Chinese government demands apology from Jimmy Kimmel, ABC for 'offensive' skit
The Chinese government isn't satisfied with the apologies Jimmy Kimmel has already released.
After an Oct.16 "Jimmy Kimmel Live" skit in which a child joked that the U.S. should "kill everyone in China" to fix the national debt, the Chinese government has demanded that ABC take action for the "offensive comment."
"ABC should face up to its mistakes, respond to the just response of the Chinese community with a sincere attitude and prevent a repetition of such incidents," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said Monday (Nov. 11).
However, both ABC and Kimmel have already apologized in response to the uproar the skit caused. In a letter to the Asian-American political organization 80-20, the network promised to edit out the unscripted skit from future broadcasts, plus they plan on introducing a review process for future skits to avoid issues like this from happening again. And Kimmel also personally apologized on air.
"It was never my intention to upset anyone," Kimmel said. "The offensive comment, which was made by a 6-year-old child during the nonscripted segment, never should have aired. No one on the team at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' or at ABC would ever purposely broadcast anything to upset the Chinese community, the Asian community, anyone of Chinese descent or any community at large."
The Chinese government aren't the only ones not satisfied with ABC and Kimmel's apologies. Last week, Kimmel met in person with representatives of the advocacy group which had called for ABC to fire him, and a protest on Saturday (Nov. 9) drew thousands of Chinese-Americans outside the "Jimmy Kimmel Live" studio in Los Angeles.
Looks like this scandal isn't going to die down anytime soon.