Attention, wedding crashers

New Line Cinema drew the ire of vets and Rep. John Salazar, D-Colo, for offering the mock version of this military honor on the website of its latest flick, "Wedding Crashers." The accompanying text: "Carrying a Purple Heart in your jacket guarantees you attention, admiration and plenty of free booze. ... To get one of these babies, some dudes have to prove their physical, mental and spiritual strength with great feats of bravery on the battlefield. All you need to do is press the button below."

New Line hastily withdrew its wrong-headed publicity gimmick under fire, but that didn't stop Salazar from issuing this suitably dire warning: "If any moviegoers take the advice of the Wedding Crashers and try to use fake Purple Hearts to get girls, they may wind up picking up an FBI agent instead."

Set aside for the moment that a real Purple Heart these days is more likely to guarantee that you're a missing a limb or two. Since when is it criminal to be just plain stupid and/or desperate? This is America, baby! [LINK]

Odd note of irony, the soundtrack for the website intro is Green Day's anti-Bush administration anthem, "American Idiot."

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