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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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caractacus
Is an over-reaction by hyper-sensitive Chinese news?
suagri@yahoo.com
Come on, Chinese Government is mild, they might think it is funny and go along with the joke! If the Chinese Government has as much guts as Iranian or North Koreans, hell will break loose! The world is one big joke anyway! Making comments is just a way to blow the joke even bigger out of proportion! All this reminds me of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", we are just a bunch of experiments outside the cage!
jmscscmp
The Chinese government will probably bring out an editorial on this in a few days...I can see it now...the party declares that American television presenters need to watch their mouths and keep their faces out of international issues!!
ajsfca
Some people cannot or do not get and/or appreciate the humor. It appears that the white house does not want people to get and/or appreciate the humor. The white house letter talking points appear to be a red herring and race-baiting intended to distract attention from the reality and enormity of the U.S. indebtedness to the Chinese and the irony that that debt burden is being placed on it's children.
suagri@yahoo.com
That is another story. U.S. has been playing the game for many years (30, 40 years) now. Forget about Adam Smith! It is a totally different game. Keep on borrowing to make a country strong is the name of the game, EU has been trying, but not working out that well. U.S. has everybody by their Bxlls, lend US Government (Government) money otherwise......end of the world financial structure....need of peace! Who dires to say no! The childrens are right, U.S. is not going to pay the Chinese or anybody, lend US money and they will pay you with your own money! Capitalism at the best! What is wealth? It is the amount of credit you can get and not the amount of money you have. US doesn't even need to rob you like the old days, they just keep on issueing bills and bonds. The SHUTDOWN is just the bankers argueing about the split of the booty!!
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.
suagri@yahoo.com
That you have to ask Taiwan if they agree!
KwunTongBypass
though there was only one China...
suagri@yahoo.com
True, but when it comes to money...but if Taiwan agrees to unity, the PRC might think about it! To buy it for US$1,000Billion.
James.Chu.Sky
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