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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Stars Earn Stripes attempts to pay homage to people who serve in the U.S. military and law enforcement and constantly draws attention to the dangerous jobs they do, but the result trivializes their work more than honors it. It also reflects some of the military's patriarchal culture, including sexist comments like "treat the gun gently, like a woman."
Positive Role Models
The U.S. operatives are presented as patriots -- brave and honorable. They're all male and Caucasian; the celebrity contingent is more diverse.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of firepower, including machine guns, grenade launchers, explosions, etc., but all in a controlled environment. Many of these weapons are described in detail. Bullets are real and are shown being shot in slow motion. Celebs are sometimes shown panicking or screaming for help. Questions are briefly asked about operatives' experience at war but aren't really answered.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Jokes are made about having "crushes" on some of the U.S. operatives.
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Words like "damn" and "ass" are audible. Some sexist comments.
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Products & Purchases
Logos for LifeLock, Ford, UnderArmor, and other items are obviously visible.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that celebs and U.S. servicemen pair up in Stars Earn Stripes to compete in military-style maneuvers to earn money for charity while attempting to pay tribute to the military and other first-responder agencies. There's lots of fire power (machine guns, grenade launchers, explosions), some salty language ("damn," "ass"), and occasionally audible sexist comments. Logos for Ford, LifeLock, UnderArmor, and other companies are prominently featured.
Is It Any Good?
The action-packed series raises awareness for various charities while paying homage to the men and women who serve the United States in the armed forces and other first-responder units. Throughout the competition, details are offered about the servicemen on the show, the different kinds of weapons the units are using to complete their missions, and the intense training and real challenges they face when engaged in real-life military operations and crisis situations.
Some folks will find the pseudo-military maneuvers and large-scale fire power featured in Stars Earn Stripes inspiring. But thanks to some cheesy special effects, obviously placed sponsorship logos, and the endless repetition of words like "patriotic" and "hero," the show also manages to trivialize what really happens when people go to war or respond during times of crisis by recreating these experiences into Hollywood-style competitions. There are some mild positive messages here, but, overall, Stars Earn Stripes makes entertainment out of violence.
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