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Some Vets Condemn 'Wedding Crashers' Site
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Posted on 07/25/2005 7:41:34 AM PDT by Conservomax

DENVER (AP) - Some military veterans and law enforcement officials are angry about a Web site promoting Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn's comedy "Wedding Crashers."

To win the affections of attractive bridesmaids in the movie, two fun-loving partiers pretend to be Purple Heart recipients.

New Line Cinema's movie Web site includes a fake, paper Purple Heart to cut out, with the spoof: "Carrying a Purple Heart in your jacket guarantees you attention, admiration and plenty of free booze."

"I challenge the producer of that movie to go to Walter Reed Hospital and walk through the ward and see if he still wants to print out a fake Purple Heart," said Thomas Cottone, Jr., a special agent with the FBI who enforces a federal law that prohibits wearing, manufacturing, buying, selling or trading a Medal of Honor.

"Talk to some of these people who don't have legs anymore and see how funny they think that movie is."

New Line Cinema, which produced the movie, did not return a phone message.

A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Friday would expand federal law to allow prosecution of anyone who falsely claims to have earned a military medal or a Purple Heart.

"Here's an example of Hollywood imitating life. Hopefully it brings to the American conscience that this is what is happening," said Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran who runs a Web site dedicated to Medal of Honor recipients.


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KEYWORDS: hollywood; purpleheart; weddingcrashers
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Saw teh movie, thought the joke was in bad taste, but also saw the point of it, it was to portray the two as scumags.

Dude, I almost nun-chucked you, you have no idea.

1 posted on 07/25/2005 7:41:36 AM PDT by Conservomax
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To: Conservomax

Another embarrassement for McCain being in that flick.


2 posted on 07/25/2005 7:42:39 AM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: Conservomax

I apologize for the bad spelling, I was trying to post this as quick as possible so that it wouldn't be a dupe.


3 posted on 07/25/2005 7:42:46 AM PDT by Conservomax (There are no solutions, only trade-offs.)
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To: Semper Paratus
"A bill introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives Friday would expand federal law to allow prosecution of anyone who falsely claims to have earned a military medal or a Purple Heart."

Jean-Francois Kerry must be nervous about this.

4 posted on 07/25/2005 7:45:40 AM PDT by EggsAckley
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To: Conservomax

There is nothing so precious to lose as one's sense of humor.


5 posted on 07/25/2005 7:46:08 AM PDT by kharaku (G3 (http://www.cobolsoundsystem.com/mp3s/unreleased/evewasanape.mp3))
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To: Conservomax

". . . .portray the two as scumags."

Context is everything, isn't it?

The movie is very funny, and not nearly as raunchy as portrayed.

In fact, it has some pretty conservative themes: (1) one of the great running themes in the movie is the hypocrisy of the fake limosine liberals (the fiance is an "environmentalist) and (2) the second is that empty sex is just that --- empty --- and there is, indeed, something special and sactified about marriage.


6 posted on 07/25/2005 7:47:24 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan
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To: Conservomax
You are suprised about Sleazywood's production of a movie that mocks the military?
They have been doing this since the 60's.
They do the same with police, Christianity and straight white males. The two fools who mock the military ARE straight, white males, aren't they?
The minorities, always portrayed as the smart, good, decent, balanced saints in a movie, ARE really the good guys who set the asshole white males straight, aren't they?

Lol. More of the same from Sleazywood. No surprises.

7 posted on 07/25/2005 7:48:02 AM PDT by starfish923
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To: Conservomax

That was a series spelling error. It was hugh. <;)


8 posted on 07/25/2005 7:48:24 AM PDT by rwa265
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To: Conservomax

This movie is just going to make weddings more security concious. Not for any other reason than the price.

An open bar costs money.
Each seat costs money.

Every father of the bride will now ask the wedding planer or hotel event coordinator what he is going to do to prevent crashers.


9 posted on 07/25/2005 7:48:39 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: Conservomax
The film clearly uses the Purple Heart thing as a sign of what bottom-feeders these guys have become.

I also wondered if it was a dig at Kerry, since the movie also portrays the environmentalist, socially-conscious boyfriend as a complete and utter fake and scumbag.

I'm probably reading too much into it.

