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Chinese Americans protest across US over Jimmy Kimmel's 'kill Chinese' skit

PUBLISHED : Monday, 11 November, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 11 November, 2013, 7:04pm

Thousands of protesters, mostly Chinese, rallied in 27 US cities over a perceived anti-Chinese skit that aired last month in a talk show hosted by comedian Jimmy Kimmel.

Chinese state media reported that protests swept across the United States on Saturday. One was staged at the Los Angeles headquarters of broadcaster ABC, which aired the programme. Participants argued that ABC and Kimmel had not taken full responsibility for what they perceived as an insult to their heritage.

The protesters called for Kimmel to be fired over a segment of his talk show called "Kids' Table" that aired on October 16. Both ABC and Kimmel have since apologised for the episode, in which a six-year-old boy said "kill everyone in China" when asked by Kimmel how the US should pay back the country's US$1.3 trillion debt to China. Kimmel responded: "That's an interesting idea."

However, Chinese-American groups were not impressed. While some accepted the apologies that were offered after the subsequent uproar, others viewed them as insincere and demanded more. Charles Lu, chairman of the Roundtable of Chinese American Organisations, told the Los Angeles Times last week that they wanted a formal apology from ABC not just to the groups protesting, but to all Chinese people around the world.

Online pictures of Saturday's protests showed demonstrators, including college students, parents and children, dressed in red T-shirts with logos reading "Teach kids to love, not to kill", and chanting slogans such as "Kimmel must go" and "Shame on you, ABC".

Protest organisers distributed free posters to demonstrators. One featured Kimmel with a swastika just above his head.

"The protest plays an important role in improving our prestige and national cohesiveness," a Chinese demonstrator in New Jersey said on internet chat room Mitbbs. "The parade is intended to raise the social status of Chinese Americans in the US."

The segment also prompted the submission of a petition to the White House to investigate the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show on the grounds of offensive content. The petition garnered more than 100,000 signatures.

Xinhua said 800 people attended a rally in Washington, where a letter of protest to ABC was read out. The letter urged the broadcaster to fire Kimmel and hold a press conference to officially apologise to Chinese communities. It called on ABC to make sure that such "rhetoric of racial discrimination" was prevented by stepping up regulation of its televised content.

No one from ABC attended the event in Washington to accept the protest letter, reports said. Police were mobilised to maintain order, but the day ended without incident.

The demonstrations are believed to have been the largest held by the Chinese community in the US since those just before the Beijing Olympics in 2008 in response to CNN commentator Jack Cafferty labelling Chinese leaders "goons" and "thugs".

Video: Animators in China to Jimmy Kimmel: Why you shouldn't 'Kill the Chinese'


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lol, please use an accredited source. Dont humiliate the US, which emphasizes citation & proofs.
So what's your point? Stay on topic. Don't get confused.
Reported last week China would target major cities on US West Coast.
which chinese media writing about nuking midwest? like to verify your source before i buy your argument.
speaking as an american, we are certainly not more popular than the chinese around the world (one can say we are less popular than the chinese especially in middle east, asia and africa). as such, i am not sure it is important to be popular worldwide. at the end of the day, it's all about $$$$.
You appear to think airing and supporting pro-genocide statements is ever acceptable.
you are wrong, most protestors are americans with chinese heritage, and interestingly, white people said asians have the highest IQ, which means asians are most wise people in the world. if you don't know anything, please don't act like you are the expert of it.
yeap, i heard that many of them are students from mainland.
Who is U.S.? What is U.S.? U.S. is made of european immigrants, african immigrants, spanish latino immigrants, jewish arabian immigrants, asian immigrants including chinese immigrants, etc. It's an immigrant country. What are you talking about? You sound like U.S. has to belong to Euro white people who acturally robbed the land from the native amercians who you call indians.
if the one you make fun of is not offended, it is a joke, if the one you make fun of is p-i-s-s-e-d, it is not a joke, it all depends on what the joke is about and who you make fun of to. you can not call a black n-ig-ger, but you will be fine if you say the same word to a tan-skinned white.
Samuel Stone
The White House has written a reponse -- a letter in which Obama offers to help heal the nation's "hurt feewings" ****dandygoat.com/nations-feewings-hurt-by-lil-jimmy-kimmel-daddy-gonna-make-it-all-better-okay
Do you not believe in a zero-tolerance policy against both hate statements and airing pro-genocide remarks on television?



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