• Wed
  • Oct 29, 2014
  • Updated: 8:24am
NewsChina Insider

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



For unlimited access to:

SCMP.com SCMP Tablet Edition SCMP Mobile Edition 10-year news archive



This article is now closed to comments

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?
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.
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.
Jack from china
This is not a chat under the table. A lot of people said I hate this black guy or I want to kill my boss or whatever people want to say.
This is a public media. This is the message that is broadcast.
Did Chinese people kill someone because of skin color? Did some racist in US kill someone because of skin color ? At least I know black people and Asian people died because of this hate.
It is amazing to watch how skillful some Chinese to exaggerate a kid joke to a nationwide political hatred.
It's no secret too. All authoritarian regimes need a lot of hatred in order to maintain their rule. For decades over one billion Chinese people have been immersed in a strong political hatred environment. China, along with North Korea, are the most political hatred countries in this world.
Anyone who understands Chinese can easily see many vicious comments everyday in China's online forums or Weibo (Chinese version of Twitter). Such as "Kill all Japanese", "Death to Americans!", "Eliminate India!", "Kill all the Uighurs", "Kill Vietnam monkeys" , "HEPING Taiwan/Japan!" (Raze Taiwan/Japan using nuclear bombs), "Rape the Filipino maids to death!", and so on. The commentators are all adults, and many of them are the government carders.
According to the official data Chinese government hire several million "network commentators", "public opinion analytics" to "guide the public opinion". Inciting hatred is one of their major tasks.
Now, all the sudden, they are "deeply, deeply disturbed" by a kid in a joking program. See how swiftly they changed to a bunch of innocent babies? Unfortunately, that doesn't mean that they are going to abandon their thoughtful adult hatred, only to enhance it.
It is amazing that you compare individual against a broadcasting company
Jimmy Kimmel 問4個孩子“我們應不應該讓中國人活下去”,這是那個6歲孩子說「殺光中國人」之後的問題。Jimmy Kimmel 跟進的問題是最糟糕的,比「殺光中國人」的答案更壞。 Jimmy Kimmel asked the 4 kids "Should we let the Chinese to live"? That was the follow up question after the 6 years old kid said "KILL EVERYONE IN CHINA". Jimmy Kimmel's follow up question was much worst than the "Kill All Chinese" answer. He was looking for a thumb up or thumb down like the old Roman Empire to KILL all the Chinese.
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.
Americans and Brits news on SCMP as well...
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.....
This incident is indicative of the violent nature of the American culture. Personally, I think the Americans will start killing each other (in a race war) before they can 'kill everyone in China'. As far as a network television is concerned, airing such offensive comments (albeit made by a kid) when the show is actually not live demonstrates a lack of sensitivity and decency, to say the least.
Big Media is Big Business, and Mr. Woo's comment is spot-on. Lisa Berger and Tim McNeal's "apology" has a sort of middle-finger layer to it - " ... we're here to entertain." Like get over yourself, we're just entertainers and stop bothering us. Maybe ABC can get over itself when viewers move and advertising dollars shrink. As I said, this is Big Business. If the dollars don't move, Asian-Americans can forget about influencing society.
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.
lol "It's an interesting idea" just made me laugh.
This video has been recorded and edited and those improper words are still there. What can we say about this hm...... It shows IQ and it shows racism. Not from that innocent kid but from the society.
Killing Chinese? Did your mom tell you that or did your blood hint you to do that? Interesting?It can't be more ridiculous.
The irony is Chinese-American's can protest this (children, mind you, on a silly show), but try protesting in China. Also, if people want to be outraged be outraged about the millions Mao actually slaughtered.
The joke everyone is missing is the absurdity of what the kids said. Being "outraged" is en vogue. Be "outraged" about actual human rights violations happening right now in China, not some stupid show.
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.
we have to get to their advertisers, this comment was uncalled for and he seemed to condone it with his follow up question of so, you think we ought to kill everyone in China. The only way to make him or the show suffer for this outrage is to get to ABC and its advertisers. As an Asian American I am highly insulted. Trust me Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would have been all over this had this been another nationality.
Apology or not.It's unacceptable.Stop Chinese bashing.
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.
Or just maybe the joke (obviously you didn't get it) is that what the kids are saying is so absurd, it's laughable. Do you honestly believe this is some conspiracy that Disney executives sat around and said "let's have kids say 'kill all the Chinese' and that's funny"? You can't possibly believe that given the public relations blow back from overreacting "outrage" queens.
I seem to forget the being "outraged" at comedy is now a fun little sport everyone loves now.
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.
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.
Walt Disney/ABC Television Show "Kill ALL Chinese" Apology NOT Acceptable - It apologize to 1 person and NOT the Chinese Community 脫口秀主持笑讚「殺光中國人」童言ABC只函80-20吳仙標道歉 針對美國廣播公司ABC的脫口秀節目吉米克梅爾秀(Jimmy Kimmel Live)中,小朋友發表的「殺光所有中國人」的驚人言論,美國廣播公司向亞裔政治組織?80-20 促進會(80-20 Political Action Committee)發表道歉信,表示無意對華裔社區造成傷害,並承諾將盡可能的降低影片的傳播範圍。部分社區人士認為,ABC的道歉不夠公開,顯示其誠意不足,華人社區難以接受。本月17日的吉米克梅爾秀邀請了4個小朋友進行「兒童圓桌會議」,針對美國政府如何償還欠中國的高額債務,一位小朋友語出驚人,表示「跑到世界的另一頭,將所有中國人都殺掉。」對此驚人言論,主持人克梅爾表示「這是個有趣的點子。」而沒有任何糾正。
New fascism, isn't it. It is outrageous!
This stupid white trash Broadcaster of late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live, must be fired and never works again.
The Chinese are too soft, apology is not enough here
The blacks will probably hang him by now.
Boycott ABC and the sponsors of his show.
Protest in his home.
Shun his family and kids
I apologize that I don't have enough sacrificed time to lead the boycott.
Somebody ought to do a website and the call to action through the social media.
The broadcaster's name is .... Entertainment.
The more controversial = the more audience
Not necessarily. I don't watch kiddie shows, and am unlikely to catch up on the sequels.


SCMP.com Account