10 posted on 07/25/2005 7:49:44 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: starfish923

You forgot the wise all relationship knowing homosexual male who helps the girl see the light about her stupid straight male object of affection.


11 posted on 07/25/2005 7:50:11 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE!)
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To: Conservomax

Hell, art imitates life. Look at John Kerry.


12 posted on 07/25/2005 7:50:16 AM PDT by kabar
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To: rwa265

sory i suk


13 posted on 07/25/2005 7:50:24 AM PDT by Conservomax (There are no solutions, only trade-offs.)
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To: starfish923

The scene does not mock the military.

It mocks the two liars and "poseurs."

If anything, it affirms that military honors are just that --- honorable and desireable.


14 posted on 07/25/2005 7:50:56 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan
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To: wideawake

"I'm probably reading too much into it."

I don't think you are.

The whole movie was a complete slam against limo libs.


15 posted on 07/25/2005 7:51:53 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan
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To: wideawake

I think the funeral crashing scene was a dig at the Wellstone disaster.


16 posted on 07/25/2005 7:51:55 AM PDT by Conservomax (There are no solutions, only trade-offs.)
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To: kabar

Yeah, he only tried to pick up a whole country with that line.....


17 posted on 07/25/2005 7:53:33 AM PDT by WV Mountain Mama ("Draco Dormiens Nunquam Titillandus" never has better advice been given.)
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To: MeanWestTexan
The movie is very funny, and not nearly as raunchy as portrayed.

A TRIED and TRUE method to denigrade a group of people is to make others laugh and them. Portraying them as scumbags is one thing, but that the movie is very funny shows their intent.
They might have made the men pretend to be politicians, sleazy actors, directors, producers, etc. But, they chose to make them false Purple Heart winners.

18 posted on 07/25/2005 7:53:38 AM PDT by starfish923
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To: Conservomax

"we lost a lot of men"

hey guys, its a movie, a very UN PC movie.

Lighten up.


19 posted on 07/25/2005 7:53:58 AM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: longtermmemmory

Actually, in this movie, the only homosexual character is portrayed as a scary anti-social loner with severe emotional problems.


20 posted on 07/25/2005 7:54:05 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: longtermmemmory
You forgot the wise all relationship knowing homosexual male who helps the girl see the light about her stupid straight male object of affection.

I sure did. Thanks.
This will be added to the list.

There would also be the wise, all-knowing Buddhist monk who sets everyone straight. Right, grasshopper?

Harhar, Sleazywood is such a load, innit?

21 posted on 07/25/2005 7:56:09 AM PDT by starfish923
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To: starfish923

The movie does not denigrate purple heart "winners." (I have two, and did not "win" either.)

The movie denegrates people who falsely claim to have earned a Purple Heart.

There is a huge difference.


22 posted on 07/25/2005 7:56:48 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan
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To: Conservomax

LOL!


23 posted on 07/25/2005 7:56:50 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: wideawake

Vince Vaughn is so ffing funny.

"We shared a moment, Todd"


24 posted on 07/25/2005 7:57:00 AM PDT by Conservomax (There are no solutions, only trade-offs.)
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To: Conservomax

I didn't know this was in the movie. If it is for the purpose of bringing to the attention of everyone, that these guys are s-bags that's one thing, if it is in the order of other scatological humor that seems to permeate SNL and other similare comedies then I'll not see this movie.


25 posted on 07/25/2005 7:57:56 AM PDT by nikos1121
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To: starfish923

Hollyweird just does not get it. They are moral relativists in Hollyweird. They simply are disconnected from reality. They hate Conservatives, Christians, Family oriented folks... unless you define a family as two Lesbians and their cats. These are the same knuckleheads who brought you "Will and Grace", "Desperate Housewives", "Sex In The City", and assorted other cultural trash. They also hate the military unless they are made out to be alcohol swilling buffoons like in "Stripes" or "Mash". Every War is immoral, the Military is evil and the Anti-American mindset is being truly enlightened.

There are a few exceptions lately "Tears of The Sun", "Black hawk Down", etc. But very few. And the MSM ignores assults on the families of our Veterans who are killed in combat. Like the one whose funeral was crashed by the Lt. Governor in PA. What a piece of trash she is.


