Jimmy Kimmel landed himself in a heap of trouble after ABC aired the controversial “Kid’s Table Skit” of his show, in which he asked children how to get rid of national debt. One of the kids replied, “Kill everyone in China”.
Unsurprisingly, such comments on the show, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, prompted the filing of an official petition at the WhiteHouse.gov, and it has received 100,000 signatures.
The petition, created by "H.Z." from Cedar Park, Texas, reads in its entirety:
I was very disturbed by Jimmy Kimmel’s ‘Kids Table’ show. It was aired on ABC recently and talked about killing all the Chinese so that the states do not need to pay back their debts to China. The kids might not know anything better. However, Jimmy Kimmel and ABC’s management are adults. They had a choice not to air this racist program, which promotes racial hatred. The program is totally unacceptable and it must be cut. A sincere apology must be issued. It is extremely distasteful and this is the same rhetoric used in Nazi Germany against Jewish people. Please immediately cut the show and issue a formal apology.
The official White House website notes that if a petition gathers enough signatures, it will be reviewed by staff and get an official response.
Both ABC and Kimmel have apologizedrepeatedly for the segment. The 45-year-old comedian even greeted the protesters outside his Hollywood Blvd. studio and apologized in person.
"I come to you with nothing but love in my heart," he said. "I’m a comedian, I was trying to make people laugh, I'm sorry that I did it."
The White House now has thirty days to respond to the petition.
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