Mar 25, 2013 No Comments ›› Chuck Biscuits
Excerpted from New York Daily News: After a week of protests from veterans organizations, CBS Sunday night apologized for a segment on last week’s “Amazing Race” that used a Hanoi war memorial as a prop.
The memorial marks a downed American B-52 aircraft.
The VFW, among other organizations, had blasted CBS for using the memorial as one of the spots where “Amazing Race” contestants searched for clues in their chase.
“Parts of last Sunday’s episode, filmed in Vietnam, were insensitive to a group that is very important to us – our nation’s veterans,” said the CBS statement, read before the start of Sunday’s episode.
“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.”
Response on the “Amazing Race” Facebook page Sunday night indicated many viewers had been unaware of the controversy, but generally praised CBS for the apology.
“My father’s friend was on that plane,” Katy Melo Metcalf posted. “[The monument is] offensive because it glorifies the death and killing of our men, not pride in their own.”
There was no immediate response from the VFW, whose National Commander Jack Hamilton earlier in the week wrote 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.”