tsunami-related disclaimer precedes Sri Lanka-set episode of The Amazing Race 6.

tsunami-related disclaimer precedes Sri Lanka-set episode of The Amazing Race 6.
Watching soaking-wet teams check in to the Amazing Race 6 pit stop in Sri Lanka might have horrified some viewers. Teams had to swim the length of a pool before checking in at the pit stop; that normally would have made for an interesting roadblock, but instead just left them wet while being welcomed to a country that was recently ravaged by a tsunami. A Phil-narrated disclaimer, however, preceded the episode:

The following episode of The Amazing Race was filmed in Sri Lanka several weeks before a deadly tsunami struck the country. We dedicate this episode to the memory of the thousands of people who lost their lives in this terrible tragedy, and to our courageous friends and co-workers in the region who are coping with its aftermath.

The episode was followed with Phil letting us know that we could go to cbs.com to find out how to help with relief efforts. That leaves us wondering only how many minutes of footage the editors had to chop out of the episode because it featured Kendra horrifyingly and ignorantly belittling the area’s people and the region they call home.
+ also: Lori and Bolo eliminated from the race.

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