Some people have asked why we haven’t been as visibly affectionate as other couples on the race. Of the 5 legs shown thus far, 4 have been in Muslim countries; and homosexuality is illegal in every country we’d visited or passed through. Since we are guests in these countries (and accidentally whacking folks with bamboo sticks to boot!) we chose to not embrace or kiss for practical and respectful reasons. We were literally relying on the kindness of strangers and cab drivers, and challenging their beliefs would not have been strategically smart nor neighborly.
To be completely fair, perhaps many of the great people we met along the way wouldn’t have had any issues with our relationship, but unfortunately we didn’t have the time to get to know them better personally. We are grateful that the producers of the show made all of the racers aware of the cultural backgrounds and differences of the countries we were heading into. Not only did it help us keep safe, but it made all of us better representatives of the U.S. In addition to all of their Emmys, The Amazing Race producers should receive a medal from the State Department for collectively being the best diplomats and ambassadors this country has.
In this behind-the-scenes video, Brent explains what happened at Bangladesh’s scale challenge, and at the end you can see how we shared our own secret “Muslim Country Kisses.”