USMC public affairs not please with plot of Avatar

James Cameron's Avatar has already grossed $1 billion at the box office, but the popular film has upset some military officials. Col. Bryan Salas, United States Marine Corps Director of Public Afffairs, wrote an open letter criticizing the film and its director.

Salas slams the movie since it reportedly "takes sophomoric shots at our military culture and uses the lore of the Marine Corps and over-the-top stereotyping of Marine warriors to set the context for the screenplay.  This does a disservice to our Corps of Marines and the publics' understanding of their Corps."

As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan continue, the USMC and U.S. Army have strived to keep their images intact due to past incidents.

"Let's view Avatar for what it is, a leap in the wizadry of cinema, a digital fantasy and a vehicle for a filmmaker to make a statement, but not emblematic of the Marines who honorably fight and fall to win our nation's real battles today."

What are your thoughts on the movie?  Does it hurt the perception of military culture, or is Col Salas barking up the wrong tree?

"The whole principle [of censorship] is wrong. It's like demanding that grown men live on skim milk because the baby can't have steak." -- Robert Heinlein
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