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CBS apologizes to veterans for insensitive Vietnam segment in ‘Amazing Race’

By Daniel S Levine,

Prior to Sunday night’s episode of The Amazing Race, CBS aired a notice apologizing for an insensitive segment filmed in Vietnam that aired during the previous week’s episode.

During the episode, competitors sang a pro-Communist song when they visited a war memorial. As noted on Military.com, the memorial was made out of a crashed B-52.

“Parts of last Sunday's episode, filmed in Vietnam, were insensitive to a group that is very important to us: our nation's veterans,” CBS’ statement read. “We want to apologize to veterans – particularly those who served in Vietnam – as well as their families and any viewers who were offended by the broadcast. All of us here have the most profound respect for the men and women who fight for our country.”

After the episode aired, the Veterans of Foreign Wars was disgusted. However, the VFW did accept CBS’ apology, as did Sen. John McCain, who was a POW during the Vietnam War.

"CBS did the right thing by apologizing for #AmazingRace Hanoi episode. We all make mistakes — the issue is closed,” McCain tweeted, reports USA Today.

McCain was held captive by the North Vietnamese for five and a half years at the notorious ‘Hanoi Hilton.’ Just last, he week marked the 40th anniversary of his release.

image: CBS

 
 

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