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Desmond Tutu, 8 Other Nobel Peace Prize Winners Call For Axing NBC’s ‘Stars Earn Stripes’

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File photo of a press junket with the cast of the upcoming NBC show "Stars Earn Stripes." (credit: Getty Images)

File photo of a press junket with the cast of the upcoming NBC show “Stars Earn Stripes.” (credit: Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (AP) — Nine Nobel Peace Prize winners are speaking out against a new NBC competition series they say treats military maneuvers like athletic events.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the other Nobel laureates have protested in an open letter that the show, “Stars Earn Stripes,” glorifies war and armed violence.

The series premieres on NBC on Monday night. It pairs celebrity participants with U.S. military personnel for simulated military challenges.

The letter was sent Monday to NBC boss Robert Greenblatt and others connected with the show. It declares “preparing for war is neither amusing nor entertaining.” It calls for NBC to stop airing the series.

NBC has no comment.

The Nobel laureates also expressed their support for a protest against the show scheduled for Monday afternoon outside NBC’s New York headquarters.

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