Poll: Jimmy Kimmel Leaves 90% of Chinese Angered, Saddened or On Guard

A child's suggestion to "kill everyone in China" has sparked an uproar against the late night comic

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Katy Steinmetz for TIME

Protestors in San Francisco carry signs protesting late-night-show host Jimmy Kimmel on Oct. 28, 2013, after a child made an unscripted comment earlier this month about how the U.S. should "kill everyone in China"

Two weeks ago, late night comic Jimmy Kimmel asked a roundtable of 6 and 7-year-old children what the U.S. should do about $1.3 trillion of debt owed to China. “Kill everyone in China,” one boy suggested, sparking a candy-fueled debate among his peers, but the remark drew much fiercer objections from China’s blogosphere, where tens of thousands of people have voiced their anger on forums, online polls, and a petition to the White House, ultimately eliciting a public apology from Kimmel’s parent network, ABC.

The petition, which called the skit “extremely distasteful,” has gathered 63,000 signatures and counting, and an online poll, translated by Chinasmack, gauged reactions to the skit that ranged from “Guarded” (33%) to “Angry” (32%), but rarely ever “Indifferent” (10%).

Like any online poll, it represents a small and vocal subset of the population, but it taps into a deeper current of resentment against American media. 61% of respondents believed the remark was an “inevitable” consequence of China’s demonization “at all levels of American society.” And throughout the poll, a majority of respondents saw no humor in the kid’s remark, because of a widespread impression that when it comes to American media, it’s not only the kids who say the darndest things.

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132 comments
haeryungkim192
haeryungkim192

Jimmy Kimmel Live is not really live. It is a pre-recorded program, reviewed and approved by ABC management team. The kid's words were not petent of that kid, but petented by ABC program writer. It was programmed, rehearsed, selected (among many others), reviewed, and finally approved to broadcast. Can anyone understand the procedure? That is the SOP (standard operating procedure) of ABC!

It's extremely disgusting to coach the kid to say "kill all xxxxxx".Jimmy Kimmel and his team coached the kids say killing, and effectively influence all US kids to think killing is an interesting idea. If one hears more killing in US school, don't be surprised, as many supported the killing program here.

 

ahaaaa
ahaaaa

"should we allow chinese to live?". it sounds like a joke to some people, but that is the real question debated not long time ago in the states. the answer is no. the method is cruel. 100 years ago, 100 thousand chinese came to build the railway. male/female ratio is 1000/1.  when the railway was finished, 100 thousand men are not allowed BY LAW to marry the locals, nor unite with their families. a community of 100,000 people perished.  this law was not entirely abolished until 1960s.  that was only 50 years ago. 

ahaaaa
ahaaaa

kids say the darndest things. a joke is joke when it is so absurd that it is impossible to happen. but what the kids said happened before (chinese exclusion act not long time ago), widely supported now by adults (huffting post commented on this as the best ever political talk show, note there is no 'kid'), and may happen in the future (numerous warships aiming at china at its doorstep).  killing all the bankers may be a joke in the states now, but it is not a joke in a country on the verge of revolution and bankers are fleeing the country for their lives. killing all the chinese is not a joke when chinese in china and in the states are already threatened. 

sfguy
sfguy

Next on Jon Stewart:

Kid said, "If US cannot pay back money to China, it should pay back with American human organs, and ship Americans to China to be slaves."

Jon said, "That's an interesting idea. Should China let Americans live or kill all Americans?"

Funny?

Yuan2012Y
Yuan2012Y

I am sad. I am outrage. I am extreme disappointed. I could not believe that could happened in USA.

cl3143
cl3143

I think Jimmy's kids now have learned for life on how to get rid of the debts... What a shame!

lynknight01@hotmail.com
lynknight01@hotmail.com

This is very interesting and sad to read the various comments here, for the none Chinese Americans, you are totally clueless and you are seeing this in a one sided perspective. This is a letter that I am sending to ABC; I do not believe there should have been an apology from either Kimmel or ABC.

Recently I have been reading much press over Jimmy Kimmel Kids program and the comments “Kill all Chinese” by his kids panel, and the resulting apology by ABC and Kimmel. In my town of San Diego there is a planned march today (11/2/2013) in Bal Boa Park by the local Chinese community, the theme of this march is to teach the American parents how not to disrespect the Communist Chinese. As am American I am now struggling with, “why was an apology necessary”? If the apology was meant to correct a wrong then you have missed the mark; if it was done to further divide the two separate worlds that are currently living in America, that of the Communist Chinese Americans and the rest of America, then you have accomplished your task.The comments made by those innocent kids were just that, “comments by innocent kids”. If there was a lesson to be learnt from this incident, it was how little we know about the Communist Chinese living in America. Such as, in most Chinese communities in America as well as in Communist China such comments “Kill all Americans” is a daily occurrence, yet most Americans are unaware of this. This programing of the Communist Chinese kids in disliking America continues today through a heavy-handed means of indoctrinating the Communist Chinese Kids in China and America begins at first grade (http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/303514-program-in-china-to-brainwash-first-graders/).

