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Watch: Navy Aircraft Carrier Commander Produced Raunchy, Anti-Gay Videos as Shipboard Info-tainment


Captain Owen P. Honors Jr., the commander of the Norfolk-based USS Enterprise, produced and starred in a series of raunchy, sexist, anti-gay videos shot and edited with government equipment and broadcast to the ship's 6,000 sailors and Marines while the ship was deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq in 2006 and 2007, the Virginian-Pilot reports.

Honors At the time, Honors was the ship's executive officer, or XO.

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Some of the content in the videos included:

...a series of clips displaying Honors and other sailors, including officers, pretending to masturbate. It's set to a song called "Spank."

After that, the video returns to Honors. "Finally, let's get to my favorite topic -- something foreign to the gay kid over there: chicks in the shower," he says.

He gestures to the person next to him -- who, through a trick of video, is Honors wearing the blue coveralls of a Navy surface warfare officer, or SWO. SWOs include the officers who crew the ship; they don't include fighter pilots and other aviators. Repeatedly in the videos, Honors, a former Top Gun pilot, draws distinctions between aviators and SWOs and refers to SWOs as "fags."

The video then shows two female sailors pretending to shower together and two male sailors pretending to shower together. While the shots imply nudity, they don't show any; the men are filmed from the waist up and the women from their shoulders.

The Virginian-Pilot adds:

"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 Navy released an initial statement in response to the videos: 

"The videos created onboard USS Enterprise in 2006-2007 were not created with the intent to offend anyone. 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."

But now says it is investigating:

The navy says the videos are "clearly inappropriate" and it is investigating the circumstances surrounding the production of the videos.

Honors and his then-commanding officer Larry Rice have not responded to requests for comment.

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  1. How is this any more acceptable than substituting the words faggot and queer with the "n" word and denigrate people of color. This is wholly unprofessional. The men who participated in this should be at the very least reprimanded and probably discharged with dishonorable conduct. This looks like something a frathouse would do.

    Posted by: Brad | Jan 1, 2011 8:00:41 PM

  2. Our 1st controversy of 2011?

    Posted by: secure214 | Jan 1, 2011 8:05:24 PM

  3. Ummm you obviously didn't watch the whole thing because it gets worse. What about the two guys in bed with each other with the condoms and lube on the table. Or how about ramming that stick up that guy's butt? I can't believe he made that video with government equipment and on government time. It's great to see where our taxes dollars are going.

    Posted by: Eric | Jan 1, 2011 8:11:07 PM

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    Posted by: HeathR | Jan 1, 2011 8:20:22 PM

  5. You're right, this does seem like something a frat house would do.

    And that is why I think the best solution is for them to say that it was using "fag" casually and as a way to bring humor situation but that they realize now how that is a totally inappropriate way to try to do that - not to mention poor comedy writing! Come on Navy, you can be more creative than eliciting laughs by calling someone a fag.

    This could be the opportunity for a very large-scale example to be set for why words/phrases like "fag" and "no homo" may be used without intent to discriminate but are still hurtful.

    Posted by: Philip Smith | Jan 1, 2011 8:23:07 PM

  6. Is that Glenn Close towards the end?

    Posted by: rob | Jan 1, 2011 8:26:21 PM

  7. I thought it was clever and hilariously funny. The crews of these ships are out to sea for years at a time and they only have themselves to entertain each other. How is this any different that the Funny or Die clips? Nothing here is terribly offensive. It's lighthearted, campy. Personally, there should have been more shower footage. Maybe I'll sign up and request the USS Enterprise, at least I know the downtime will be fun.

    Posted by: Rolph | Jan 1, 2011 8:41:15 PM

  8. Sure, they used a few words they shouldn't have, but the video was also homoerotic, so I think the "anti-gay" label is a bit of a stretch.

    Hell, people would probably pay money to see this video if they knew it had sailors showering together.

    Posted by: Jason (the commenter) | Jan 1, 2011 8:53:00 PM

  9. I'd have to say that I expected more in the way of decorum from the XO (now commander) of a multi-billion dollar vessel representing the United States of America. I definitely think it was a misuse of government equipment.

    Posted by: Justin Werner | Jan 1, 2011 9:16:34 PM

  10. It would be one thing if videos like this were being made by the newly enlisted, early 20 somethings, but these are grown men making crude, vulger, sexist, and (as far as I can see) homophobic material masked as an educational presentation. Ive been deployed twice to the AOR for long periods under stressful situations and have never experienced myslef or others with some biological NEED to record (with governement equipment and supplies) doing immature, bigoted or plainly stupid behavior. If they truely believed in the harmless and "ahhh shucks" quality of what they were doing, why censor themsleves so much??? Its not asking alot for members f the military to carry themselves with professionalism while in uniform.

    Posted by: Toto | Jan 1, 2011 9:18:51 PM

  11. Ummmm....I hardly think this video is anti-gay. It is actually a green light to get you're freak on Navy boys!!! This XO guy is obviously totally gay and he doesn't hide it very well either (kinda hot in a man-child way). At least now he can serve openly. The worst thing about this video is the Music- Jefferson Starship and Styx? XO was dropped on his head from a high elevation n High School and has never recovered. SHOWER TIME!!!

