Jimmy Kimmel is trying hard to prove he is as quick at negotiating his way out of a jam as he is at cracking jokes, as he confronts the frightening possibility of having over a billion Chinese people after him. Covering this story, Lesley Goldberg wrote for The Hollywood Reporter on Oct. 31, 2013, “Jimmy Kimmel Apologizes to Protesters Over ‘Kill Everyone in China’ Joke.” For the second time Kimmel has apologized for his controversial “Kill Everyone in China” segment, this time to a group of protesters in front of the Hollywood studio where his series, “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” is taped.
Members from the pan-Asian-American political group 80-20 have wanted Kimmel fired as the late-night host on his ABC show. They appeared in large numbers on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the El Capitan Theatre where Kimmel tapes “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, waving signs which compared the late-night host to Hitler in response to his Oct. 16 segment which carried the highly controversial joke about the Chinese.
Kimmel moved into action fast to extend his apologies for this distasteful joke. Kimmel said to the protesters, “If I upset you, I’m very, very sorry.” He also said, “I come to you with nothing but love in my heart. I’m a comedian, I was trying to make people laugh, I’m sorry that I did it.” Hopefully, Kimmel will find some Chinese people with love in their hearts who are willing to accept his apologies.
The Voice of America has covered news about ABC apologizing for Kimmel’s bad joke about China. ABC has extended apologies for a late night comedy segment in which a young child was seen jokingly suggesting to “kill everyone in China” as a way for the United States to avoid paying its huge debts. ABC has said the primary objective of their team is to entertain and that they would never intentionally broadcast anything to upset the Chinese or Asian community.
In the controversial segment, when Kimmel asked the young kids how the U.S. should pay China the $1.3 trillion the United States owes China, one of the kids replied, “shoot cannons all the way over and kill everyone in China.” Although Kimmel responded to the child’s comment by laughing and saying, “that’s an interesting idea,” he says he thought it was obvious that he did not agree with that suggestion.
It really appears Kimmel’s apologies and those of ABC are sincere and hopefully they will be forgiven before all of this escalates into hostilities. If Kimmel was really in any manner a racist who was interested in sparking off racial hatred, it is not likely he would not have come forward so quickly in public speaking of love in his heart for the Chinese. Clearly, a mistake was made here and together we should all try to learn from this mistake and move on with love in out hearts for each other.