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The Amazing Race Apologizes For Hanoi Episode — Is It Enough?

March 25, 2013 10:22 AM by Stephanie Gustafson

Last week, The Amazing Race angered a number of veterans and their loved ones with an episode set in Hanoi. CBS has since apologized for any offense it may have caused — but was that apology good enough to appease those who found the Vietnam episode problematic?

It may win award after award, but The Amazing Race often causes its fair share of controversy. The latest scandal involved an episode in which contestants traveled to Vietnam, attended a performance by the nation’s Communist Party and visited a B-52 Memorial. What angered veterans was not so much the inclusion of these scenes (although some objected to the communist performance) but the fact that the show failed to capitalize on the opportunity to teach viewers about the history behind the memorial site. As the commander in chief for the Veterans of Foreign Wars explaine,d “The scene with the B-52 wreckage could have been used to tell a story about what was then America’s longest war.”

Responding to heavy criticism for its Vietnam episode, CBS aired a brief apology at the beginning of last night’s broadcast of The Amazing Race.  The network apologized for being “insensitive to a group that is very important to us: our nation’s veterans…All of us here have the most profound respect for the men and women who fight for our country.”

While some critics were satisfied with the apology, others felt that it was not enough to make up for the misstep. Still other fans of the show believe that CBS has nothing to apologize about.

Where do you stand on this issue? Was The Amazing Race’s treatment of the Vietnam War bad enough for you to quit watching the show for good? Sound off in the comments section below!

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4 Responses to “The Amazing Race Apologizes For Hanoi Episode — Is It Enough?”

  1. Dave F Says:
    March 25th, 2013 at 11:18 am

    Why must the show continually go to Viet Nam? Hanoi Hilton, now this. How much is a vet supposed to take. I’m sorry but if I were a contestant I would have to decline that part of the race.Then have to memorize their song about how great they are. ENOUGH!!!

  2. james Says:
    March 26th, 2013 at 10:38 am

    The Amazing Race has nothing to apologize for. It is a competition show that shows us all kinds of cultural aspects oflife in other countries. Our own military must stop their own kind of prejudice and hate. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Put the past behind and grow up you conservative jerks. We need to love our foreign brothers as much as own as Jesus would want us to.

  3. Susie Says:
    April 1st, 2013 at 12:47 am

    Yes, I think the show should have apologized. To the other person that commented saying that there is no problem because the show displays other countries’ cultures – if they had only shown Vietnam’s culture, (e.g. food, music, costumes, dance), there would be no controversy. The problem is that instead of basing the show on culture, they based it on politics. People feel very strongly about communism because it robs people of their identity, their freedoms and their motivation. To the other person that commented, if you care so much about loving your fellow man, then you need to do some research into the effects of communism on humanity and then tell me you wouldn’t feel outraged and indignant when communism is celebrated and praised.

  4. Liz Says:
    April 5th, 2013 at 9:01 am

    Comment to james – it’s not about prejudice and hate, it’s not about unforgiveness and putting the past behind. It’s about dancing on someones grave. I’m betting that james is too young to have fought in the Vietnam war, or to have his father, brother, husband, or other loved one killed or missing in action in Vietnam. Respect, young james, that’s all were talking about.


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