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'Kill everyone in China': Outrage over comment during Jimmy Kimmel skit

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel has angered Americans with a skit that many did not find funny

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 23 October, 2013, 10:21am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 23 October, 2013, 12:48pm

Comedian Jimmy Kimmel has drawn ire from offended Asian Americans for a skit on his late-night talk show which jokingly suggested that Americans should deal with their debt crisis by “killing everyone in China.”

The clip in question, aired on the United States’ ABC Network on 16 October, featured a critique of the recent US government shutdown. In it, Kimmel and a group of children preside over a discussion panel titled “Kid’s Table” and spark a satirical debate over how the US should deal with the government shutdown and the debt owed to China.

Video: Jimmy Kimmel's show stirs controversy with comment about killing Chinese

One of the children’s comments that the US should “kill everyone in China” produced controversy, and critics have taken to Youtube and created a White House petition boycotting Kimmel’s decision to air the comment on his show.

“I was very disturbed by Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Kids Table’ show,” the White House petition reads. “It was aired on ABC recently and talked about killing all the Chinese so that the States do not need to pay back their debts to China. The kids might not know anything better. However, Jimmy Kimmel and ABC’s management are adults. They had a choice not to air this racist program, which promotes racial hatred. The program is totally unacceptable and it must be cut. A sincere apology must be issued. It is extremely distasteful and this is the same rhetoric used in Nazi Germany against Jewish people. Please immediately cut the show and issue a formal apology.”

To date, the petition has received more than 14,000 signatures, and Asian American bloggers and online magazines have echoed its criticisms.

“When Jimmy Kimmel asked the kids about what to do with the $1.3 trillion US debt to China, one boy replied: ‘Kill everyone in China,’” wrote David Li of Bostonese, an online journal servicing Boston’s Chinese community. “Jimmy Kimmel commented ‘that’s an interesting idea,’ and went on to discuss more about this idea as if there was nothing wrong with it.

“The editors and managers of ABC must have felt the same way, and aired these racist and genocidal discussions on air… Mr. Kimmel, this is not funny at all. You have missed a great opportunity to teach the boy a lesson when the senseless remarks were made.”

Not all viewers of the parody found it objectionable. While many Youtube commentators pointed out that the skit was in bad taste, others called it “hilarious” and pointed out that it had been meant as satire.

“If you feel threatened by a 5-year-old’s comments then you need to question your moral high ground,” one Youtube poster wrote. “I'm not American, [but] all this carries is entertainment value. I don't think it warrants this reaction. This kid meant no harm.”

ABC and Kimmel have yet to respond to the complaints.

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KwunTongBypass
Why don't we just offset the US borrowings against money the Chinese Government(s) borrowed between 1913 and 1942 - and never paid back! With interest.
sipsip1238
So we laugh when they make fun of how stupid Americans are and the stupid things they often do. And then we are outraged by comments by a child who probably doesn't know what the hell he is saying anyway?
If you read between the lines, isn't this just another joke about how ignorant Americans are both their adults and the children they have?
LunarRepublic
It was a five year old on a comedy talk show. Learn to take a joke, people.
suagri@yahoo.com
It is in th gene, in the blood, after a bit of bad education, racist gangs, a few skits like this...what do you get? WWIII!
jayb
chinese children don't have to say that. americans are already paranoid with the chinese. this is why they have all these "pivots" around china.
joyoung
The skit doesn't really bother me but the reaction to the outcry does. I can guarantee you that if the question was "how would you eliminate crime in America?" and the kid answered "kill all <blank> Americans" (yeah, fill in the blank), that segment of the population would be frothing at the mouth. There may even be riots and looting.

Most people (non-Americans, especially) don't understand that in mainstream America, "racism" only involves blacks, whites, and Mexicans. When it comes to c.hinks in armor, Chinese food, and Jackie Chan, it's simply good fun and you're a hater if you don't laugh along with everyone else.
suagri@yahoo.com
If racist jokes starts at 5 y.o., there must be something wrong in the educational system! So granny bashing and animal killing should be OK if a 5 y.o. says it as a joke! And you will find the idea interesting! I think you are a racist, fascist! I asked my son who is 3 y.o. what we should do to fascist, he said " find the man and stone him!"
suagri@yahoo.com
When kids at 12 start shooting your children, you won't find it funny!
fearonjones
How anyone could find this offensive is beyond me... even the kids know it's a joke. So kids understand satire and some adults don't. Political correctness gone mad.
jaswinderpalsngh@yahoo.com
satire in your a$se. the question is why was this aired at first place? Or the host should have educated the kid on not talking evil. But nah, ratings are apparently more apparent in stupid America than teaching sanity to kids. Oh boy, the American dream is history, they all flock to Asia begging for finance.

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