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Posted at 1:49 PM ET, 01/ 4/2011

Glenn Close calls use of her image in Navy video 'deeply offensive and insulting' [Exclusive]

By Liz Kelly

Glenn Close in a screengrab from Capt. Owen Honors's naval swan song. (Courtesy of the Virginian-Pilot)

Glenn Close, via her publicist, contacted Celebritology on Tuesday to make a statement in response to her unwitting appearance in a lewd video made by Navy Capt. Owen Honors, who was relieved of his command of the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise on Tuesday.

As we reported yesterday, Close appears briefly in a montage at the end of the video -- which also features homophobic remarks, simulated masturbation, partial nudity and generally idiotic attempts at humor.

"I am distraught that my image has been used to perpetuate something that I abhor," said Close via publicist Catherine Olim. "The cynical, unauthorized use of my image in this video is deeply offensive and insulting, and was the result of a seemingly innocent request of me during a visit to the aircraft carrier over four years ago."

So, there you have it. Capt. Honors's chances of a post-Navy Hollywood career just got that much smaller.

After the jump, watch the full video ...

Related: Capt. Owen Honors was relieved of command over lewd videos, official says.

This post has been updated since it was first published.

By Liz Kelly  | January 4, 2011; 1:49 PM ET
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Comments

What she said:

"I am distraught that my image has been used to perpetuate something that I abhor..."

What she thought:

"I'm back, baby! Now how can I milk this for more exposure and revive my stalled acting career?"

Posted by: West_Seattle | January 4, 2011 2:25 PM | Report abuse

The man should do the "honorable" thing and retire--he is thru

Posted by: fairness3 | January 4, 2011 2:37 PM | Report abuse

West_Seattle--er, stalled? Ever heard of Damages? Two Best Actress Emmys and a Golden Globe in the last two years? Her career is just fine.

Posted by: sorcerers_cat | January 4, 2011 2:48 PM | Report abuse

Captain Honors (oxymoron, anyone?) signs with a publisher in 5-4-3-2...

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 4, 2011 3:25 PM | Report abuse

What she said:

"I am distraught that my image has been used to perpetuate something that I abhor..."

What she thought:

"I'm back, baby! Now how can I milk this for more exposure and revive my stalled acting career?"

Posted by: West_Seattle
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Stalled acting career? She won the Emmy last year for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for "Damages." Before you shoot from the hip, you should do due diligence.

Posted by: binaryboy | January 4, 2011 3:36 PM | Report abuse

Distraught?

Exaggeration does not become you, Glenn.

Posted by: sasquatchbigfoot | January 4, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

She won it in 2008 and 2009; she was nominated in 2010, but lost out to Kyrs Sedgwick.

Posted by: binaryboy | January 4, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

fairness wrote:
The man should do the "honorable" thing...

Bet he's glad he's not in the Japanese Navy.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 4, 2011 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Not a surprise that Ms Close reacted this way, but I'm still very happy to see that she did. Also, "distraught" is an excellent word that should be used more frequently.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | January 4, 2011 3:45 PM | Report abuse

I hope she sues the clown for every last penny he makes off of being a scumbucket

Posted by: newagent99 | January 4, 2011 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Honors's future in five words: Fox News Senior Military Analyst.

Posted by: mattintx | January 4, 2011 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Silly, but known to others before he received his command.

Maybe it has some appeal to young sailors. It seemed to differentiate between orientation and conduct. The gay in the blue suit wasn't thrown overboard for simply being gay, and he got a few lines.

He's gone.

Posted by: blasmaic | January 4, 2011 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Of all the noise that could be generated...this one takes the cake.
How many of you remember the Song class sub that surfaced right in the middle of a carrier task group (I think it was the Enterprise) in the Sea of Japan back in 2007?
Its time to quit screwing around making amateur videos, become professional and think of the 4500 men and women who could be taken out if this had been the real thing. As my cousin, who used to be on a LA attack boat had on a t-shirt: PICTURE OF CARRIER "Hello Skimmer" Picture of Carrier going down "Goodbye Skimmer". So cut out the hs and get your ASW skills back in order instead of playing Steven F Spielberg.

