Can't believe people would run with this
PLEASE READ THIS
As the mother of a son currently serving, and the daughter of a vet in a family of vets than run in an unbroken line back to the Revolution, I spend a lot of my surfing time on mil and vet blogs, and try to keep up with the news. I dedicate a lot of my time to support, especially to wounded warriors (incl my son, who met an IED up close and personal, survived, and has recovered nicely, thank you).
As a little kid during the Vietnam era, I remember being confused and angry at the way our warriors were being treated by the press, some celebrities, and other grownups I didn't know. I confess that it developed into a life-long sensitivity to this particular issue, esp regarding Nam vets (OK, I'm touchy).
The Nam vets I knew and know are an honorable and eclectic collection of individuals and I respect and honor them all. As a student at UCLA in the 80's I stood on Bruin walk and toe-to-toe challenged those who would defame our service people, supported ROTC and vets on campus, and tried to garner support to investigate what happened to our MIAs. These are life-long concerns to me.
Do you guys even know who Chuck Klosterman is?? He is a writer known for his narcissistic, sarcastic humor and cynicism. He firmly plants his tongue in cheek, then releases his wit. He gives his spin to stories, imaginatively creating conversations in his books. This Val Kilmer quote is from one of his books! "Killing Yourself to Live: 85% of a True Story" You can find it here: http://www.amazon.com/Killing-Yourself-Live-True-Story/dp/0743264452
The Esquire blurb is just an excerpt. It is supposed to be funny, but I guess only to those who like this kind of sarcastic wit, and its out of context. As Klosteman is belittling Kilmer throughout the whole essay, I can't believe anyone would actually believe that these are verbatim quotes. I think Kilmer is a brilliant actor and Klosterman's writing can occasionally make me laugh out loud, so CHECK your sources, people!
If Klosterman TAPED this and can prove that its verbatim, that's one thing, but that was NOT how this was originally written. It was supposed to "give a sense of weirdness".
NONE of us KNOW Kilmer. He says he is the son of a vet. Please cut him some slack and stop spreading this rumor. Before you jump all over this and ruin his reputation, you should make 100% certain you know what you're talking about. Innocent until proven guilty, if you really believe in the Constitution, right?
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