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Protesters still not happy with ABC in Jimmy Kimmel controversy

By McClatchy News Services

LAST UPDATED: 03:04 a.m. HST, Nov 08, 2013

LOS ANGELES >> ABC and Jimmy Kimmel have both apologized for a segment that aired on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in mid-October that suggested the U.S. kill all Chinese people, but an organization representing 100 Chinese-American organizations still isn't satisfied. It has called for a nationwide protest against ABC on Saturday in 27 cities, including a rally outside ABC's headquarters in Burbank.

Charles Lu, chairman of the Roundtable of Chinese American Organizations, said he wants a formal apology from ABC, not just to the groups protesting, but to all Chinese people around the world.

"We know ABC has issued an apology, but that is not enough," Lu said today. "We want ABC to make a formal apology to all Chinese and do something in the future to avoid terrorist violence."

Last week, ABC issued the following statement: "We offer our sincere apology. We would never purposefully broadcast anything to upset the Chinese community, Asian community, anyone of Chinese descent or any community at large. Our objective is to entertain. We took swift action to minimize the distribution of the skit by removing it from all public platforms available to us and editing it out of any future airings of the show."

The current anger stems from a segment that aired on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Oct. 16. The bit, part of a recurring series called "Kids' Table," put Kimmel at a table with four children at which they take on a large and complicated real-world issue. In this case, it was the fallout of the U.S. government shutdown.

When Kimmel asked the children how the United States should pay back the country's $1.3 trillion debt to China, one of the 6-year-old children responded: "Kill everyone in China." Kimmel responded: "That's an interesting idea." He followed up a bit later in the segment by asking: "Should we allow the Chinese to live?"

The children then debated the idea of killing all the Chinese people to avoid paying the U.S. debt.

"The (ABC) leadership should have a procedure to avoid this kind of thing," Lu said, who said they are no longer targeting Jimmy Kimmel specifically, but the network as a whole.

A spokesperson for ABC declined to comment on the planned protest, but did reiterate that both Kimmel and the network had issued apologies and that the segment had been pulled from various platforms and been edited out of future broadcasts.

A petition on the White House website calling for the offending program to be cut and a formal apology to be issued hit 100,000 signatures in under 30 days, which means a formal response will be issued by the White House at some point.

Lu said he hopes the White House will call for an "investigation of ABC management." With the result that they will have a way to "avoid this kind of program" in the future.

He said buses have been set up to shuttle protesters from heavily Chinese-American suburbs of Los Angeles to Burbank on Saturday, and predicts about 5,000 protestors will show up.

In 2008, a protest against CNN in Hollywood against comments critical of China by Jack Cafferty drew 10,000 protesters, Lu said. However, police at the time estimated the number to be closer to 1,500.


