ABC has issued an apology for a “Jimmy Kimmel Live” skit where the host was talking to a group of children about political problems. When asked what to do about the debt the U.S. owes to China, one kid offers, “Shoot cannons over there and kill everyone in China,” to which Kimmel kind of chuckles and says, “That’s an idea.”
Note — it doesn’t sound like Kimmel is laughing at the idea of killing the Chinese, more that the kid said it.
Either way, Asian-American activist group the 80-20 initiative was not amused by the comment and ABC has issued a statement apologizing for the remark and adding that it will be removed from any further broadcasts.
The statement reads: “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.”