Video: Protesters Rally In Front Of ABC Headquarters Over Kimmel Skit
About 1,500 people gathered in front of the ABC headquarters in Burbank yesterday to protest a skit on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" where a child suggests killing all Chinese people.
The protest was part of a nationwide rally where Chinese-American advocacy groups planned to protest at various ABC-related spots across the country. On Friday, a rally at the ABC News headquarters in New York drew hundreds of supporters. Burbank police responded to the rally, but it was peaceful and nobody was arrested, according to the Burbank Leader.
The skit in question has drawn plenty of ire since it first aired in October. In the reoccurring skit, called "Kids' Table," Kimmel is talking to a table of children about pressing issues affecting the country. When Kimmel brings up the topic of the United States owing trillions of dollars to China, one child suggests the U.S. should "kill everyone in China" so they don't have to pay the debt.
"Kill everyone in China?" Kimmel responds in the video. "That's an interesting idea."
Later in the skit, Kimmel asks if we should "allow the Chinese to live," which receives a mixture of "yes" and "no" answers from the children.
ABC has issued an apology to those who were negatively affected by the skit, saying, "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."
But for many protesters who appeared at the rally, the apology was not enough.
"[Kimmel] did not admit that he was wrong. All he said was I'm sorry if you feel that way. I'm sorry if I offended you," Tien Wang told KPCC. "That doesn't make it right. He has to come out and say that it was wrong and it was uncalled for and he will never do that again."