April 08, 2013
The Amazingly DISGUSTING Race
I don't watch this show. I have no plans to start.
I saw clips from this episode which 'featured' a ‘B-52 Memorial’ in Hanoi, Vietnam – which in reality was the wreckage of an American B-52 bomber shot down during the war.
Contestants were also filmed watching a performance of young people singing songs before a portrait of communist leader Ho Chi Minh.
Oh yes, Uncle Ho, the leader of the communist regime that tortured and killed American POWs and our Vietnamese allies.
Is this what's becoming acceptable entertainment?
It wasn't just the insensitivity, the utter lack of concern, the short memory, the unlearned history, on the part of the show's producers, but on that of the contestants as well.
They seemed to know and care nothing about what they were seeing.
The apology is just insincere lip service due to fear of loss of revenue.
Amazing Race apologizes for anti-American episode
John Hamilton, the commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), wrote an open letter to CBS president Les Moonves expressing the organization's anger over the episode.
"The scene with the B-52 wreckage could have been used to tell a story about what was then America’s longest war, about the 58,195 American names on the Vietnam Wall, about the 1,652 Americans still listed as missing-in-action, or about the fates of the multiple crewmen aboard each of the 17 American B-52s we lost in combat," Hamilton wrote. "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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