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View Poll Results: Do You Agree With Actor Val Kilmer About Most Vietnam Vets: "Most (Vietnam Vets) guys were bord
yes 18 16.51%
no 84 77.06%
other 1 0.92%
not sure 6 5.50%
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:28 PM
 
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Do You Agree With Actor Val Kilmer About Most Vietnam Vets?"I understand it more. It’s an actor’s job. A guy who’s lived through the horror of Vietnam has not spent his life preparing his mind for it. He’s some punk. Most guys were borderline criminal or poor, and that’s why they got sent to Vietnam. It was all the poor, wretched kids who got beat up by their dads, guys who didn’t get on the football team, couldn’t finagle a scholarship. They didn’t have the emotional equipment to handle that experience. But this is what an actor trains to do. I can more effectively represent that kid in Vietnam than a guy who was there."
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:35 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Oh that is sick! And what's worse is his views are probably held by most actors, directors, and writers in Hollywood.
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Who's going to help him with his role,...Hanoi Jane Fonda?
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:36 PM
 
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I think it's WAY WAY overstated...Hollywood 'hype', like so many other things. Those who get drafted (as was still going on then) and sent to war DO tend to represent the middle class and below; that's just a fact of life. The rich and the 'privileged' are rarely drawn to a life of military service, and many affluent guys COULD postpone the draft indefinitely.

That being said, this was basically a 'blue collar' bunch, not 'criminals or misfits'. Many were minorities; many were not. Few were "rich".

I'd say Kilmer's assertion is a sensational exaggeration....(like those of MANY entertainers and public figures, eager to bolster their case by overstating it).
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Western Hoosierland
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I absolutely say NO!
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:38 PM
 
Location: 38°14′45″N 122°37′53″W
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Do we really need more actors in politics??? Good grief! What a moron! Reagan was enough....
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:38 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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I do not agree with Val Kilmer's characterization of Vietnam vets.

I do agree that Val Kilmer is an irredeemable jagmook.
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:40 PM
 
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Thank you everyone for not agreeing with this fool.
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:41 PM
 
Location: southern california
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a great actor and a horrible and disrespectful thing for a public figure to say about our servicemen.
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:49 PM
 
Location: Chicago Suburbs
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I just added him to my ever growing "pay no mind" list.
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