CBS apologizes to veterans for reality show
WASHINGTON -- CBS issued an apology for an episode of “The Amazing Race,” shown earlier this month, which used a memorial of a downed American aircraft in Vietnam as a prop in the reality show.
In a statement before Sunday’s new episode of the popular show, CBS officials obliquely acknowledged the recent controversy.
“Parts of last Sunday's episode, filmed in Vietnam, were insensitive to a group that is very important to us - our nation's veterans," the statement said. “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.”
The American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars lashed out last week following the Vietnam episode, where the aircraft memorial was featured. Leaders accused producers of the show of ignoring the American servicemembers killed when that B-52 was shot down, instead treating the tragic site as just another tourist stop.
The groups also objected to local youth singing pro-communist propaganda songs during the same episode, calling it anti-American sentiment that reopened old wounds.
In a statement Monday, officials from both veterans groups said they would accept the network’s apology.