ABC Apologizes For Jimmy Kimmel China Skit
Was Jimmy Kimmel’s latest skit racist? During a Kids’ Table segment of his late-night talk show, one of the children made a joke about reducing U.S. debt by “killing everyone in China.” The China joke has prompted accusations of racism and forced ABC to issue a swift apology for the Kimmel skit. Nevertheless one Asian-American political group has put together a petition asking Barack Obama to investigate. The petition might seem silly to some when discussing a humorous Kids’ Table skit, but it’s already garnered a whopping 60,000 signatures!
In a statement, ABC issued an apology for both Kimmel and the China joke, denying that the network supports racist statements in any form. Their letter states: “We would never purposefully broadcast anything to upset the Chinese community, Asian community, anyone of Chinese descent or any community at large.” ABC also promised to remove the skit from YouTube and any future broadcasts of the show.
That may not be sufficient. The pan-Asian-American political group called 80-20 created a White House petition asking the Obama administration to look into what they view as offensive material. After already receiving more than 60,000 signatures, it’s not unlikely that the document could reach the President’s desk. The required number of signatures is 100,000. “
They had a chance not to air this racist program, which promotes racial hatred,” reads the petition. “The program is totally unacceptable and it must be cut. It is extremely distasteful and this is the same rhetoric used in Nazi Germany against Jewish people.”