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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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An apology from ABC has been made which should cool the Chinese.
Its rather intriguing if ones see's the other side of the Chinese
1) Given the opportunity they will be the first to emigrate to USA, as seen from recent emigration of 150,000 rich and well do families . USA is the no 1 destination
2) The largest visa lines can be seen at the US embassy in China. Students make a beeline to
the US Universities
3) Chinese love US music, movies & television, McDonald, KFC, Pizza Hut
4) They love the American life style and the Chinese women will do anything to get a white
American husband or a US visa
5) They will spend any amount of money to buy US property and have a US Green card
Why then such a hoola boo to Jimmy's comic show. No one is killing Chinese anyways.Why the double standard ??
If such a show was aired in China and the Chinese kid on the show said ' Kill all Americans' I very much doubt the Americans would react in the same way as all Chinese have.There are so many shows on TV where kids are asked to comment on many issues and their comments are not only hilarious but most of the time have an air of childish innocence. A comedy show is for entertainment ( at the expense of others) any comment coming from a child should be discounted as childish innocence and not taken seriously.
I'm no great expert on skit interpretation but...it seems like the whole idea of the skit is to ridicule the "solutions" put out by the children. For one, they're all quite terrible ideas. Don't pay them back? They won't lend you money. Kill us (yes, I'm Chinese) all? ...Yeah. That's why this segment was aired on a comedy show, in a comedic skit, and presented by children. Everyone making comments on if he chose another group, say the Jewish, would make the entire skit's premise irrelevant. The skit is comedic take on solutions to improve the US' debt standings. The largest holder of US debt by a foreign power is China. Not the Jewish. Not Mexico. Not *insert some group of people here*. It's like saying "Hey, let's solve world hunger. Let's draw some banana's," it's a bit odd. The comment by the 6 year old (or something like that) is meant to be taken lightly. That's probably why the producers chose a 6-something to present it.
Any reasonable person would consider this talk show is disgusting. But I am just wondering why Mr. Kimmel wanted to promote to our children the idea of killing the lender to get away with debt by commenting, "that's an interesting idea". The funny thing is that ABC news aired it.
Is that the type of education Americans desperately need for the kids? Is that the American way to let the kids speak out their parents’ minds? If the Chinese react to it, someone is going to say “this kid meant no harm. All this carries is entertainment value”. Right, let the kids be the shield while adults look for hideouts.
Why we should kill ALL the Chinese to solve our own problem? Is Mr. Kimmel suggesting we should deal with the Chinese as Hitler dealt with the Jews in the World War II? I guess the Chinese in the eyes of Mr. Kimmel and ABC news are just easy picks.
The last, are Mr. Kimmel and the management in ABC doing the right job? Yes, they wanted that way. No, that is a wrong way. Shame on them!
I want to have a sense of humor, but just cannot. There should be joint petition to white house on child abuse by ABC and Jimmy in addition to China part:
These four innocent kids were manipulated to shout out the evil thoughts then being aired to the whole world (asking why so many senseless shooting). I am sure ABC is protected by some sort of smart contract/deal so nobody can sue them. But I am calling the parents and relatives of these four kids to stand up for your kids, they are the ultimate victims. We don't allow children to be part of pornography, airing them in such a disgusting show is just as bad. There has to be some new laws to mandate media to take better approach to protect our children, instead of using them to get attention. Those big children right organizations, where are you? Stand up and speak out!
This was a harmless child's comment and one thing people should have is a sense of humour.
Jimmy Kimmel is a complete imbecile. You would think he has the sense to minimise the outrage on the Braxton comment and move on, but he actually asks the kids subsequently: "so should we allow the Chinese live?" What is this moron and ABC thinking? Failed parenting is a comment some other readers made. I would think it has already happened to the kids' and Kimmel's generation.
The kid meant no harm, but the adults should have known better what to do with this situation. Did the host talk down the idea, or explained how wrong that was? Why did the station still let this be broadcast? Did it support the idea? People who complain that Chinese people are over-reacting might consider the feelings if the kid had said 'Kill all the Hispanics', or 'Kill all the Jews'. Would the station still have let the show be aired?
I think it is a scheme. I didn't know what is "debt " when I was 5 years old. And in the show no one answer just pay the bill. Thinking straightly like normal kids, that is intriguing.



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