Jimmy Kimmel is feeling the wrath of Chinese Americans who are unhappy with a “Kids' Table” skit he aired earlier this month on his ABC late-night talk show.
On Oct. 16 he had children discuss the $1.3 trillion in debt the United States owes to Chinese investors. “How should we pay them back,” he asks.
One boy says, ” … Kill everyone in China.” And Kimmel repeats it incredulously, with tongue firmly in cheek. However:
Some Chinese Americans aren't happy about the skit at all, even after the network and Kimmel himself apologized this week.
So a group called the Beijing International Cultural Union is organizing a protest outside the show's venue, the El Capitan Theatre, tomorrow at noon.
Group member Tian Wang told us a few hundred were expected but that another protest in exactly one week would take place there and that 1,000 would likely show.
We'll see. But ABC doesn't seem to be taking the threats, including a possible advertiser boycott, lightly.
A network representative told us the clip of the “Kids' Table” skit “has been pulled from all of our platforms.”
Here's the statement from Disney-owned ABC on the matter:
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. We hope our actions and our apology effectively address your concerns. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
Wang said it's not enough. His group wants Kimmel fired or the show pulled from the air, and he said the protests will escalate until this happens.
Demonstrations at Disneyland in Anaheim, Disneyworld in Orlando, and in New York, San Francisco, and Houston were in the works, he said.
Organizers would then set their sights on boycotting Hyundai, a Kimmel advertiser, if the host isn't fired or the show isn't canceled, Wang said:
It's like Occupy. This is going to be a long-term protest.
Jimmy just went too far. He can't just apologize. That really hurt our feelings as Chinese Americans.