CNN reports Capt. Owen Honors has been relieved of his command. I’m always torn by these stories. I think the military culture is so distinct from that of the business world. CNN reports that the videos for which he was relieved included “anti-gay slurs, simulated sex acts, and what appear to be two female sailors in a shower together.” I guess these videos aired to the entire ship between 2006-2007 while Enterprise was deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan.
2006 is pretty recent, and such insensitivity is probably disqualifying for a commander of so many people. I guess the pause that I have is that I do not think you should have to behave with the same level of sensitivity in all circumstances. When you broadcast something to 5000 people, though, you really need to make sure it is suitable for all audiences. If the tapes had been secretly recorded or viewed only by his friends, this would be a very different case for me.