Patrick Kevin Day, Los Angeles Times

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Hapa_Haole_Boy wrote:
on November 7,2013 | 01:39PM
palani wrote:
Should an American of Irish descent feel personally offended if a 6 year old made an insensitive comment about killing all the people in Ireland.
on November 7,2013 | 01:40PM
gtracer66 wrote:
The potato famine did almost kill all the people in Ireland. That's why there are so many of us in the U.S. today. Would I feel personally offended? Hardly!
on November 8,2013 | 02:43AM
richierich wrote:
I think Jimmie was on to something. If we do not, the shoe will be on the other foot in 5 years. http://freebeacon.com/china-deploys-new-bomber-with-long-range-land-attack-missile/
on November 7,2013 | 01:45PM
richierich wrote:
GorillaSmith wrote:
Get a life! This silly little film clip is causing outrage? How about getting upset about the Communist Chinese government's mistreatment of its own people.
on November 7,2013 | 02:21PM
gtracer66 wrote:
It seems we can't talk about the Chinese mistreatment of it's own people, but we can condem a 6 year old for making a off the cuff statement, Children seldom understand things like Political Correctness. To a 6 year old, it was just logic. Get rid of the debt holders and you get rid of the debt. Killing is not the right solution though.
on November 8,2013 | 02:42AM
eastside808 wrote:
Totally irresponsible by Kimmell! Should have changed subject or directions and also gently taught the child about one of the Bible's main tenet of "Thou shalt not kill". This is the very reason our American society is screwed up. This should not be condoned and Kimmell should be dismissed/fired. Wasn't bad enough he got parents to prank their kids on Halloween. What a traumatic experience for some of those kids.
on November 7,2013 | 02:26PM
dsl wrote:
American society is screwed up because the minority overrules the majority. America succumbs to every little push back by a few people. American society is screwed up because we let a few people tell us that God should not be in school. Welet the minority separate God from everything. God was wart of the foundation of this country but we let the few tell us that it is bad. That's why American society is screwed up.
on November 8,2013 | 09:58AM
cojef wrote:
If the remark was made on the black, both Jesse Jackson and Rev. Sharpton would be up in arms and the commenter would possibly lose his job. Asians do not have any activists of the stature of the fore mentioned individuals. If there is, it would certainly be horse of a different color. No pun intended.
on November 8,2013 | 09:58AM
cojef wrote:
If the comment was in regards to the blacks, Kimmel would have his walking papers by now. It sad that he let it slide and the child will go on thinking it is alright to keep on having that kind of attituded. As far as the issue is concerned, STOP THE MINT FROM PRINTING PAPER CURRENCY, than there would be no need to sell any bonds to the Chinese. Kids have a way mimiking how a household live and think about themselve and the community at large.
on November 8,2013 | 10:27AM
SteveToo wrote:
This is/was a 6 year old talking, not the network or Jimmy. Some people are just to sensitive.
on November 7,2013 | 02:34PM
nitpikker wrote:
yeah, too bad there was no adult to lead the discussion!
on November 7,2013 | 03:39PM
medigogo wrote:
Not smart. They shouldn't have aired it. It's the same when a kid uses an "F" word on TV. You'd just cut it and tell the kid it's not right. That said, I believe the one who is really hurt in this is the kid who uttered that and the other 3 who participated in the discussion of killing all Chinese. After they grow up, they'll feel so embarrassed they did this and caused the disturbance.
on November 7,2013 | 03:20PM
awahana wrote:
The biggest bigot, is the boy's parents. After all, he learned it from someone.
They should be targeting re-education of the parents, but like everything else these days, 'shoot the messenger.'

on November 7,2013 | 04:16PM
gtracer66 wrote:
"Re-education"? Isn't that what they did in the USSR or China when dissidents expressed their views? Killing Chinese is not the answer to our debt problem. But "Re-educaiton"?
on November 8,2013 | 02:39AM
cojef wrote:
Stop the mint from continually to printing money. In so doing, it would not be necessary to sell the bonds to the Chinese and the issue would be moot.
on November 8,2013 | 10:03AM
hikine wrote:
Kids don't know anything better that's why they're kids. The question is 'How do we pay our debt to China?" Seriously.
on November 8,2013 | 03:22AM
livinginhawaii wrote:
As Sargent Hulka once stated, "Lighten up, Francis..".
on November 8,2013 | 06:13AM
kolohepalu wrote:
Some people need a problem in their lives and will find one at any cost. . .
on November 8,2013 | 07:00AM
Tarakian wrote:
I'm part Chinese, we laugh when its a joke about another race, but get offended when its ours. Come on, lets all lighten up, in America that is. 6 year old kid saying it and Kimmel making a funny about it. That's funny. I'm talking about nowadays, not when the railroads were being built or exploitation and mistreatment of Chinese back then. I'm laughing about its good to be a part Chinese-American. Come on, taken way out of context.
on November 8,2013 | 09:59AM
amela wrote:
It's like coach Chow's comment "I'm too old for this". Take this seriously and fire Kimmel. He wasn't joking or was he?
on November 8,2013 | 10:12AM
medigogo wrote:
I think he was joking, but the kids weren't. Seems to me they felt they're talking about some serious business. If Kimmel asks what you'll do if you owe your uncle some money you can't repay, and the kid says I'll kill him, don't you think it inappropriate? No parents will let it go without telling the kid it's wrong attitude that you shouldn't have. The worst thing is you just see it as a joke and air it. I bet that kid will be re-educated by his parents once home. It's Mr. Kimmel and ABC's fault and poor taste to air it. Good things is it's not a program for kids. But hey, we've got so many kid adults, don't we?
on November 8,2013 | 11:37AM
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