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ABC apologises for ‘kill everyone in China’ comment on Jimmy Kimmel show

PUBLISHED : Monday, 28 October, 2013, 1:01pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 31 October, 2013, 10:22am

US television network ABC has issued a formal apology for allowing the comment “Kill everyone in China” to air on its late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live, which has provoked outrage from Chinese communities around the world.

“We offer our sincere apology,” read a statement from ABC obtained by South China Morning Post on Saturday. “We would never purposefully broadcast anything to upset the Chinese community, Asian community, anyone of Chinese descent or any community at large...our objective is to entertain.”

The statement, signed by Lisa Berger, ABC Entertainment’s executive vice president who oversees the Jimmy Kimmel Live show, and Tim McNeal, vice president of ABC’s talent development and diversity branch, added that ABC had removed the controversial comment from all media platforms and would edit the comment out of any future airing of the show.

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

This is the first known apology the television network has issued over the controversial skit originally aired on the “Kid’s Table” segment of Kimmel’s late-night talk show on October 16. It showed a young boy who suggested that the US should resolve its debt crisis by “killing everyone in China.”

Cyberspace-based organisation 80-20 Initiative in US that promotes equal opportunities for Asian Americans said the apology was a result of its "hard negotiations". 

S.B.Woo, the organisation's chairman and of Hong Kong-origin, told the Post by telephone that he immediately lodged a protest with the television network as soon as he found out that the Jimmy Kimmel Live programme was actually not live.

“Otherwise, personally I do not think it is a big deal – because kids say the darnedest things,” said Woo. “However, allowing it to air shows ABC’s grievous lack of judgment.” He added the programme would not dare to air a similar comment aimed at black or Jewish people.

“Personally I don’t consider [the apology] a victory at all,” he said.

Woo added that the incident only reflected that Asian-American communities were not doing enough to have their voices heard in American society and he urged them to unite in the face of similar situations in the future. If they had done so in this case, “the outcome of this incident would have been even more satisfactory,” he said.

Video: Jimmy Kimmel Apologizes for 'Kill everyone in China' remark

 

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cheeky
I am not surprised he would use Chinese and anything Chinese as the butt of a joke. This is how much respect Chinese people get in the US and other Western countries.
But I am surprised at how many Chinese people continue to allow themselves, willingly, to be bullied and slaved by white people.
Wake up Chinese people, we can complain about the Communists all day but they are the ones who gave Chinese some self-respect by building up China to what it is today.
johnsonwkchoi
As Chinese American, we are getting use to the Chinese Bashing by our President, Vice President, Secretary of State, East West Center, lots of so call NGO funded by military/defense contractors and a large number of elected officials (primary White) almost on a daily basis. A lot of bad things happening in America, all of the above blame it to the Chinese. Before Edward Snowden, American blame China on spying on everyone including her citizens. Now Washington DC shut up because we are much worst than China - we spy on our friends and allies. Walt Disney/ABC Television want to push the envelope further to allow the 6 years old kids to suggest genocide as a way not to pay the 1.3 trillions debt owed to China. It really make any civilize people feel sick to the stomach.
johnsonwkchoi
I do not think the Disney executive is either smart or dumb, just lack sensitive cross-cultural training. Every culture handles jokes differently. What work in America may not work in China or vice Vera. America is NOT a close country. Whatever said here expect to be heard elsewhere. In this situation, there are 4,000,000 Chinese currently living in America. I have to admit a certain percentage of American Chinese grew up eating hamburger and lost their roots. But there are still many Chinese understood the racism is alive and well in America. American law does not allow open discrimination. So they attack using a different angle like China took American job as the basis to attack Chinese in America and China. After 911, American get even more smarter by hiding behind Homeland Security and NSA to use China's rise as an excuse that Chinese cannot be trusted. American is smart. If they know certain acts is illegal, legalize it. Pay to play in America by legalizing corruption is a good way to do wrong right. In America, if you are NOT White and if you are NOT White and Female...the glass ceiling is there. Many of us have accepted that as the price to pay to live in America...the silent well crafted discrimination at all levels.
dleung18
he anchor said " It is an interesting idea". It's not a live show. It's a pre-edited, recorded show. It's intended. It's broadcasted as intended. Any apology is not accepted.
bimmer.bacardi
To be fair, Chinese are not particularly upset about the kid making such an offensive comment. They are upset mostly because it's not a live broadcast. Jimmy and ABC had plenty of time to decide not to air such show, just like ABC would not air a show talking about killing all Jews or blacks. On top of that, Jimmy even dared to arrogantly ask "Shall we allow the Chinese to live?" They are not blaming the kid, they are blaming Jimmy and ABC. ABC and Jimmy's apologies were also less than sincere. If you don't think you did anything wrong, don't apologize. Don't sound like it was an accident, and certainly don't sound like you were misunderstood, and in fact, blaming others for not being able to understand you correctly. Racism is not a joke and not acceptable even in our free-speech society. Get it?
oregon222
The kid is just saying what millions of Yanks and other whites are saying. It's a good thing. It will make the Chinese realise how many westerners hate them - so they can stop their whiteworshipping (women especially) and adjust their responses accordingly.
oregon222
The kid is just saying what millions of Yanks and other whites are saying. It's a good thing. It will make the Chinese realise how many westerners hate them - so they can stop their whiteworshipping (women especially) and adjust their responses accordingly.
globenet
Too Little too Late...
He instigated it and keep the kids going....
Don't play dum....it is obvious what the Americans are up to...
Just look a little closer, the Americans and British have been undermining the stability and safety of HK....read the Standard today, Pg 1.
Pure acts of aggression against Asians....Except for the Aquinos who's just another puppet of the U.s.....
ben.arrowood.02
This is why Jimmy Kimmel is in last place in the 11:35 PM over the air broadcast network TV late night ratings. Moving him to 11:35 PM from 12:35 AM did not help him and this is why. I think that Jimmy Kimmel needs to apologize on camera, and not one of those faux-apologies like the ones given on ABC's The View over the last few years, where they read an apology statement off of either a piece of paper, cards being held up by a stage assistant, or the teleprompter. Those faux-apologies usually result in famed attorney Gloria Allred holding a press conference and then suing Disney-ABC. It's Jimmy Kimmel's show, he has to have the right to say "I'm not going ahead with this. I won't read this joke and try to turn these kids into a bunch of anti-Chinese racist wannabe mass killers." I am glad that I am sticking with Jay Leno until the end of his run in 2014.
dleung18
The biggest problem of America is racial problem. This is the main stream to issue racial profiling. I wonder FCC officials have the courage to fine those improper ethics. If the American Government officials do nothing, then it seems like it is approved by all the American people. Hate is issued by American, not Chinese.

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