Can't Take A Joke
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Want to land a bridesmaid? Carry a few fake Purple Hearts around and crash a wedding. That's one of many tactics in the movie "Wedding Crashers" used by actors Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson to win over the ladies. But the idea crosses the line for some veterans and members of Congress, who will introduce legislation Friday to make such an act a federal offense.
What most bothers Hershel Gober, former deputy secretary of Veterans Affairs and member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, about the film so far _ he hasn't seen it yet _ is New Line Cinema's Web site, because it offers fans a "Crasher Kit" complete with a "make your own" Purple Heart.
"Carrying a Purple Heart in your jacket guarantees you attention, admiration and plenty of free booze," the promotion site reads. "To get one of these babies, some dudes have to prove their physical, mental and spiritual strength with great feats of bravery on the battlefield. All you need to do is press the button below."
"It blew my stack," said Gober, who earned a Purple Heart in 1969 in the Mekong Delta when, as an Army company commander, he [was] injured by a booby trap.
"I have no problem with spoofs," he said. "But we're trying to protect the medals."
Oooo! Protect the medals! That's very important! In fact, while we're amending the Constitution to make it illegal to protest by burning a flag, why not ad this on too?? I mean, comon! We're just protecting Old Glory and the Medals!! What a great rallying cry! Constitution, schmonstitution!
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