One heart breaking example was told by Lu, a true American Chinese from New York; On Sept. 11, 2001, Lu was in Shanghai watching TV when the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center happened in New York. China’s state-run news channels celebrated the attacks. “They felt happy,” Lu said. “They said Americans should learn a lesson from this. They meant Americans did something wrong, and we were punished like this.” As an American citizen, Lu took it personally. “It was a massacre, a terrorist attack … and high ranking [Chinese] officials were gloating,” Lu said. “That is when I realized they were not my friends,” Lu said. The second Chinese Overseas Friendship Association meeting was held in China a month after the attacks. Lu said at that meeting the president of the New York branch of the United Front, Huajun Xiong, “was very happy about the attacks.” He had taken photos of the devastation in New York City and was enthusiastically showing everyone. At that point, Lu decided to break his ties from the regime. He renounced his position, and defected. He now sees it as his duty to expose the CCP and its leading agents overseas, particularly in New York. “I know all of them,” he said (http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/202411-exposing-the-chinese-regimes-influence-in-nyc/).

Again, I ask, why was an apology necessary? During my time in Communist China I would on occasion hear disappointment that it should have been the Communist Chinese who attacked America.

So, when you put the comments by innocent American children into the context of Chinese and America relations you should begin to realize that innocence was caught in the middle of something much more heart-rending. Our kids will learn in short order the impact of their words on others; our society has a build in social system to correct such negative behavior as has been demonstrated through this event. The American social system is something that by in large the Communist Chinese communities in America do not understand or realize. In communist China there are no such systems, but that of a mind controlling government.What most Americans including our media don’t realize is that what happened on the Kimmel show and the response by the Chinese community country wide in America has a much larger significance than the innocent provocative words made by our American Children.

snowplum
snowplum

It is hard to believe that ABC is using genocide as a joke and only felt "sorry" because viewers don't get this "joke". Killing as way to get out of debt is not funny, nor is it an appropriate value to teach to kids. Jimmy Kimmel should resign from this show if he still has any sense of decency.

AlenWordsworth
AlenWordsworth

by moonflower7 (teddybearmom)

As parents and teachers, we do our best to nurture our children. We teach them good values, guide them in the right directions when they make mistakes; we protect them from all harms before they are mature enough to protect themselves. To shield young children from inappropriate contents on TV, many parents have used the parental control features on their remote control. Initially, I thought ABC is a family friendly TV channel whose contents do not need to be monitored, but the Jimmy Kimmel's "Kid's round table" show on Oct 16 proved me wrong.

In response to the question on how to pay back our debts to other nations, a 6 year old boy proposed the idea of "Killing everyone in China". Mr. Kimmel chuckled at the answer and made the comment that this was an "interesting idea". After leading the young guests to a debate on the feasibility of using mass murder as a problem solving strategy, Mr. Kimmel further asked the kids in the show "Should we allow the Chinese to live?”, to which he got mixed answers.

I had briefly wondered how this little boy came up with the idea of “killing everyone” in a nation. Then I realized that the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is not even a live show. Like all talk shows, there are hundreds of people working behind-the-scenes. Each writer is responsible for writing monologue jokes and each usually has an assignment for a specific guest. The shows are recorded earlier in the day to allow enough time for necessary editing.

Now I know that the 6 year old may not understand what he was saying, but the adults behind the show must know what they were doing. Instead of asking “Should we allow someone to live?”, which should not even be a question to begin with, maybe we can ask the following questions instead: Should we allow adults to channel messages of mass murder and genocide through a 6 
year old? Should we allow our children to consider, even for a second, killing people as a way to solve or escape from their problems? Should we allow a TV host to expose thousands of innocent young viewers to messages of violence and hatred? Should we allow a TV program to use race baiting to boost a show’s popularity? Should we allow our children to suffer from all 
the negative publicity, to be laughed at, to be emotionally traumatized, so that some adults can enjoy cheap and distasteful jokes?

