Entertainment US Army launches new animated recruitment video featuring LGBT+ family to diversify intake

17:40  13 may  2021
17:40  13 may  2021 Source:   msn.com

Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead has Tiger King connection

  Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead has Tiger King connection Hey all you cool (zombie) cats and kittens.Zack Snyder's new Netflix movie sees Dave Bautista and co attempt to raid $200 million from a zombie-infested Las Vegas before the city is nuked by the government.

a close up of a sign © Provided by The Independent

The US Army has released a new animated recruitment campaign featuring five diverse soldiers and an LGBT+ family in the hopes of appealing to new young audiences.

The campaign, which launched this week, is titled “The Calling” and features five animated short films detailing how a different person in each film decided to join the Army.

One clip follows the story of corporal Emma Malonelord who was “raised by two supportive mothers” and goes on to operate the nation’s missile defence systems.

“It begins in California, with a little girl raised by two moms,” Ms Malonelord says in the clip. “Although I had a fairly typical childhood, took ballet, played violin, I also marched for equality.”

Hospitality bosses battle to fill 355,000 roles before fully reopening

  Hospitality bosses battle to fill 355,000 roles before fully reopening Restaurants in Britain are facing a recruitment crisis as they gear up to fully reopen in three weeks' time, after more than 350,000 jobs were lost in the hospitality industry during the pandemic.Jobs lost in hospitality account for 43 per cent of the national total during the coronavirus crisis, with many staff who have lost their employment moving into retail - and others heading back to their home countries in Europe.

“I like to think I’ve been defending freedom from a young age.”

The animation flashes to a frame of an LGBT+ pride parade, with the young girl and her mothers in attendance.

The video then illustrates one of Ms Malonelord’s mother's recovery from an accident that left her paralysed with the parent “eventually standing at the altar to marry [her] other mom”.

“Sure, I’d spent my life around inspiring women, but what had I really achieved on my own?” the animated version of Ms Malonelord asks after completing university.

After meeting with an Army recruiter Emma finds a way to prove “her inner strength” and “maybe shatter some stereotypes along the way”.

General Patrick Michaelis, deputy commander of US Army Recruiting Command, told Military.com that the new videos are a “distinct departure” from previous campaigns.

Zack Snyder talks plans for Army of the Dead's extended universe

  Zack Snyder talks plans for Army of the Dead's extended universe The zombie heist genre is just getting started.Speaking exclusively in the latest issue of Digital Spy magazine about his plans for Army of the Dead's future, the director revealed that the ending of Dave Bautista's zombie epic inspired the idea of a "bigger world".

“Both in its arresting kind of visual, this anime approach but also an intimate portrayal of those who serve," Mr Michaelis said.

The other personal stories in the campaign feature stories from those from other underrepresented backgrounds including a Dominican immigrant, an African American woman, and a Haitian man.

The tagline for the campaign reads: “See how five young Americans made the most important decision of their lives, for reasons as diverse as they are.”

The Army has been making a sustained effort to appeal to more diverse groups in recent years, with LGBT+, ethnic minority groups, and women remaining severely underrepresented within its ranks, particularly in high-level positions.

Only from 2011 have openly gay, lesbian, and bisexual people been permitted to serve in the US military. A recruitment ban on transgender people was put in place under Donald Trump, but was lifted this year under President Joe Biden’s administration.

Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead praised in first reactions

  Zack Snyder's Army of the Dead praised in first reactions "Loads of strong ideas, a fair few questionable ideas, terrific gore."Set during a zombie apocalypse (and featuring an undead tiger!), it centres on a group of mercenaries who break quarantine to venture into an infested Las Vegas and pull off "the greatest heist ever attempted".

And despite the push for inclusion, Military OneSource a US Department of Defense programme offering support to active members says that some LGBT+ members still “worry about living openly” and “fear being harassed or passed over for assignments or promotions”.

Minority ethnic groups also remain highly marginalised. According to 2018 Pentagon data, nearly 24 per cent of the Army’s enlisted force was Black while about 17 per cent was Hispanic.

Those numbers also drop significantly as rank increases with just 10 per cent of the officer corps being Black and 8.6 per cent being Hispanic.

Earlier this month, top US Army General Mark Milley urged for greater diversity in the military saying: “Opportunity in our military must be reflective of the diverse talent in order for us to remain strong.”

“Our nation is ready to fulfil the promise of our Constitution to build a more perfect union and to ensure equal justice for all people, and it is your generation that can and will bring the joint force to be truly inclusive of all people,” he said.

Additional reporting by the Associated Press

Read More

US Army’s new night vision technology makes fighting in darkness look like a video game

U.S. army warmly welcomed ahead of NATO exercises in Albania

Love Has Won cult: Seven charged after leader found mummified in glitter and fairy lights

Army of the Dead star talks about Geeta's fate at end of Netflix movie .
"If you don't die on screen"Army of the Dead star Huma Qureshi has addressed the fate of Geeta at the end of the Netflix movie.

usr: 21
This is interesting!