Chinese community rallies against Jimmy Kimmel for 'kill everyone in China' comment

Protesters include mainland netizens and Chinese Americans from over 37 states

PUBLISHED : Friday, 25 October, 2013, 9:35pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 26 October, 2013, 1:00pm

Overseas Chinese communities and domestic Chinese citizens alike have rallied together against US comedian Jimmy Kimmel and television network ABC for a late night talk show skit that suggested Americans “kill everyone in China”.

The skit, originally aired on the “Kid’s Table” segment of Kimmel’s talk show on October 16, instantly drew ire from the Chinese community, who began a White House petition calling for a formal apology.

The petition called the skit “extremely distasteful and … the same rhetoric used in Nazi Germany against Jewish people.”

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

Since its creation, the petition has received over 35,000 signatures, and according to rules on the White House page, will be reviewed by political staff if it is signed more than 64,283 times before November 18.

A Facebook page accompanying the petition, entitled “Investigate Jimmy Kimmel Kid’s Table Show on ABC Network” has gathered over 2,600 likes and reveals that signers of the petition include Canadians, mainland Chinese residents and Chinese Americans from over 37 states, including California, New York and Texas.

Word of the controversy and videos of the skit have also attracted attention in China’s microblog community, where SIna Weibo users urged all overseas Chinese living in the San Francisco area to make their voices heard at ABC’s headquarters.

“All Chinese living near San Francisco, let’s form a collective on Monday and protest outside the doors of ABC,” one outspoken Weibo user living in California wrote. “Spread the word!”

Joe Wong, a Chinese American stand-up comedian, has been particularly vocal in his support of the petition on his own microblog.

“I am a comedian,” Wong wrote. “But I’m also Chinese. Some [Americans] dare to make fun of Chinese minorities, but they would not do the same thing to other races. Why? Because when they offend African Americans or Jewish people, the consequences are too serious.

“There are millions of Chinese out there, but only tens of thousands have signed [the petition] … Everyone may be busy, but the point of being busy is to give yourself and future generations the chance to live in a society that understands and respects Chinese people. Please grasp this opportunity and sign this petition.”

The original clip of the skit has been removed from Youtube, but neither Kimmel nor ABC have responded to the controversy yet.