Does anyone here keep up with The Amazing Race? I’ve just been completely wigged out by the casual showing of partner-on-partner abuse, including assault and battery.
No one on the show said a word or attempted to intervene. Just expected “rougher than usual handling”, I suppose? Justified in the pursuit of a million dollars? Only a hysterical chick having a panic attack – they need a bit of force for their own good?
**WARNING, and spoiler for 15×05.**
Summary of the video:
Mika and Canaan are in second last place. To finish, they have to take the “Leap of Faith” in Dubai (a large, steep water slide), then footrace the Harlem Globetrotter team to a Pit Stop.
Mika has an intense phobia of heights. She starts to have a panic attack. Canaan, her partner, gets up in her face and shouts at her. He calls her a “complete moron”. He attempts to grab her hand and drag her to the slide, while she shouts “No!” and “Don’t touch me!”
Closer to the slide, he grabs her and picks her up against her will, apparently attempting to throw her down the slide. She is panicking, and sobbing, and screams “Help me!” repeatedly when he grabs her. An attendant is clearly seen standing only a couple of metres from them, impassive, while this happens.
Later again, she is sitting at the top of the slide. He sits behind her, against her protests, and attempts to pry her fingers off the grab bar so he can force her down.
The Globetrotter team then come along and start taunting Mika, telling her “don’t do it” and “don’t hurt yourself”, so they can get ahead in the race. Canaan tells them that that wasn’t cool, and calls Big Easy “a piece of crap”.
The bystanders and crew watched this calmly without anyone stepping in, and nothing was said at the end of the race, and they sent it to air without so much as a “hey, this isn’t cool”, or a warning to viewers, or an “If this is happening to you, this is where you can get help”.
Eventually Canaan goes down the slide, and Mika decides not to do it, and walks back down, saying to the camera, “He’s going to hate me”. They are eliminated from the race.
This video demonstrates to women, in absolute clarity, the fact that a man can be perfectly free to assault you in full daylight, with plenty of people around, on camera, while you scream “help me”, and no one will do anything.
Here’s the video.