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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