26 posted on 07/25/2005 7:58:18 AM PDT by Khankrumthebulgar
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To: starfish923

In this movie the sleazeball is a rich WASP uber lib bully.


27 posted on 07/25/2005 7:58:57 AM PDT by Conservomax (There are no solutions, only trade-offs.)
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To: Conservomax

"That painting was a gift. I'm keeping it."


28 posted on 07/25/2005 7:59:11 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: starfish923

Hollyweird just does not get it. They are moral relativists in Hollyweird. They simply are disconnected from reality. They hate Conservatives, Christians, Family oriented folks... unless you define a family as two Lesbians and their cats. These are the same knuckleheads who brought you "Will and Grace", "Desperate Housewives", "Sex In The City", and assorted other cultural trash. They also hate the military unless they are made out to be alcohol swilling buffoons like in "Stripes" or "Mash". Every War is immoral, the Military is evil and the Anti-American mindset is being truly enlightened.

There are a few exceptions lately "Tears of The Sun", "Black hawk Down", etc. But very few. And the MSM ignores assults on the families of our Veterans who are killed in combat. Like the one whose funeral was crashed by the Lt. Governor in PA. What a piece of trash she is.


29 posted on 07/25/2005 7:59:45 AM PDT by Khankrumthebulgar
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To: nikos1121

It was to show that the guys are scumbags (who are later redeemed and who renouce their preying upon of women as scummy).

It is a South Parkian conservative movie --- in short, hypocrits beware.


30 posted on 07/25/2005 7:59:46 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan
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To: MeanWestTexan
The movie does not denigrate purple heart "winners." (I have two, and did not "win" either.) The movie denegrates people who falsely claim to have earned a Purple Heart. There is a huge difference.

No doubt there is.
So, I guess you can't understand why some of the military are protesting this movie. Right?

31 posted on 07/25/2005 7:59:58 AM PDT by starfish923
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To: EggsAckley

He was for it before he was against it!


32 posted on 07/25/2005 8:00:48 AM PDT by Paulus
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To: wideawake
I also wondered if it was a dig at Kerry...

Maybe not intentionally, but it served as one. Using "fake" Purple Hearts to lend credibility to a failing Presidential Campaign is even worse than using them to get free drinks.

"Wedding Crashers" does slam limousine liberals and has a surprising and fairly powerful anti-libertine message. I can't imagine a lot of Hollywood figures going to see the film without realizing that their lifestyles are being mocked. ;)

33 posted on 07/25/2005 8:01:31 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Some people are like gravy, spilled on God's Sunday shirt..." -- Spock's Beard)
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To: MeanWestTexan; All

How was the John McCain cameo?
Maybe we should see this movie.


34 posted on 07/25/2005 8:01:34 AM PDT by Liberty Valance ( Howdy!)
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To: wideawake

..."Not to mention the midnight rape"...


35 posted on 07/25/2005 8:01:48 AM PDT by Conservomax (There are no solutions, only trade-offs.)
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To: Khankrumthebulgar
Hollyweird just does not get it. They are moral relativists in Hollyweird. They simply are disconnected from reality. They hate Conservatives, Christians, Family oriented folks... unless you define a family as two Lesbians and their cats. These are the same knuckleheads who brought you "Will and Grace", "Desperate Housewives", "Sex In The City", and assorted other cultural trash. They also hate the military unless they are made out to be alcohol swilling buffoons like in "Stripes" or "Mash". Every War is immoral, the Military is evil and the Anti-American mindset is being truly enlightened.

There are a few exceptions lately "Tears of The Sun", "Black hawk Down", etc. But very few. And the MSM ignores assults on the families of our Veterans who are killed in combat. Like the one whose funeral was crashed by the Lt. Governor in PA. What a piece of trash she is.

Well put.

36 posted on 07/25/2005 8:01:57 AM PDT by starfish923
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To: nikos1121
No, the context is that these guys are desperate to use every sleazy tactic possible to get sympathy sex from gullible bridesmaids.

It shows them in a downward spiral until they hit rock-bottom and then try to clean up their act.

One of the elements in that downward spiral is to sport fake military decorations, make up stories about deceased loved ones, etc.

37 posted on 07/25/2005 8:02:22 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: starfish923
But, they chose to make them false Purple Heart winners.

False Purple Heart winners are scumbags, or do you think otherwise?

