‘The Code’ for tone deafness? CBS show on Marines grilled for tweet about female officer
Marine Corps Times
By: J.D. Simkins
April 18, 2019
Network television shows on military subjects seldom lead the charge when it comes to accurately portraying the subject matter on which said shows are based.
A tweet from the official account of CBS' "The Code" sparked some harsh criticisms of the new show. ("The Code")
And that’s fine. Audience members should never expect to attain a firm, gospel-like grasp of military culture based on shows scheduled adjacent to series like “God Friended Me” or “Hawaii Five-0.”
Such tempered expectations should likewise be extended to CBS’ “The Code,” a show about “the professional and personal lives of some of the military’s brightest legal minds in the courtroom, where each attorney is trained as a prosecutor, a defense lawyer, an investigator — and a Marine,” according to the show’s IMDB page.
Since its debut, veterans have been quick to point out minor inaccuracies, such as ribbon placement or the apparent scarcity of qualified barbers in the region — harmless slip-ups.
But on Tuesday, a tweet from the show’s official Twitter account riled the masses for coming off as questioning basic capabilities of women in the Corps.
“Can Lt. Harper Li balance her duties to the Corps with planning her wedding?” the tweet read. “Find out in the latest episode of #TheCode.”
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