(Reuters) – U.S. TV network CBS has apologized after its Emmy-winning reality series “The Amazing Race” angered veterans with an episode featuring Vietnamese communist propaganda.
The show’s host, Phil Keoghan, apologized before the start of Sunday’s show for the March 17 episode in which participants in Hanoi were required to memorize a pro-communist song and use a downed U.S. B-52 bomber aircraft in the city as a prop.
“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,” said Keoghan, reading from a statement.
There’s only one problem with your apology CBS. You never apologized. There’s a very simple concept in play when it comes to apologies. You must have remorse for your actions, for what you did. Merely stating that you apologize if someone was offended simply means it sucks to be you. Nowhere did CBS ever say “we were wrong” or “we shouldn’t have ever aired the episode”. They only pointed out that some viewers were offended and they feel bad about that, but not that what they did was the cause to begin with.
Very similar to the criminal that gets caught. They feel badly that they got caught but not that they committed the crime. Should they be called the Communist Broadcasting System?