‘Beetle Bailey’ set bad example
Letters to the Editor, May 6, 2011
I am writing to question the “Beetle Bailey” comic strip that appeared in the May 4 edition.
At a minimum, inappropriate behavior in the military workplace and possibly sexual harassment in a professional environment is being depicted in this comic strip. The strip in question depicts a young soldier (enlisted or officer) saying that the chaplain said he was going to get a promotion. He is speaking to another well-known character in the strip, Ms. Buxley, an administrative assistant. Ms. Buxley proceeds to ask why and the young soldier replies “for showing the staff how to get on Facebook and see your vacation photos at the beach.”
As he says this, the next panel shows the one-star general, another officer and another servicemember staring at what appears to be the computer — presumably at the photos in discussion. Each gentleman has a big smile on his face.
Ms. Buxley, by the way, is seen with her eyes wide open in an appearance of surprise.
Being “too sensitive” and it’s just “light humor” is no longer an excuse when violations of Equal Opportunity occur. In the Army soldiers should be looking out for their battle buddies and civilian staff personnel, not ogling them.
Oh a side note, shouldn’t the chaplain have said something about this type of inappropriate activity?