Last edited by redsox girl; 03-18-2013 at 07:54 PM.
This is the first time that I am not rooting for anyone to win. Everyone is just so-so and for me no one really stands out. I think I just enjoy the scenery more because I am not focused on how my favorite players are doing in a task.
I fell for the father and son and I could tell how much they loved and respected each other. I think that bond is very special and they set a great example for what in life is truly important.
But they've been to Vietnam before (seasons 3, 10 and 15)....I don't see why Vietnam would require the show now to air "propaganda" when they didn't before. I don't think the leg was set up to offend -or propagandize -anyone. If they limited countries visited to only those with positive historical relationships with the US it would limit the show so much, I think.
If you type "google" into google you can break the internet.
CCL - my point is there have been many locations where they have been which are Communist/Socialist/other rules than republic. And there are plenty of histories in each of them that don't need to rely on a previous war nor their politics.
And in two of the cases I recall - Hiroshima and Auschwitz - they did a REFLECTION of what happened there. Out of those two - Hiroshima was US attacking Japan with a nuclear bomb which killed many people. It ended the war but at a great cost of life of all kinds. Auschwitz too was Germany attacking its own people simply because they weren't Aryan. And there are some who blame US for the amount of deaths in those concentration/extermination camps because we ignored the few who managed to escape and give us the information.
But they still stayed and remembered and learned. Here - they just went to the stop, decided if they wanted to U-Turn people and were told to go to a pit stop. They didn't pause and reflect there - so it was almost an insult to injury so to speak.
Vietnam - like the Korean conflict and the wars after Vietnam - are to this day very controversial and the effects from ending those wars are still felt today. With SO MANY things that people can focus on that are not political anywhere, I can see why people are a bit offended here and wonder if in this particular case - ESPECIALLY now that I know about the teams visiting Hanoi Hilton, Vietnam demanded a balance to the "old South Vietnam propaganda" when the US showed the POW camp.
I do see your point, but I can see how the song and stage show with obvious symbols will bother some veterans. Even my father would have said something if he were still with us: he was in ROTC in college, and had a high enough number that he could've easily been called into the draft. That said - even just being in ROTC, NEVER going overseas, could get you called a "baby killer."
I will say this much - this topic on the episode has had people talk. Maybe it was a good thing because it's making people look at our past - which given our current lives, we need to see.
Last edited by redsox girl; 03-20-2013 at 12:46 AM.
^^ except to make it where the page isn't found. I think they got a bit more flak than they're liking.