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The Fabulous Beekman Boys explain why they are not showing affection on “The Amazing Race”

On Sunday night’s episode of The Amazing Race on CBS, life partners Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge barely managed to stave off elimination from the reality show competition.

The couple, better known as The Fabulous Beekman Boys because they have their own reality show about life on their farm in upstate New York, took to Facebook Monday to address why they have not been as visibly affectionate as some of the other couples in the race.

‘Of the five legs shown thus far, four have been in Muslim countries and homosexuality is illegal in every country we’d visited or passed through,’ they explained. ‘Since we are guests in these countries, 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,’ they added. ‘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.’

The Amazing Race, now in its 21st season, teams of two people, who have some form of a preexisting personal relationship, racing around the world with other teams. Teams are progressively eliminated until three are left. The team that arrives first in the final leg is awarded the grand prize of $1 million.

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  1. Yes, I noticed certain restrain. Once they went as far as be far lest affectionate that a couple of straight friends. But I guess they are coached beforehand by the produced of the show, it would be unprofessional and risky if the show didn’t get sure the participants know about the legal and cultural differences in each country.
    Curiously enough, man to man display of affection –affection, not sex- is far less strange in those countries, where it doesn’t mean anything else than friendship and fraternity, than it is in the U.S.A.; but I guess someone absolutely ignorant of cultural subtleties and limits could interpret it as a free pass to show open gay love.
    The astounding poverty we see in some of those countries is a guaranty of atavism, as the population barely lives in a different way from their ancestors, so I guess we can’t expect the same level of knowledge we have in sexual matters as we can afford around here.

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