Both comedic legend Chris Farley and Army General Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr. have shuffled off this mortal coil, but the remnants of their stomp still exist.
Perhaps the most enjoyable example is the following clip that aired on NBC’s Saturday Night Live in 1991. It’s Farley doing his best “Stormin’ Norman” impression during the “Weekend Update” portion of the show on the heels of the military commander utilizing the term “military fairies” during an address to West Point cadets a few days prior.
*WARNING: Video contains strong language*
In case you were wondering, here’s what the general actually said at the academy in upstate New York:
“After Vietnam, we had a whole cottage industry develop, basically in Washington, DC, that considered a bunch of military fairies, that had never been shot at in anger, who felt fully qualified to comment on the leadership ability of all the leaders of the United States Army.
“They were not Monday morning quarterbacks, they were the worst of all possible kind, they were Friday afternoon quarterbacks.”
U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. John Jendro, a Pentagon spokesman at the time, told the press that while Schwarzkopf meant no offense, he “meant what he said and said what he meant”.
He went on (via Philly.com):
“The term military fairies was not meant as a slight to the gay and lesbian community. He was referring to those who had not served in Vietnam and who were untested by fire in combat — yet willing to tell the military how to act and react when fired upon.”