Bruce Cumings, author of The Korean War: A History (2010) and history professor at the University of Chicago, says “M*A*S*H remains an all-time popular TV series because while it may be set in Korea, it’s really about the Vietnam War it has that sensibility.” In David Halberstam’s book, The Coldest Winter: America and the Korean War (2007), he writes that MASH, the movie, “was really about Vietnam, and came out in 1970, at the high-water mark of popular protest against that war. It was a time when Hollywood executives were still nervous about making an anti-Vietnam movie. As such, Korea was a cover from the start for a movie about Vietnam: director Altman and the screenwriter, Ring Lardner Jr., were focused on Vietnam but thought it was too sensitive a subject to be treated irreverently. Notably, the men and officers in the film wear the shagged haircuts of the Vietnam years, not the crew cuts of the Korean era. Halberstam writes that Korea took place before TV news came into its own.
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West Hollywood celebrates high court’s rulings on gay marriage
“It’s about love. We don’t deserve to be treated any less than anyone else.” Many in West Hollywood had been nervous about the same-sex marriage ruling after the high court’s decision a day earlier that struck down a key part on the Voting Rights Act. “So many people have fought for this. The Voting Rights ruling caught me off guard. Today I’m so relieved,” said Cory Lee, 23, a model who grew up in Austin, Texas.
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