Chinese Americans Not Satisfied with ABC and Kimmel’s Apologies

Nov. 15, 2013 / By

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World Journal, News Report, Staff

Fifty thousand Chinese Americans rallied in 27 U.S. cities last Saturday to protest what they call racist comments made during the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show that airs on ABC. The show’s host and ABC have apologized for the unscripted comments made by a child, but that wasn’t enough to quell the anger of Chinese American protestors, who say the apologies were inadequate.

The protests are in reaction to a segment called “Kids Table” that aired on Jimmy Kimmel’s show on Oct. 16. Kimmel asked a group of boys and girls how should the U.S. pay nearly $1.3 trillion in debt to China during the segment, and a six-year-old boy said, in an unscripted comment, that the U.S. should “kill everyone in China.”

During the sketch, Kimmel turned to the other kid guests and said: “OK, that’s an interesting idea… Should we allow the Chinese to live?”

Chinese American protesters called for Kimmel to be fired and urged ABC’s parent company Walt Disney Company to make an official apology. The demonstrations are believed to be the largest protest held by the Chinese community in the United States. The protesters 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 has garnered more than 100,000 signatures, which means the U.S. government has to provide an official response.

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