Posted by: jfregus | January 4, 2011 4:39 PM | Report abuse

It is the XO's job to keep the crew's morale up. The videos were funny ways to remind the men that they have to save water by only taking three minute showers and other mundane facts of life on a naval ship. They were well received by the crew and got the message across in a very humorous way. Then of course the gays got "empowered", had a hissy fit and pranced around lisping "off with his head". What a pitiful thing that we are now forced to put political correctness ahead of military readiness. Of course this was all explained to the liberals but they shot down DADT anyway because they don't care about the military.

Posted by: oldno7 | January 4, 2011 5:44 PM | Report abuse

First, allow me to apologize for being a testosterone laden, Top Gun type, red blooded American.

Secondly, I find Capt. Honor's videos to be hilarious.

Honestly, all you armchair admirals need to:
(a) cease your sniveling,
(b) put-on your jammie-jams,
(c) sip some herbal tea, and
(d) leave the Navy to men and ladies with guts, swagger, and Honor.

Posted by: ProfessorPeabody | January 4, 2011 5:56 PM | Report abuse

I hereby nominate jfregus for Comment of the Week Honors (you should pardon the expression)!

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 4, 2011 6:11 PM | Report abuse

A gay sailors worst fear is not only the fear of dying in battle, but the fear of being set upon by a gang of gay bashers and thrown overboard. The Captain`s showing of a homophobic video to the crew could have given gay bashers the inspiration to turn a gay sailor life into food for the sharks. There should be an investigation to find if any of the crew was lost at sea under the Captain`s command.

Posted by: morristhewise | January 4, 2011 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Honor's.....is a punk and a bully.. say bye bye little birdie...ha ha ha Who's laughing Now...

Posted by: janetmramos | January 4, 2011 7:05 PM | Report abuse

First, allow me to apologize for being a testosterone laden, Top Gun type, red blooded American.

Secondly, I find Capt. Honor's videos to be hilarious.

Honestly, all you armchair admirals need to:
(a) cease your sniveling,
(b) put-on your jammie-jams,
(c) sip some herbal tea, and
(d) leave the Navy to men and ladies with guts, swagger, and Honor.

Posted by: ProfessorPeabody
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Hilarious!

But the joke is on the military and the readiness of brave young men to join up in an organization that appears to be on it's way to a military resembling a humorless, devoid of Esprit d'Corps morale, PC University - that uses Stalinist fear to control opinions.

Want to sign up for that?
Let the herbal tea sniffers and blubberers demanding more tenderness and self-esteem trophies have a go...

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | January 4, 2011 7:19 PM | Report abuse

"I am distraught that my image has been used to perpetuate something that I abhor," said Close via publicist Catherine Olim.
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It's the most publicity this washed up old hag has received in those four years. She should be thanking Honors.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | January 4, 2011 8:19 PM | Report abuse

This whole thing is a very ridiculous story and the handling does not make the Navy a better place. It is very vulgar, but isnt it a ship?`It is nothing but a rather lame modern multimedia surrogat version a typical traditional ritual on all ships of the world! It used to happen when the ship crosses the equator. How hypocritical the American public can be...

Posted by: uzs106 | January 4, 2011 9:32 PM | Report abuse

desertdiva wrote:
It's the most publicity this washed up old hag has received in those four years. She should be thanking Honors.

Sheesh, didn't you read the comments above before venting your pie-hole? Glenn Close has won Emmys as best lead actress on a dramatic series two of the last three years. Her career's gotta be doing a whole lot better than yours, and she no doubt looks a darn sight better than you do as well.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | January 4, 2011 10:00 PM | Report abuse

the adolescent behavior proves this is a tea bagging repub. and as mentioned above he will become part of the fox network of honorable americans.

Posted by: ninnafaye | January 4, 2011 10:20 PM | Report abuse

There are really sweet girls in that movie that have a lot of fun so it must be perfectly clean however it may look after those years

Posted by: uzs106 | January 4, 2011 11:03 PM | Report abuse

If Patti LuPone is enjoying a bit of schadenfreude today, so be it.

http://www.amazon.com/Patti-LuPone-Memoir/dp/0307460738/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1294206973&sr=1-1

Posted by: HughBriss | January 5, 2011 12:57 AM | Report abuse

i was a photographer stationed on Enterprise in '06. i was there when the full skit (that's just what these were) was aired with Glenn Close. she had a full scene, and she was not "deeply offended" at the time. in fact, i'd even say that she enjoyed the experience.

