Originally Posted by scienceinproducts
Well, I think our elected Commander in Chief is in a different place than a corporate-created prowrestling star. That honors entrance really was something else. Saluting? Maybe. But that honors entrance really made the men in uniform look like a prop. To me, it just felt really disrespectful, because the ideal soldier that the uniform represents is a far greater hero than John Cena could ever be.
Well, the OP made a point that Cena never served in the military, and expressed bafflement why he should be shown any respect because of it.
It is valid to state that the president likewise has never served, ie: Serving in the military is not a prerequisite to being shown respect by the military.
There is a whole host of civilian honors, for those civilians who advance and promote the cause of the armed forces and assist in recruiting. There are staffs and whole bureau's within the military whos sole function is public relations, and cultivating personalities like Cena. The relationship is mutual, and comes as no surprise to anyone who has served.
The honors entrance was overblown and gaudy, no question about it.
Much in the military itself is overblown and gaudy, and just about everything in the WWE is.
From that perspective, a perfect match, pageantry, hoopla and martial displays are the order of the day ,,, But not disrespectful, not even close.
I highly doubt if there was a single complaint from an active or former military member, and their opinion is all that really counts.
It was no doubt a signal honor for Cena to be shown such respect, and I personally think it was well deserved.