Enough is enough! It is time to protect our children from malicious programs on TV. It is time to say no to the adults who attempted to mislead and use innocent kids for their own agenda. Every day we shower our children with love. How can we tolerate the people who purposefully delivered hate speech that have potentially counteracted all our efforts? Until ABC issues a 
formal protocol to make sure something in that vein never gets aired again, until the company lets go of all the people who lacks basic judgment and human decency, we are not viewing your program again. We are not creating revenues for Disney and ABC, until you prove with your actions, that you really endorse the values your adorable cartoon characters represent.


---- Re-post a reasonable comment from CNN.com

JulianRead
JulianRead

It is awful enough a young kid would say such things. Even worse, a national TV with influence will show such a conversation and its anchor would treat this as a "joke". It is also sad and dreadful to think what kind of parental guidance a kid like this has received from his family. What kind of day-to-day conversation the parents had with their children. Thinking about terrorists? There are fertile ground in the America. Kill all the people who lend you money!

LarryWang
LarryWang

For the record, Chinese-Americans are not the only people who have protested against Disney/ABC/Jimmy Kimmel.  People from other ethnic groups have voiced their disapproval of the show, although U.S. mainstream media have kept their "neutrality". 

Jimmy Kimmel and ABC/Disney sent the wrong message to the kid and their viewers. And Kimmel wasn’t even funny. Is “OK, that’s an interesting idea” the best he and his team can come up with?

It didn't take me that long to put together this Top 10 Things Jimmy Kimmel Didn’t Say (in response to the 6 yo's saying "Shoot cannons all the way over and kill everyone in China."):

10. Really? I don’t envy your dad’s mortgage lender.
9. That’s not nice to say. Can’t we just give them Disneyland instead?
8. Kid, you lost me. But if you were right, I wish we had borrowed money from cancer.
7. Tell me more about this Avery Wang. How bad is he?
6. All of a sudden, bank robbery doesn't look so bad for financing anymore, does it?
5. Kid, please don’t answer my next question about fighting poverty in the U.S.
4. Producer, do you hear me? Pay the kid’s dad immediately.
3. Sorry, Bob Dylan. Cannon balls must fly yet another time.
2. Leno, Letterman, and Fallon all have Chinese connections through Panda Express.  I'm just saying.

1. YOUR voice.

ShuAWang
ShuAWang

You cannot pay me enough money for me to believe that a 6 year old would come up with that.  My son is 5 1/2 and most of his classmates are 6 year olds. I volunteer weekly in his school.  I know this!!  Please do not use our children to pass poisonous hate  message! That's down right wrong  in every way. 


JamesTam
JamesTam

Sorry, typo, "perogative" should be "prerogative"

JamesTam
JamesTam

This mmkay person is quite interesting.  American all the way; that means he is an American Indian.  If he likes to spend a little time to do some research, he may even discover that American Indians were originated from China.  It is his perogative to defend Kimmel all the way irrespective of how uninformed or ridiculous he is.  A person cannot become intelligent overnight.

Linghong
Linghong

I didn't even know the word "kill" when I was six or seven years old.


woshiwangce
woshiwangce

Shall we kill all the blacks since most of them are poorly educated and living in poverty? Can we please kill the fat white rednecks so that the US of A can become a more open-minded and healthier nation? Can we please destroy all the Mexicans so that our bank account balance won't go negative over and over again? Can we kill the Chinese because they are our debt collectors and their products are WalMart are not as refined as my BMW? JK, as your name suggests, you made a JOKE out of yourself. 

ChasL
ChasL

Imagine had the kid blurted out "kill all the Jews", would ABC even consider airing it? What kind of hate are we teaching our children when they would joke about genocide?

Unlike the overt racism of the past, today's racism is this seemingly harmless, easily rationalized kind.

vincentm
vincentm

People are taking this WAY OUT OF PROPORTION. It's a six year old kid. I seriously doubt his ability to recognize the international politics and the gravity that the statement would hold if it were made by someone with legitimate power. 

It's a kid. He was told to give his thoughts. Yes, he said something he shouldn't have. But calling him the next Hitler or that Jimmy Kimmel is starting a war is ludicrous.  It was in good fun and not supposed to be taken seriously. 

The commenters here calling for the death of Jimmy Kimmel and death of the next Hitler are deranged. It's supposed to be funny. Any one who takes this skit seriously needs a to take a chill pill. 

Factsseeker
Factsseeker

The jews are still understandably sensitive about the holocaust because years of hate speech desensitized ordinary people from seeing jews being human beings and resulted in the slaughter of 7 million women, men and children. The chinese are sensitive to hate speech directed at them because they witnessed the horror of seeing 3 million Vietnamese women, men and children slaughtered by the US military and conscripts. Since then, the world has witnessed almost a million human beings slaughtered in Rwanda that was urged on by hate speech. The Chinese are understandably worried if US children are making statements about killing chinese human beings because the US is worried about its huge debt.

