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CBS Issues Apology to Vietnam Veterans over “Amazing Race” Episode


During an episode of “The Amazing Race” which aired last week, the teams were traveling in Hanoi in Vietnam and they stopped to get a clue at a B-52 crash site memorial. The wreckage of the big plane is still on the scene. 2 Airmen died in the crash and 2 others were injured. Military activists say it was offensive to use such a solemn memorial as a prop in a reality tv show.

During last night’s episode of the show, CBS issued an apology for using a Vietnam landmark that celebrates the death of members of the B-52 crew. Here is the statement from CBS:

“Parts of last Sunday’s episode, filmed in Vietnam, were insensitive to a group that is very important to us — our nation’s veterans.”  “We want to apologize to veterans, particularly those who served in Vietnam, as well as to their families and any viewers who were offended by the broadcast.” There was no immediate response from the VFW, whose National Commander Jack Hamilton had written to CBS President Les Moonves charging that “the B-52 scene, as well as the young people singing a propaganda song, was totally unnecessary to the show’s plot, which speaks volumes about naïve producers who think they’re in charge when they are not.”

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