NBC is defending its new series "Stars Earn Stripes" after nine Nobel Peace Prize winners complained the show treats military maneuvers like athletic events.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the other Nobel laureates protested Monday in an open letter that the show glorifies war and armed violence.

NBC says the show isn't "a glorification of war, but a glorification of service."

The series premiered on NBC Monday night. It pairs celebrity participants with U.S. military personnel for simulated military challenges.

The letter was sent to NBC boss Robert Greenblatt and others connected with the show. It declares "preparing for war is neither amusing nor entertaining." It calls for NBC to stop airing the series.


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