HaoXu
HaoXu

it is about genocide


honglianzhihuo
honglianzhihuo

oh please, don't be such a hypocrite. it's plain hatred, period. americans should ask themselves one simple question: why would a kid who is supposed to be innocent at that age throw words like kill so easily and so voluntarily? what kind of education the adults are giving their children nowadays?

to me, those kids just said something that their parents would not dare say in the public, out loud.

fishw
fishw

Terrible comment as a show host

Jimmy Kimmel, you though mass shooting "interesting", and you guided those kids to answer this kind of question. "Shall we allow Chinese to live."

Jimmy Kimmel. do you have kids? Do you care the campus safe? Do you expect a WAR?

Shame on you, Jimmy Kimmel. As a adult, you need to show the righe way, especially in public.




writerwake
writerwake

@Yuan2012Y,

1) chinese were the lowest class in mongol, manchu, xianbei, Khitan, Jurchen empires.
genghis khan's law, killing a chinese = killing a donkey,

sorry to mention this


mongols, manchs, xianbei killed over 50% of chinese. (in three different times)



2) manchus ruled china for 300 years till 1911.

the population rate was 100,000,000 chinese VS1.000.000 manchus.
then japan ruled 2/3 of china since 1937-1945( including the chinese captial), and killed over 30,000,000 chinese.


Russia and USA saved china ,

Dragoer
Dragoer

@lynknight01@hotmail.com  Why do you think citing a so called example can justify your ignorant and twisted statements?  I came from China and most people there are sympathetic to 911 victims and condemned the terrorists, while the western media continuously broadcast the heavily biased news in favor or terrorists in XinJiang Province.  America is degraded by people like JK and you, who are never a positive part of this free land.

xjyan1978
xjyan1978

@lynknight01@hotmail.com Are you a McCarthy comrade just woke up from your grave because your writing represents McCarthyism in 2013 very well?

Inciting genocide is inexcusable, no matter what kind of disguise it is under, Kimmel, the Kill'emAll needs to go!
Stand up firmly and speak out loudly to those who have a habit and culture to step on weak ones. For not doing so, we are inviting more abuses and possible genocide in future. Remember: “Weakness is provocative” - Donald Rumsfeld

xuezhaoxin0523
xuezhaoxin0523

@lynknight01@hotmail.com can you please imagine that if the comment wasn't talking about Chinese but African American instead? What would be the outcome? I don't think it's hard to imagine that it would be far more serious than now. So what's the difference between the White guys, Asians and African Americans?  If you say there is , then no need for further discussion, you're the man who also supports racism. If there's no difference, then we, Chinese people, are totally not outrageous so far.


As you mentioned celebrating about 9-11, isn't the same thing happening to US media when something happens in China? The reactions would be all the same. So I don't think we need to get into that and this is really not a great supporting detail for you.


Your comment above is an expression of racism. Why can't we ask for an apology when someone else did something wrong with us? Can I just say kill all Americans and we can control the world and you don't demand for any apology? 


Why you Americans' brain is all one-way thinking? Do you guys miss some important component inside?

WZ
WZ

@lynknight01@hotmail.com I am shocked over your comments after I read the first a few lines about your ignorance about Chinese living in America and about how to properly teach children in America to grow up! Even though I don't think it is possible to change your mind at your age (I think you yourself are solely responsible for how your form your opinion after you grow up), and I don't have time to argue against you point by point, I feel I must write something here to remind you that how much your comments and opinions have deviated from the truth. In my mind, it only tells us how much we as individuals need to do toward a more harmonious society.

The first problem in your comment that is misleading is "communist Chinese living in America". As most people on this planet should know well enough that the majority of Chinese today do NOT believe in communism at all. The propaganda is only used by the regime for the interest of the few in the ruling party. In fact, even the few elites in the ruling party do not believe in it, from the fact that almost all of them send their own children to Europe or the US for education at places like Harvard or Cambridge University. Common Chinese citizens suffer deeply and daily from lack of democracy and freedom. Your repeated use of the term only reflects how little you understand China and how far you are connected to the reality even though you claimed you have visited the country.

I am also outraged about your completely baseless accusation of that Chinese are acting as foreign agency to work against the American people. This is blasphemy. I believe this is a perfect example of the type of deep running theme for all the racial hatred and discrimination we have witnessed in human history. I do not understand and will never be surprised about how much hatred you have on Chinese and very likely other minority groups. I can only say that I am glad most people around me are sane and I am extremely fortunate that I do not know you in person.