Posted by: jasonpfiester | January 5, 2011 1:21 AM | Report abuse

Oldno7 said:


It is the XO's job to keep the crew's morale up. The videos were funny ways to remind the men that they have to save water by only taking three minute showers and other mundane facts of life on a naval ship. They were well received by the crew and got the message across in a very humorous way. Then of course the gays got "empowered", had a hissy fit and pranced around lisping "off with his head". What a pitiful thing that we are now forced to put political correctness ahead of military readiness. Of course this was all explained to the liberals but they shot down DADT anyway because they don't care about the military.
______________________________________

Uh, riiiight. Pick your knuckles off the ground you troglodyte and read a paper: many sailors were offended and complained of the videos when they first aired. This was brushed under the rug (probably not unlike the one riding atop your neanderthal skull). Moreover, these got leaked somehow, right? Ooooh maybe it was a pinko homo spy hiding in the showers getting the skinny and jollies all at once! My gay brother served proudly in the Army. He is ten times the man, patriot, proud American, and critical thinker that you probably ever were. Since you probably have no medals, at least you wear your ignorance well.

Posted by: burly7 | January 5, 2011 1:47 AM | Report abuse

This is the best acting Glen Close has done in years!!
Who cares what she has to say at least real people don't especially those of us in the military.
This is the real world not tinsel town and this is how men and women act on deployment. Always have and always will. This is my fear with the repeal of Don't ask Don't Tell is the knee jerk PC reaction from the Brass.
Retired USA

Posted by: dlm8hn | January 5, 2011 10:25 AM | Report abuse

You have to be able to laugh at everything. You gotta be able to poke fun at everything too. I haven't seen all the videos, but I don't doubt Honors made fun of himself in those videos. If you can survive boot camp, you can survive slurs and berating humor. Hell the way military personnel talk in general is disgusting, homoerotic, and self-deprecrating and a constant attack on a person's background or charactor. It builds comradery, not hate. Only tough people can survive in the military, be you man, woman, gay or straight. Who really cares, honestly? You should have heard how this one lieutenant I spoke to said. Get over your PC pretentious selves...

Posted by: RossdaBoss | January 5, 2011 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Whaaaa whaaaaa As they have a john on CNN, now THAT is offensive..

Posted by: reshas1 | January 5, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

Whaaaa whaaaaa As they have a john on CNN, now THAT is offensive..

Posted by: reshas1 | January 5, 2011 12:39 PM | Report abuse

So let me think this through. The same people that have not said one word against the Muslim women getting stoned to death or shot to death or whipped raped and then killed. Fathers killing their own daughters with honor killings.In fact these people get all upset if anyone even mentions that Muslims do this. These same people are outraged because a funny skit was made and God help us the Gays are made fun of. Seems there sense of priorities is totally screwed up. People this stupid I don't care what they think.

Posted by: harley2002 | January 5, 2011 3:39 PM | Report abuse

When I saw her image in Capt. Honor's video I thought there might be hope for at lease some of the hollywood types---guess not.
This shocks her, but the depictions of another women (by men) doesn't get a mention (probably because she supports it).
Hypocrisy runs deep in hollywood, and Washington D.C..

Posted by: Bronco46 | January 5, 2011 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Served for 4 years as an escort ship to the Enterprise at the end of Nam- BIG DEAL on what this guy did! He would have been a gas to be under his command. He's probably a good commander- but bleeding hearts would never know. I am amazed at PC getting into the military- we will pay a big price. Those who have never served and live easy lives dont get it and never will.

Posted by: firstwreath | January 5, 2011 6:53 PM | Report abuse

harley 2002-Right on!

