Attention Hollywood, Attention Hollywood.
Are you guys nuts, or somethin'?
Well, yes, it seems once again the artistically inclined fail to see the forest for the trees.
Rumor has it (thanks, Edward for the heads up!) that Paramount Pictures is planning a new live-action movie that changes G.I. Joe into a mere acronym, an international man of action. Making Joe more "homogeneous" and marketable both home and abroad.
Huh? Good grief, Charlie Brown.
Vin Supryknowicz's column has more about the reasons behind the change. You can sign a protest petition here.
The real G.I. Joe the doll was fashioned after was a WWII Medal of Honor recipient, a Leatherneck to beat all Leathernecks - Colonel Mitchell "Mitch" Paige. He wasn't a colonel on Guadalcanal, but a platoon sergeant in the Marines. His now famous bravery and fortitude has been written about extensively, and it is a story every American should know. (An Amazon search only turned up used books for "A Marine Named Mitch" and the starting price was $55.)
High school history lessons never introduced me to the men like Mitch Paige or E.B. "Sledgehammer" Sledge. Yeah, we memorized the important names like MacArthur, Halsey, and Eisenhower, but the men who really fought the war were never mentioned. Why?
Colonel Paige passed away in 2003, Eugene Sledge in 2001. Every day we lose an average of 1,200 WWII veterans. We lose the stories, the histories, the memories. Read about the Veterans History Project here.
Another interesting memoir written by Neal Watzman (Notes from Neal) about his father's WWII military service is here: Part I, and Part II.
War should not be romanticized (and Sledgehammer would be the first to agree), but the men and women who gave so much during the first half of the 20th century should not be reduced to dry and dusty words on school book pages,nor should their stories be twisted to fit a 21st century interpretation.
We owe it to these Americans to remember, and remember with honor.