I condemn that a national TV network and a celebrity would broadcast a message to kill all Chinese through the mouth of an innocent child for entertainment. I can only hope the young child can forget what he said as soon as possible, but I also suspect that Mr. Kimmel's comment and the laugh from the audience will undoubtedly made the child proud and think that it is a correct opinion. Even though Kimmel's talk is to entertain adults, we should not underestimate its negative influence over people including adults and children who are less independent in forming their judgements and opinions. This society suffers from excessive violence. Not to mention the past a few years, last month we just had a series of school shootings. On one hand, we could argue that those were done by a few lunatics. On the other, we must think carefully about how our society as have influenced ideas of individuals especially the young people. The fact is, even though an advanced society the America is, the media and entertainment industry are often ruthless in promoting violence for profit. It is to such an extent in the Kimmel incident that ABC, Kimmel, many American including yourself consider that as okay to broadcast publicly. One person's opinion like yours will not do much harm to the society if it's in private even though it's as distasteful, publicly saying such things does endanger the society's long-term overall interest and cut the society deeply. Chinese American, like any other ethnic groups in America, work hard, and abide the laws and the constitution of the US, thus deserves the respect for their contribution to a prosperous America. 

The strong response of Chinese American over this incident reflects the long history in the US of racial discrimination against Chinese and other Asian groups. For an example, the Chinese Exclusion Act went back way before the communists took over China in 1949. I strongly suspect that you have done your homework before you form such biased opinions.

I probably agree with you on one thing, that is "Our kids will learn in short order the impact of their words on others". However, this will not be achieved spontaneously. It can only be a result of collective efforts from responsible citizens. It is also definitely with an exception of you as the parent of the child. I doubt very much that with a father of having such deep hatred against a group of people you have no idea, a child could ever learn the right thing at any time soon.

mmkay
mmkay

@Linghong That could only be true if English is your second language.

mmkay
mmkay

@woshiwangce This post is nearly the most racist thing I've read in my life.

mmkay
mmkay

@ChasL What do you think the probability is of a genocide in America against Chinese? 50/50?

JKisnotakid
JKisnotakid

@vincentmI agreed with you when I first heard about the protest. You are right that kids are just kids. They say the darndest thing and they are super cute and funny when they are doing it. However, I realized that the show is not live. It is a recorded segment. Jimmy Kimmel is not a kid. It is perfectly OK for a kid to say the darndest thing, but it is not OK to keep the genocide message to be broadcasted as funny material on national TV. The program had more than enough time to take it out, but they didn't, in the name of entertainment.

If you still think it is just funny, how would you feel if a Chinese kid on Chinese national TV said "we should kill all Americans since they are not paying back our money." Still funny? 

If 90% of a race sampled is angry at something, it is not an over-reaction issue anymore. It shows that is an under-estimation of cultural sensitivity in the first place.

mmkay
mmkay

@fishw "Interesting" was a euphemism for "insane", "ridiculous" or "idiotic". "Shall we allow Chinese to live?" was rhetorical question to ensure people understood it was satire. Sadly, the language barrier was still too thick.

mmkay-idiot
mmkay-idiot

@mmkay @ChasL oh, you sound really like a statistician, but you are totally off the point now.

layonhands
layonhands

@mmkay @ChasL The lifetime odds of having a car accident is roughly 1-in-100. Whats your point? Learn some basic basic statistics before you talk nonsense on a public forum please.

mmkay-idiot
mmkay-idiot

@mmkay @honglianzhihuo It's not cute that some ABC adults aired the scripted hatred words on a national TV through a six year old kid's mouth.

layonhands
layonhands

@mmkay @honglianzhihuo It's cute when you feel that "a scatterbrained six year old" can say or do anything on a public show. How old are you btw? 12, 13?

mmkay-idiot
mmkay-idiot

@mmkay @fishw oh, I forget.  You are a native English speaker.  Once again, how about changing the subject from Chinese to Blacks or Jews.  Would you feel 'sadly' as well?  You touted yourself all the way american, so you must be a descendent of native Americans and your ancestors must have learnt English very well too.

layonhands
layonhands

@mmkay @fishw Shall we vote to decide if we should allow you and your family to live? How does that sound?

mmkay-idiot
mmkay-idiot

@mmkay @Linghong Where do you think all native English speaking kids learnt the word 'kill' from?  JK/ABC/Disney?  Their native English speaking parents?  Or some people like you?