Have you seen this yet? The Executive Officer (XO, or second-in-command) of the USS Enterprise is under investigation for showing some disturbing video over the ships closed-circuit TV on movie night. The content is, at best, in very poor taste and stars the XO as his sexually bigoted , insensitive self. The story is here, the must see to appreciate video is posted below.
Captain Owen Honors has a very respectable resume as a flight and combat pilot, but his Top Gun ego and childish behavior depicted in the video borders on the maniacal and should dismiss him from any pool the Navy uses to select those who are to command a nuclear (or any other) vessel in the name of the United States.
Apparently, that is not how the Navy works. Honors was recently promoted to Commander of the Enterprise. That is more disturbing than any content shown in the video. The videos were shown to the sailors on the ship in 2006-2007. Now there is an investigation (though I understand he was reprimanded for his actions long ago). What took you guys so long? Why does the story have to reach the mainstream before there is an investigation?
I agree that times have changed since 2007, especially with the recent repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, but I doubt Commander Honors’ attitude has changed much since then. My guess is he is just as immature as he is in the video and if I were a gay or lesbian serving on his ship, I would be afraid, very afraid. Maybe some sensitivity training is in order.
My guess is we will be hearing more about this story in the next few days. I would like to hear Commander Honors (an ironic name by any standards) explain himself. I would like to hear him apologize to his shipmates. I would also like to hear what the Commander-in-Chief has to say about this story. My guess is that he is fuming.