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'The Amazing Race' apologizes for Hanoi memorial shoot
This doesn't happen often -- an apology, from a reality show, relative to the Vietnam War. But it happened at the open of Sunday's "The Amazing Race," when Phil Keoghan read this to viewers:
"Parts of last Sunday's episode, filmed in Vietnam, were insensitive to a group that is very important to us -- our nation's veterans. 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. All of us here have the most profound respect for the men and women who fight for our country."
"AR" taped at the site of a downed B-52 where two American servicemen were killed. The Veterans of Foreign Wars protested, as did other veteran groups, and "The Five" on Fox News beat the drum loudly (see below) for an apology. They got one last night.
What's interesting here is that there was no such hue and cry when "Survivor: Palau" shot around U.S. Mustangs that had been brought down by Japanese forces on the island prior to invasion. Thousands of men -- 1, 794 to be exact -- were killed at the Battle of Peleliu, and if memory serves, there was some concern at the time that a for-entertainment program would use a gravesite essentially as a prop. (In fact, if memory also serves, "Survivor" was respectful and in the process, a few million viewers probably learned about this terrible battle for the first time.) No apology at the time. Here's Fox again.