According to Talk to Action, Steven Baldwin, one of the Baldwin brothers, seems to to be the spokesperson for Straight Up. "Straight" Up is doing a tour and shows over in Iraq.
Baldwin became a right-wing, born-again Christian after the 9/11 attacks, and now is the star of Operation Straight Up (OSU), an evangelical entertainment troupe that actively proselytizes among active-duty members of the US military. As an official arm of the Defense Department's America Supports You program, OSU plans to mail copies of the controversial apocalyptic video game, Left Behind: Eternal Forces to soldiers serving in Iraq. OSU is also scheduled to embark on a "Military Crusade in Iraq" in the near future.What's with the homo erotic name and t-shirts? Is this a gay crusade? In another article over at Talk To Action:
In short, the Pentagon seems to have adopted a new missionary position for the Operation Straight Up Tour and its "Tough-Men Meetings." Basically, the OSU Tour is promoting a holy war against the alleged enemies of Christ -- not unlike, say, a jihad. But there's a difference: jihad does not come with a homoerotic T-shirt.Oh, come on, you can't say these images aren't homo erotic. Can I say that it seems the folks at Straight UP are probably repressed homosexuals, way, way down in the bottom of the closet? Heh Heh Heh. Or perhaps, they are still little boys who never grew up, and still trying to impress daddy with how manly they are? See Sara's article over at Orcinus for her take on how manly they are. You know, I don't think any soldier would be caught dead in one of these flaming t-shirts, even any soldiers who happen to be gay. And what about female members of the services? I know when I was active duty, I wouldn't have wanted to wear these creepy t-shirts.
The Straight Up guys seem to be like the guys that drive around in the jacked up SUV, with large tires and outlines of naked women on their trucks. Perhaps they are all phallically challenged.