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

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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. to defend this garbage is really stupid. this man is a captain in the us navy and really should know better. if this is the kind of people who will implement the repeal of DADT
    it will never get certified. this man's next step is to be an admiral but should actually be throw out. he exercised bad judgement and misuse of government property. is this any different than tail hook where officers where censured and forced to retire?

    Posted by: walter | Jan 1, 2011 11:19:15 PM


  2. Andy - the video doesn't work. It plays for the first few seconds until it reaches "XO" and then cuts out. I would love to comment but can't see it.

    Posted by: Rod Douglas | Jan 1, 2011 11:22:13 PM


  3. How was a ship deployed to Afghanistan? Anybody look at a map recently?

    Posted by: Shawn | Jan 1, 2011 11:26:39 PM


  4. I would agree with many of the comments here. What on earth is offensive in the least with ANYTHING in this video ? Preening and whining about 'sensitivity' is the thing that will set back all the progress we have made.

    Maybe it is just because I am ex-military myself, but I see nothing demeaning here. Progress will be made when anti-LGBT jokes are relegated to the same hilarious 'taboo' bucket as anti-black jokes which are universally told by comedians from Chris Rock on down to peals of laughter.

    Thick skins everyone. It will be a bumpy ride to full equality and progress and those stressing some faux political correctness over manning up and joining in with the frat boy humor are doing nothing but setting us back decades.

    Posted by: Jim in Colo Spgs | Jan 1, 2011 11:32:54 PM


  5. Harmless? Just guys letting of steam? You are an idiot if you think this is just good fun. The ones a**hole sitting on the XO right talked about how their movies had offended people, but "they were to gutless to come directly to them, instead went through other channels."

    I could only imagine the harassment one would get if one did go directly to the XO and his two idiot sidekicks. It is not so much the content (you idiots who would defend this BS are right, worse has been said and done) as it is the toxic tone of the film, creating a toxic and threatening environment for any gay personnel who are put in the position of having, yet again, to pretend that they are straight, that it is all just in good fun, and being made to feel that they must laugh along, so they don't given themselves away.

    While not the onerous thing I have ever seen, it is threatening, and it is toxic. If diversion was all they wanted, then maybe they could have poked fun at themselves, instead of going with the "Fag" baiting.

    Certainly, gays have recently become ultra-sensitive, ready to jump on the smallest joke, or clumsy choice of words, but there is nothing innocent going on this film in the way of just good fun. When a bunch of straight men with a frat-house mentality get together and produce this type of crap, and feel the need to trot out their testosterone-hyped BS for the world to see, there is nothing remotely innocent or fun about it.

    It's a threat, plain and simple, and pretty much standard for one of the most unprofessional militaries in the world.

    Posted by: Ricco | Jan 1, 2011 11:57:06 PM


  6. Andy's site is the best. I read it every day. This is the first time he's misfired. This is amateur hour but it's not homophobic per se. It's just reflective of our juvenile society best represented by the people that fight the wars we shouldn't be in in the first place.

    Posted by: Mark | Jan 2, 2011 12:11:43 AM


  7. How about we leave it to gay people IN THE NAVY to decide how "offensive" this is. If they complain about it, fine. If they like it, fine.

    I swear, all these complaints and especially demands for investigations and dismissals are EXACTLY what our opponents said would happen if DADT was repealed.

    Stop fulfilling the hopes and dreams of the asshats.

    Posted by: BobN | Jan 2, 2011 12:52:48 AM


  8. Perhaps not as offensive when you consider that Owen is gay? *shrug*

    Posted by: sparks | Jan 2, 2011 1:07:12 AM


  9. With it edited as much as it was, it's hard to tell if this is homophobic or just sophomoric. I'm willing to bet it's a bit on the mean-spirited side, but that's kinda the military.

    It's not like people go to Harvard because the Navy won't take them...

    Posted by: Jasun | Jan 2, 2011 1:18:38 AM


  10. I'm sorry I'm not offended at all

    Posted by: Kevzin | Jan 2, 2011 1:21:37 AM


  11. I personally dont think this is funny, and using the word "Fag" in a negative contentation is in fact a form of homophobia.

    As a leader in a time of war the XO should be setting an example and not acting like a middle-aged Frat boy trying to be cool with the young kids.

    whats most frightening and infuriating are all the comments defending the XO... I forget that in America its unpatriotic to say anything negative about the worlds most unprofessional military!

    Posted by: Rod | Jan 2, 2011 1:43:56 AM


  12. Wait, that wasn't intended to offend anyone? Really, is that what the navy is sticking to.

    Sorry, but this guy needs to be thrown under the bus if our military is serious about ending discrimination. Alas, they probably aren't.

    No surprise so many fought against DADT repeal because of unit cohesion. Really what they meant was these bro-ish assholes bonding over making fun of gays. They'll miss being able to do stuff like this.

