Vets Upset by Purple Heart Use In Wedding Crashers

Crashers.jpgI really enjoyed Wedding Crashers. Was it smart? No. But it’s laugh per minute ration was amazing. Good solid laughs throughout that probably leaves it as the best comedy so far this year.

Now, in the film, one of the “gimmicks” the wedding crasher use is to wear fake Purple Hearts. On the official website, the fake Purple Heart image has the tagline with it “Carrying a Purple Heart in your jacket guarantees you attention, admiration and plenty of free booze”. Apparently American Military Vet groups are quite upset by the use of the image.

Personally though… I think the gag show a HUGE amount of respect to the image of the Purple Heart. Think about it. At the core of the joke is the understanding that the Purple Heart is such an amazing, important and symbolic thing, that in the wedding crashers minds it “guarantees you attention, admiration and plenty of free booze.” In essence, what the gag says is that to have a Purple Heart is more important or significant than being a millionaire, or famous, or attractive.

Yeah, so me personally, I think the gag actually pays homage to the image of the Purple Heart as opposed to showing disrespect to it. But that’s just my point of view and I could be wrong. Your thoughts?

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