Posted by: firstwreath | January 5, 2011 7:28 PM | Report abuse

First off, I have not viewed the video, which makes it almost impossible to observe what Capt. Honors 'intentions' may have been. That said, I agree with rossdaboss' comments. Military humor is raucous and unlike anything in the PC 'world'. But that does not relieve Capt. Honors of his responsibility to avoid shipboard tension. He would have been better served by thinking it out before committing to the starring role. By the time one is an naval X/O on a combat carrier, I'd expect any commander to be more circumspect.

Posted by: solidwater | January 5, 2011 8:59 PM | Report abuse

I reviewed the video and found it funny and creative. It was no more offensive than SNL and less offense than the late and very funny George Carlin. Have we all lost our minds? Is there an ounce of common sense left? How many of you ass-kisser's are going to jump on the incorrect Politically Correct program because you don't have the courage to tell it like it is an how you really feel! I do have the courage and don't mind telling you, YOU ARE ALL WRONG! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ALL OF YOU? Have you gone so far overboard with your knee-jerking reactions and your POLITICAL CORRECTNESS that you have left any shred of reason behind in "a cloud of dust and hearty hi ho Silver". As a previous navy fighter pilot I would like to say this to all of you, if you are willing to let someone else serve to protect your freedom you have no right to judge them and furthermore you haven't a clue. These guys and gals need to relieve the incredible pressure and stress they work under. HOW DARE YOU JUDGE THESE BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN DOING A JOB YOU NOT ONLY COULDN'T DO, BUT DON'T HAVE THE GUTS AND COURAGE TO DO. HOW DARE YOU! This is non-issue issue that has been catapulted, pun intended, into a catastrophic incident by the news hungry media who don't care what damage they do and whose morale they destroy. Anyone who wants to make an issue out of this is nothing but a cry-baby, bleeding heart that would never have the guts to serve in the first place. My G-d, why don't you vent your outrage at real issues like Muslim terrorist, a $14 Trillion National debt, banks needlessly foreclosing on 3.2 million homes this year and the loss of $17.5 Trillion in the equity of 125 million American homes and a thousand more atrocities. GET A LIFE...

Posted by: edgoldfarb | January 5, 2011 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Honors is an honorable man being made a scapegoat. The videos are hilarious. The video which surfaced today on Navy News website, shows a man concerned for the well being of his crew. Surprised and seemingly elated by his kindness and friendliness toward them, they respond favorably to his way of meeting them on a personal level. Judgment should be reserved until the results of the entire investigation is complete. None of the material comes close to resembling hardcore pornography. Ms. Close is a wonderful actress and person, coming across as a sophisticated woman. Now Mae West would have been honored to have had her photograph included in these marvelous skits. Most importantly, after all is said and done about this buffoonery, was the Enterprise and its crew in jeopardy at anytime because of the planning, making and showing of the videos? And, weren't the making and showing of the videos approved by someone higher than O. P. Honors? Me thinks that someone who wanted a BIG promotion knowingly decided that what was meant to be an "on-board-ship-viewing experience" was the perfect foil for Honors' undoing. It will be fascinating to discover who turned the videos over to the media. I would be proud to sail with Caption Honors and I still love the work of Glenn Close.

Posted by: claygoul1 | January 5, 2011 10:30 PM | Report abuse

Juvenile...very juvenile, and reminiscent of something conjured up perhaps by, say, a mid-level- or junior-grade officer.

But it brings to mind a larger question: After almost a decade of two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and a declared war against Islamic terrorists, most of whom are landlocked and have no access to the sea with anything other than a motorboat or a canoe, is the Navy searching for relevance in the post-Cold War era? Does Captain Honors reveal a psychological fraying at the edges?

Posted by: sthomas1957 | January 5, 2011 10:38 PM | Report abuse

The tender little souls outraged over what was basically nothing is so true to the left wing mindset.

This is firstly a sacrifice to the the Gay groups because he used the term F** in the video.

And those of you who never served a day of your life protecting this country, thinking you rate calling this man names, or going on self-righteous crusade are the real joke.

Hypocrisy and Political Correctness are in full vigor because of this administration.

But again, you don't really care, it's all about sounding oh so special when the most you interact with the goverment is going to pick up some entitlement check.

Posted by: TiminPhoenix | January 6, 2011 12:37 AM | Report abuse

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