    Posted by: Joe | Jan 2, 2011 1:47:13 AM


  13. The XO is super hot and gay. Capt Honors is very gay and always has been.. I bet the boys on the USS Enterprise are lathering each other up.

    Posted by: JohnnyWad | Jan 2, 2011 1:53:00 AM


  14. For an Army Xmas party, I was force to do a drag show, or do KP forever. I thought my closet door was real tight.

    Posted by: barney | Jan 2, 2011 1:57:04 AM


  15. After watching it, I get that it's not all offensive.

    But, his clear use of the word "fag" at the begining to warn them that they may cry is a clear problem and a use of hate speech intended to offend. Further constantly referring to one of the guys as a "fag" and "gay" as a put down is pretty disgusting - but in 2007 the military code said gays were disgusting.

    Like others, I'm interested in the navy giving a real response to this, and to looking at what type of anti-discrimination guidelines are created in the coming months.

    Posted by: Joe | Jan 2, 2011 1:57:51 AM


  16. Also, it must have really sucked to be gay and see the word "fag" thrown around so casually as if being gay was negative and made you less of a man, and watching all of your peers laugh at you. The fact that this was shown to 6000 people is terrible.

    However, the military uniform fully supports this type of homophobia.

    Posted by: Joe | Jan 2, 2011 2:06:53 AM


  17. The only part that made me cringe was when he calls his blue-suited self "fag" several times. It comes across as derogatory.

    Most of the jokes - guys showering together, the lube, the bed scenarios, guys in drag - I don't mind. Jokes like that probably go back to cavemen days and they're just keeping things loose.

    Posted by: Rich | Jan 2, 2011 3:21:44 AM


  18. As a Family Therapist I find this just fascinating--the idea of the XO doing split screen "alter egos" of himself with the "left" flyboy macho snarking at the "right" SWO. I was impressed at how well Honors used his physical stance to impart personality elements to all three of his "characters."

    I'd really enjoy using this as a teaching tool for other therapists.

    Posted by: Eagledancer | Jan 2, 2011 5:20:45 AM


  19. I want to see Mr. Honors live up to his name by making a dozen-niggers-in-the-shower-with-the-lone-lily-white-young-naked sailor video as well as an all-chinky-eyed Asian navy men showering with the same lone young blond blue-eyed caucasian smiling and addressing the camera with: "The water heater is damn broke but it sure is getting warm in here!" and upload both on YouTube and let's see if they get the same ho-hum no-big-deal reaction that Mr. Honors' people say his homophobic video elicited generally.

    Posted by: Manny Espinola | Jan 2, 2011 6:15:50 AM


  20. Posted by: Ricco | Jan 1, 2011 11:57:06 PM:

    ... unmitigated epic fail.

    Oh, and game, set, match at the fist use of the term "idiot." Pack your bag and hit the showers, you lost.

    Posted by: dave02657 | Jan 2, 2011 6:44:06 AM


  21. I'm willing to cut a lot of slack. This is nowhere near as raw as the fratboy stuff I've seen made by the Junior Sailors on some of Her Majesty's Australian Ships.

    Except - these weren't junior sailors.

    OK, good for morale etc. Still willing to cut slack.

    Except... "they were to gutless to come directly to them, instead went through other channels."

    This is like a Good Ol Boy Sheriff "joking" about what him and his boys do to n1ggers who get too uppity. All a joke, right? Lots of Laffs? The noose in the background, that's all good fun.

    No way. That's a threat. It can be seen as declaring that no complaint of harassment is going to be dealt with with any seriousness. Maybe guys don't see it this way, but the gals sure would.

    See
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tailhook_scandal

    There's a history there. This can't be seen in isolation.

    Tailhook was is 1991. Honors graduated from the Naval Academy in 1983, so odds are pretty darned good he was in the Tailhook association then.

    Posted by: Zoe Brain | Jan 2, 2011 7:04:36 AM


  22. And you wonder why we can't win wars... the same people who made this kind of crap, are our commanders... and our Chief of staffs...
    Sadly, it's never them who are kicked OUT of the armed forces.

    Posted by: jerry pritikin | Jan 2, 2011 8:51:22 AM


  23. XO looks queer to me...lol

    Posted by: Matthew | Jan 2, 2011 8:53:15 AM


  24. meh. The video is taken in isolation. Most of you have never served and don't get some forms of military humor. it can be *very* juvenile, just like this.

    was this funny, yeah, in a frat-boy kinda way. am I offended, nope.

    thick skin and battle choosing, folks.

    Posted by: DR | Jan 2, 2011 9:02:33 AM


  25. ermmm....juvenile, you bet. Offensive? It's the navy, to be expected.

    Posted by: wehotom | Jan 2, 2011 9:15:16 AM


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