38 posted on 07/25/2005 8:02:47 AM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Khankrumthebulgar

The bad-guy in this movie is a limo-liberal.

The movie shows that mindless, empty, sex has consequences and is bad, and no way to spend one's life.

A family's infedilitous (sp?) marriage results in 2/3 of the kids being mal-adjusted.

A good marriage is ultimately shown to be an ideal situation.

The lone homosexual is complete freakjob.

Two losers repent of their empty lives --- one after confessing to a priest, no less.

These are hardly anti-conservative, anti-Christian, themes.


39 posted on 07/25/2005 8:04:03 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan
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To: Liberty Valance

He's in it for about 2 seconds, standing next to James Carville.


40 posted on 07/25/2005 8:04:45 AM PDT by Conservomax (There are no solutions, only trade-offs.)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
fairly powerful anti-libertine message

Agreed. The Will Ferrell character, a 40+ year old living at home with his mom and trolling obituaries for dates, is hilarious and sobering at the same time. "I don't want to judge you, because you're an innovator . . ."

41 posted on 07/25/2005 8:05:10 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: Liberty Valance
How was the John McCain cameo?

He's only on screen for about ten seconds, and doesn't have a speaking line (James Carville does, but it's distantly miked).

It's for adults only, but the film is utterly hilarious.

42 posted on 07/25/2005 8:05:25 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Some people are like gravy, spilled on God's Sunday shirt..." -- Spock's Beard)
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To: starfish923

"So, I guess you can't understand why some of the military are protesting this movie. Right?"

I do understand, because they are not getting the whole picture.

Any thinking vet that actually sees the movie will be happy, just as they are happy when John Kerry was exposed as a fraud and a liar.


43 posted on 07/25/2005 8:05:44 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan
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To: MeanWestTexan

"The lone homosexual is a complete freakjob"

And man, does it make for some hilarious scenes.


44 posted on 07/25/2005 8:05:57 AM PDT by Conservomax (There are no solutions, only trade-offs.)
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To: MeanWestTexan

Yup. Made me wonder if Hollywood is trying to hedge its bets.


45 posted on 07/25/2005 8:06:02 AM PDT by wideawake (God bless our brave troops and their Commander in Chief)
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To: finnman69
hey guys, its a movie, a very UN PC movie.

You get the feeling that lots of FReepers would simply replace current PC with their own?

A sense of irony and humor.... don't leave home without it.

46 posted on 07/25/2005 8:08:41 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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To: Conservomax

I haven't seen the movie, do you think it could be a subtle jab at Kerry's questionable purple hearts and chasing rich women?


47 posted on 07/25/2005 8:08:59 AM PDT by sportutegrl (People who say, "All I know is . . ." really mean, "All I want you to focus on is . . .")
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To: Conservomax

The vets are overreacting. It is a paper purple heart.

Nobody would believe it is real. It is disgusting to pretend to have a purple heart, but not to cut out a paper one.


48 posted on 07/25/2005 8:09:04 AM PDT by rwfromkansas (http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=rwfromkansas)
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To: Mr. Jeeves
"Wedding Crashers" does slam limousine liberals and has a surprising and fairly powerful anti-libertine message. I can't imagine a lot of Hollywood figures going to see the film without realizing that their lifestyles are being mocked. ;)

Limo liberals THRIVE on the publicity. Thye think that they are just swell.
They simply don't see it as mockery; publicity for their faces and names, yes, mockery, no. They are in denial. THEY will remark that THEY are in the limos....enough for them.
Fame, status and money (power, in many cases) = their morality.
They really believe that fame and notoriety are the same.
They really believe that there is "status" in being a porn "star" or getting a part in a movie or on T.V.
Money makes it all correct and worth it. Money itself gives "fame" and "status." Money, after all, is power.

49 posted on 07/25/2005 8:11:54 AM PDT by starfish923
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To: MeanWestTexan

I will have to see it. I got two free passes I will have to use up before I go to college again later in August (since it is only for a specific theater brand).

It is too late to see War of the Worlds, so I have to see something else, and the only thing interesting right now is Wedding Crashers.

I enjoy Vaughn.


50 posted on 07/25/2005 8:12:12 AM PDT by rwfromkansas (http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=rwfromkansas)
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