The Amazing Race Apologizes for Hanoi EpisodeCBS officials finally admitted they made a very bad decision when they sent The Amazing Race competitors to Hanoi, Vietnam for the March 17, 2013 episode. The show featured the racers picking up a clue from a box set up in front of a B-52 memorial featuring the wreckage of a downed American plane. None of The Amazing Race contestants acknowledged the location and the powers-that-be apparently initially didn’t see anything wrong with using the B-52 memorial as a backdrop.
Their choice of location offended Vietnam veterans and their families, and caused an uproar online as well as on network news broadcasts. And although CBS withheld comment all week, they did begin the March 24, 2013 episode with an apology:
“Parts of last Sunday’s episode filmed in Vietnam were insensitive to a group that is very important to us — our nation’s veterans,” read show host Phil Keoghan in a statement shown at the beginning of the March 24th broadcast. “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.”
In addition to the B-52 memorial clue box, the group had to learn a Communist victory song.
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