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Sun Nov 10, 2013, 01:59 AM

How Jimmy Kimmel’s China joke became an issue for the White House

It’s one thing for late-night comics to make jokes about the White House. But Jimmy Kimmel managed to offend so many people with a joke about China that the Obama administration is now officially compelled to respond.

On Oct. 16, Kimmel aired a segment of his Kids Table, where he asks small children to address complex issues. The subject was China and how the U.S. could solve the $1.3 trillion trade imbalance. “Kill everyone in China,” answered one laughing 6-year-old.

Some viewers were so upset that they took their anger to the White House’s “We the People” online initiative, where citizens petition the administration to comment on various issues — and are promised a response if at least 100,000 people sign on during a 30-day period.

“H.Z.” of Cedar Park, Texas started the Kimmel petition, asking for an investigation of the show: “The kids might not know anything better,” it read in part. “However, Jimmy Kimmel and ABC’s management are adults. They had a choice not to air this racist program, which promotes racial hatred. . . .This is the same rhetoric used in Nazi Germany against Jewish people.” The petition reached 100,000 signatures by Thursday morning, less than three weeks after the show aired, reports Deadline.

Of course, Kimmel manages to offend viewers on a regular basis. This week’s outrage: Child psychologists are weighing in on his annual Halloween stunt in which parents pretend to eat their children’s candy, then post the tearful reactions on YouTube.

His China segment, however, really hit a nerve. A group of Asian Americans picketed outside of Kimmel’s studio in L.A.; the host met with protestors and issued an on-air apology. ABC pulled the clip from the website, edited it out of any repeat broadcasts, and issued its own mea culpa: “We would never purposefully broadcast anything to upset the Chinese community, Asian community, anyone of Chinese descent or any community at large.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/reliable-source/wp/2013/11/08/how-jimmy-kimmels-china-joke-became-an-issue-for-the-white-house/

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Jesus Malverde Nov 2013 OP
Ava Gadro Nov 2013 #1
dionysus Nov 2013 #9
Herbacious Nov 2013 #2
Jesus Malverde Nov 2013 #3
gopiscrap Nov 2013 #8
Heather MC Nov 2013 #4
Kokonoe Nov 2013 #7
Turbineguy Nov 2013 #5
jakeXT Nov 2013 #6
davidpdx Nov 2013 #10

Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 02:08 AM

1. I've never cared for this guy.

I always felt him to be a misogynist.

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Response to Ava Gadro (Reply #1)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 04:42 PM

9. yet he's a saint compared to his old partner...

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 02:18 AM

2. Hahaha, real funny stuff.

 

Let's just deluge the airwaves with racist bullshit.

It's okay, because a little kid said it, right?

WTF?

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Response to Herbacious (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 02:46 AM

3. At first I was like ok not so bad.

By the end Jimmy's polling the audience should we commit genocide or not...

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Response to Herbacious (Reply #2)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 04:40 PM

8. welcome to DU

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 03:53 AM

4. But what the hell does this have to do with President Obama???

did any of the Previous Presidents ever have to apologize for something a Comedian said or did?????

I am so sick of this Make Obama Apologize mentality. Jimmy Kimmel aired this in a country with free speech this is Kimmel's problem not Our Presidents.

And as Offensive as it, no one is going to listen to an ignorant kid who has no understanding of the world around him

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Response to Heather MC (Reply #4)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 08:29 AM

7. The president responds to a petition if it has enough signatures in a time frame.

100,000 in 30 days maybe. It was less signatures until tea baggers & birthers were funded.

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 04:54 AM

5. He should know

only republicans can say shit like that. Maybe the kid was a republican so he thought it would be OK?

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 06:52 AM

6. Bomb the creditors is nothing new

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Response to Jesus Malverde (Original post)

Sun Nov 10, 2013, 09:04 PM

10. I just read about this on the news. The article said the show was live.

I don't watch Kimmel (I'm a Letterman type of guy), but I can tell you two things they did wrong. First and obvious, was the topic. Second, they should have taped it and then after seeing the offensive remark, not run it. They could have changed the topic to something more lighthearted and re-taped it had they done that.

Letterman does a fair amount of pre-taped segments in his show.

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