really?
This might be another case of bullying, where the aggression is from a high ranking officer, where co-workers or subordinates might fear that calling out these prejudice behavior and offensive actions can backfire on them or themselves can become the subjects of prejudice. We all remember “Few Good Men” though I realize it was just a movie but it depicted some mentalities in the military and how they might think.
Gay military staff risk their lives every single hour to protect us and fight for our country. We can’t pick and choose if we accept that they can die for us then we should take them as they are and actually be proud of them.Continued on the next page