A petition in the US demanding the cancellation of a popular television show has reached the necessary quorum to force a response from the White House.
More than 101,000 people have signed the petition calling for the cancellation of ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! after a segment featured six-year-old children suggesting “everyone in China” should be killed as a way to deal with US treasure debt.
China is the biggest holder of US treasure bonds, with debt amounting to US$12.7 billion or US$4,040 for every US citizen, according to US Treasury data in August.
The late-night show triggered protests outside ABC’s headquarters, where angry Chinese-Americans held placards likening the 45-year-old comedian to Adolf Hitler. On Thursday, another group of around 400 mostly ethnic Chinese demonstrated outside his office, according to CCTV. Both ABC and Kimmel apologised repeatedly for the segment.
The White House petition will be the third related to China to receive a response, and the second to reach the quorum of 100,000 signatories, which obliges the US executive to reply. It reached the threshold about two weeks ahead of a one-month deadline set by the White House.
The first China-related petition to reach the threshold in May demanding the extradition of a murder suspect to China has yet to receive a response.
An earlier petition on making Lunar New Year a national holiday, which collected almost 40,000 signatories, and another to increase processing capacity for non-immigrant visas, which gathered less than 9,000, received replies.
The petition was initiated by a person with the initials CZ living in Cedar Park, in central Texas.
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