Navy Capt. Owen Honors lost his his command of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise over raunchy joke videos he made to entertain the crew in 2006 and 2007 (when he was an executive officer). Now he has made an enemy of Glenn Close. The actress has expressed outrage over an unauthorized cameo she makes in one of the videos, which surfaced last week and cost Honors his job.
A clip of Close from her 2006 tour of the warship features at the end of the video in question, which contains coarse language, anti-gay slurs, and jokes with homophobic overtones (in one sketch, Honors is seen in a bathing cap, trying to find an unoccupied shower, and discovering many same-sex shipmates lathering each other up).
In a statement, Close said: “I am distraught that my image has been used to perpetuate something that I abhor. The cynical, unauthorized use of my image in this video is deeply offensive and insulting, and was the result of a seemingly innocent request made during a visit to an aircraft carrier over four years ago.”
She has been an outspoken proponent of gay rights and equal treatment, particularly in the military. In 1995, she starred in the TV movie Serving in Silence, about a National Guard colonel who fought her discharge after coming out as a lesbian.