CBS apologizes, American Legion accepts apology
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...
"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."
The American Legion put out a release last night accepting the apology:
INDIANAPOLIS (March 24, 2013) -- American Legion National Commander and Vietnam War veteran James E. Koutz, issued the following statement regarding the on-air apology issued by CBS earlier this evening for an episode of “The Amazing Race,” which most viewers found offensive because of its content featuring the wreckage of a B-52 shot down in Hanoi and a pro-Communism singing performance:
“America is a forgiving country. When you make a mistake, you own up to it. The American Legion applauds CBS and ‘The Amazing Race’ for its apology that was broadcast immediately before tonight’s episode. We believe it to be sincere and heartfelt. We would like to thank the hundreds, if not thousands, of people who supported us through their Facebook comments, tweets, e-mails and phone calls. We would also like to thank Fox News Channel’s Greg Gutfeld for bringing this to our attention and his colleague Bob Beckel. Bob told me that he opposed the Vietnam War but felt very strongly that America’s veterans should never be disrespected in such a manner. Bob’s passion about this was clearly evident to all the viewers who saw him on “The Five.” To CBS, I say, ‘apology accepted.’”
With a current membership of 2.4-million wartime veterans, The American Legion was founded in 1919 on the four pillars of a strong national security, veterans affairs, Americanism, and youth programs. Legionnaires work for the betterment of their communities through more than 14,000 posts across the nation.