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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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ejmciii
Nowhere near as bad there as in China, Chao, or HK for that matter, boy.
Camel
Sure, you are the example.
babyhenry
The kid simply learned from the best in Washington - if you got a problem with anothers, well just kill them (all if possible). Now you know why gun violence is never ending in the US.
daniel.pan.71
I do not think the show should apologise, in the video, the adult, Jimmy Kimmel, did not make any "this is wrong" statement because it is the parents job to teach that, the kid said it, and therefore we should not make them apologise, but set this as an example of terrible parenting in the American society.The Jimmy Kimmel show has only shone light into such atrocious things, and is it now their fault to say sorry for showing the truth? No! They should not be forced to apologise and let this be a show of hands, for the monumental failure that is parenting in America. (just my opinion)
Chongyu  Zhong
Mad dogs! A child can say killed 1400000000 people! Even human nature are lost, also hypocritically talk should not apologize, your mind is **** kicked! The United States has been able to flourish today is really a big miracle!
subwayeast
As we all know, there is a "joke exemption list" in American media, including African American, Jweish American and so on. Obviously Chinese is not on that list. That's the problem. Why you treat us in a more indecent way than you treat black people? Put us on the LIST! That's what Chinese people want.
newyorkgirl
In order to combat racism in the US, repercussions must be fore known and felt throughout the government. It has always been and will always be the cohesive power of the voting group in the US that makes politicians sweat and worry the night away. The Jewish lobby as well as the NAACP can exert enormous pressure on the federal, state and local levels of government by the enormous number of voters in their organizations that will ALL show up and cast the same vote in any given election upon receiving the call from their leaders.
The Asian community is slowly awakening to this immense power-cohesion is the key.
oasis
But there's the Italians, French, Germans, Canadians, ... long list of people who also aren't on the list. Would like to think we don't need special treatment. Anyhow its not "kill all Chinese"
newyorkgirl
As I've been told on many occasions, Chinese are very easily identifiable thus hurling the correct racist comment is "as easy as pie".
subwayeast
Italians, French, Germans, Canadians...are all [delete]"White people"[/delete] "Caucasian", for whom a mild joke is nothing but fun. Yes, call me race stereotype, but I got this idea totally from life in U.S.

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