'Jimmy Kimmel Live' Controversy VIDEO: ABC Apologizes for 6-Year-Old's Offensive Comments About China
on Oct 29, 2013 11:55 AM EDT
On Oct. 29, ABC issued an apology for a 6-year-old making offensive comments about China on Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Earlier this month, Kimmel held a mock conference ("kid's table") to discuss the worrying issue of America's growing debt crises on the show. The conference features a panel of kids whom Kimmel consulted about the issues. When Kimmel posed the question about how the US should pay back the $1.3 trillion it owed China, "How should we pay them back?" A young boy was quick to offer a solution: "Kill all the people in China."
This was unscripted and the comments were solely attributed to the child. The 80-20 initiative, a group that promotes equal opportunity for Asian Americans, took issue with the whole affair, as did the Chinese community in America.
On Oct. 28 over 100 Asian-American protestors took to the streets in San Francisco, holding up pictures of Kimmel's face done over with a Hitler mustache and a swastika.
ABC promptly issued an apology for the child's remarks.
"We offer our sincere apology," ABC said. "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."
Watch the video here:
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