    Posted by: Mr. West | Jan 1, 2011 9:32:08 PM

  12. As a naval officer and a SWO (Surface warfare officer), this video is a pretty good reflection of what goes on, on a ship. Pretty hilarious, but shouldn't have left. I'm interested to see how the PAOs are gonna handle this.

    Most of the disgruntled hate for this video will probably come from civilians.

    PS - I woulda given a lot to get in bed with my old XO. But you know, I had to be professonal.

    Posted by: w.t. door | Jan 1, 2011 9:37:51 PM

  13. 1) On a scale of 1 - 10, where 10 is the most offensive, this is about a 2 at worst.
    2) On the same scale, HEATHR posting for donations is an offensive 10.
    3) The guy on the right in the still photo looks like a 10, and not in an offensive way.

    Posted by: justiceontherocks | Jan 1, 2011 9:59:23 PM

  14. Some of it is sophmoric. I've said it before but we gay folks need to loosen up. Girls, let's be honest. We say much worse to each other every time we congregate. Stop being so sensitive.

    Posted by: DrWill | Jan 1, 2011 10:01:07 PM

  15. these are the folks trying to take down the taliban?how can u be the face of a modern western world and still push sexism and homophobia,what makes u better than the backward folks u are trying to defeat??i really hope one of these guys think about the kinda example they are putting out there to their daughters!!their sons who god i hope will know better and the children etc who ARE gay and not to be degraded ..."fags" hmmmm such a shame

    Posted by: sal | Jan 1, 2011 10:05:15 PM

  16. Agree, it's pretty lame, but it's a bit of a stretch to label it as homophobic, especially since it was produced under the George H.W. Bush Administration when both political branches of our government were controlled by one party.

    The real issue here is the fact that the XO, now Captain, of the Enterprise inspired such loyalty from his crew that that American people now know what a great job he was doing! [Snark.]

    Posted by: Operation Yellow Elephant | Jan 1, 2011 10:11:17 PM

  17. toto amen " Its not asking alot for members f the military to carry themselves with professionalism while in uniform." just imagine all the kids who will see these guys they look up to push this ancient perspective.i hope this kinda stuff isnt covered over with excuses,that is needed to build a strong inclusive future military

    Posted by: sal | Jan 1, 2011 10:12:03 PM

  18. Man people need to lighten up! These folks are out to sea for years at a time, diversion is in short supply . The only thing I found offensive is the music Jefferson Starship and Styx really?! You should see what some us got up to at Parris Island.We had a Drill Sargent who would walk around in socks and boots smoking a cigar, and if you were lucky he'd blow smoke in your face out of his mouth instead of a different orifice lol!

    Posted by: rebar | Jan 1, 2011 10:24:34 PM

  19. As a former Army officer, I find none of this surprising; however, I'm not about to defend it. I'm sure CPT Honors will be held to account for his actions by the Navy.

    My point is that this is a good example of why DADT repeal is so important. Over time, having gay officers and enlisted throughout the ranks serving openly will make anti-gay jokes/rhetoric like this seem...passe and old-fashioned. Stuff like this will just fade away. That will be the true measure of progress.

    Posted by: Jay | Jan 1, 2011 10:34:43 PM

  20. When did the Navy start deploying for years at a time?

    Posted by: adam | Jan 1, 2011 10:37:13 PM

  21. It'll be interesting to see if the new post-DADT guidelines being prepped by the Pentagon address fratboy-level behavior like that exhibited by the XO in these "written by, produced by, directed by and starring in" XO tapes (as if it takes the repeal of DADT to address such fratboy-level behavior)!

    Posted by: HadenoughBS | Jan 1, 2011 10:38:14 PM

  22. Anti-gay?? I didn't see anything offensive here.

    Posted by: Alexandre | Jan 1, 2011 10:45:08 PM

  23. Can't wait to see the sight gag about the xian fundie who bent over for the anal probe because they told him that was jesus inside.

    Wait, what? Such a thing would never get made? Really?

    Anyway, yeah, that was probably Glenn Close - daughter of the founder of the Moral Rearmament, and among the first-year class of "Up with People". Whatev. She lives her life, I live mine.

    Posted by: Name2 | Jan 1, 2011 10:46:28 PM

  24. Your tax dollars at work.

    This sort of video might be something seamen might get up to amongst themselves, but for an XO to put this out for the whole ship, something is wrong.

    Posted by: Randy | Jan 1, 2011 10:48:52 PM

  25. Juvenile? yes. Frathouse Humor? yes. My older straight brother was in the Navy and I could see him doing this and laughing his ass off. Lighten up folks, this isn't mean spirited, just boys blowing off a some steam. Hell, I even thought it was amusing.

    Posted by: plaintom | Jan 1, 2011 10:59:11 PM

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