Fired Navy commander: My bosses knew about raunchy videos
Owen Honors says senior leadership gave "tacit approval" of controversial on-board videos.
January 31st, 2011
12:32 PM ET

Fired Navy commander: My bosses knew about raunchy videos

The Navy commander fired for making racy videos and broadcasting them on a ship says that the movies had the "tacit approval" of senior Navy leadership, the Navy Times reports.

Owen Honors' statement to investigators, obtained by the Navy Times, marks the first time his side of the story has been made public.

Honors made headlines for days in early January when the videos were published on the Virginian-Pilot newspaper site. The films included a simulated rectal exam, anti-gay slurs and sailors pretending to shower with each other aboard ship. In early January, Honors was removed from his post commanding the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise.

An official 15-page statement that Honors gave to Navy investigators states that two commanding officers, two strike group admirals "and myriad other senior military and civilian distinguished visitors" were aware of the videos, according to the Navy Times.

Honors made the videos in 2006 and 2007 when he was executive officer of the Enterprise, and they were discussed during meetings with the ship's commanding officer and other leadership, the Navy Times reports. During these conversations, Honors received “encouraging feedback” about the content of the movies and was never told to stop making them, according to the report.

Honors' superiors did not respond to Navy Times' requests for comment.

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  1. SDFrankie

    Well, this guy found out that with a career in comedy comes a certain amount of risk. He could have stuck to his day job, but nooooo. His balls were just a little too big for that. He knew his videos offended some, but figured they could just lump it. Ah well. Things are tough all over.

    January 31, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Percy

    That may be correct but it still doesn't make it right. Your career is over Dude!!

    January 31, 2011 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Michelle

    Served on the Enterprise while Capt. Honors was the XO. Saw all the videos and nothing is wrong with any of them. Looking at them now (civilans and media), and not understanding the message behind them and the moral boost it gives to the crew, and to have an XO like that is a gift that someone not in the military couldn't understand. Civilians and the media should not try to understand what goes on in the Navy, Army, Marines, or Air Force. We sacrifice alot for the U.S. and if you haven't given it all and deployed then you wouldn't understand. The military is not like a civilian company as much as many would like it to be. Hate to see Capt Honors or anyone above him be punished anymore for this.

    January 31, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • JJ

      Sorry, Michelle, but when it comes to this I have to tell you you are clueless. I was in the military. It's wrong, period. Excuses are like anal orifices. Everyone's got one and they all stink.

      January 31, 2011 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      That's the good thing about America. Everyone can have their opinion.

      January 31, 2011 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • WhyUseFacts

      Thank you for your service, and for stating the actual facts surrounding the videos, not the liberal media hype.

      January 31, 2011 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMC

      To JJ

      Im offended and I would like to sue you now. Get it yet?

      January 31, 2011 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michelle

      I'm sorry JJ...but if you weren't there then you would not understand. your free to voice your thoughts but I'm free to disagree and to tell you that you are wrong.

      February 1, 2011 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Kimberly

    Sometimes its ok to have a sense of humor... That is all he was doing... You can HARDLY compare this to the pictures of abusing people that were imprisoned a few years back!!!

    January 31, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  5. ConcernedNetizen

    Commander Honors did this show on a weekly "movie night" basis, that his superiors wouldn't know he's been doing this is ludicrous. This guy is being thrown under the bus for no reason..

    January 31, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. caliconor

    It is no one's fault but his own. Many mafioso's could blame their activities on their bosses...doesn't make it right or wrong.

    January 31, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JJ

    All he has to do is make a list and take then down with him. It's not like anyone twisted his arm.

    January 31, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SDFrankie

    Pretty tired of this "you civilians can't judge us" nonsense. I've served in the Navy and in private business and responsibility is responsibility. If you don't want to incur any risk, don't lead.

    January 31, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Dumb Sweed

    Looks like we have a bunch of thin skinned good for nothings among us. None which none could be counted on for back-up in tough situations.)

    January 31, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CBR

    This problem of never taking responsibility for you actions is wide-spread. People do not know how to apologize and just say it was wrong and i am sorry. Unfortunately, those who are caught in a lie are ready to blame someone else.

    Did high ranking Naval Officers know about the videos? Any officer who knew about the videos should tender his/her resignation. Although some think this video is funny many believe that this type of humor should not be acceptable behavior for commanding officers or anyone else.

    January 31, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Peter

    And this lessens Honors' responsibility and culpability.....how?

    January 31, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  12. tcaros

    So, he's saying he went along with the status quo. He's not a good leader.

    January 31, 2011 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. richard

    The captain should change his last name. He's sullied the meaning of "honor." What he did was his responsibility. No matter if superiors knew or looked the other way–he was responsible, not them. He's blaming them for his actions? How hypocritical is that! We pay the fool's salary and he's supposed to live up to the military code of behavior. He didn't do that. Take away his name, his retirement and maybe he can go on the chitlin' circuit as a comedian. He's certainly not an officer I would serve with.

    January 31, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Chaos

    He acknowledged on the video that it violated the rules and was improper. So much for personal responsibility.

    January 31, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. N. Peterson

    I'm embarrassed to live in a country where military officers defend such behavior! I don't give a flying f#*k who you are, what you do, whether you're bombing terrorists or patrolling our shores, if you are wearing a uniform and WORKING as a representative of our country, you better act professional and uphold the highest standards. You don't see men and women on Wall Street acting this way, producing these derogatory videos... Unlike 99% of the working class, these clowns think they can do whatever they want while on the job. I don't care if it's their off time, they're on break, whatever, THEY ARE IN THE WORK PLACE aka ship. The rest of this country is held accountable for our behavior on work functions, holiday parties, anytime we are in the work place even though we're not "on the clock". I can't go into work and give a pretend rectal exam to a coworker because I'm not actively on duty. The military should have even higher standards of conduct than the rest of us, they are supposedly "trained" but they act like middle school children on recess

    January 31, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      This has to be one of the more ridiculous posts out there. Can you honestly say that you would be able to go to work, stay there 24 hours a day (for 8 months out of the year), be at your desk for 15-18 hours of the day surrounded by people trying to kill you and then not take time to blow off any steam (or find a way to blow off steam that offends absolutely nobody)? Quite impossible. Contrary to public opinion, we don't all go to Bible study when we take a break from killing our enemies, and trust me when I say you don't want Stuart Smalley out there running the show.

      January 31, 2011 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
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