Jimmy Kimmel ‘Allowing’ A Kid To Suggest The US ‘Kill Everyone In China’ Is A Clear Indicator Of How Rampant Racism Really Is

BYqbf4tCIAAAAeiI missed the October 16 Jimmy Kimmel episode that featured a “Kids Round Table” where the late night TV host asked a group of young kids how the United States should pay nearly 1.3 trillion dollars in debt to China. If you are like me, and you missed this because it’s on too late and you don’t really bother watching Kimmel because you don’t find him that funny, here is the segment:

On Saturday, over one thousand people gathered in Burbank to protest the segment of the show, holding signs that read teach kids no hatred and teach kids to love, not kill.

The segment, which is reported to have been unscripted, sure seems scripted to me, maybe not by anyone associated with Kimmel’s show but maybe by the kid’s parent who said the terrible remark. I know kids says the darndest things and all that nonsense, but when the kid made the statement isn’t this when an adult steps in and stops the taping and speaks to all the kids about why saying something like that is a horrific thing to say? Or because it’s all in the name of comedy do we let kids say whatever they want? From ABC15:

Both Kimmel and the ABC Network have since issued an apology regarding the segment.

“I do want to apologize to all of you. If I’ve upset you, I’m very, very sorry. We should not have put it on the air. We did not mean to upset you,” Kimmel said. “We won’t be showing the Kid’s Table segment any more. We’re not going to ever do that again. I’m very sorry.”

 

I think anyone over the age of six, and possibly even under that age, can understand why saying something like that is racist and awful. I’m going to assume that the Jimmy Kimmel show probably has editors who work on it, or someone somewhere may have voiced their opinion at some point that this was a racially insensitive comment to make. I believe in  freedom of speech. I know people have the power to turn the channel on their televisions if they find something offensive. But when a show allows something like this to air, especially without the adult interacting with the kids interrupting them to explain why this is a horrible thing to say, it’s almost like we are giving the green light to every racist out there to say the same thing. Commenters on yahoo thinks everyone offended by this needs to get over it:

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Get a grip! Quit being offended! Wah wah white people! ‘Mericuh!

When I go about my day raising my kids, if any of them even dared to say something this racist and wrong I would speak to them about why it’s racist and wrong, and depending on what was said, maybe even ground them. Kids can be funny and irreverent and say bizarre things, but when one of them suggests genocide this is where we don’t air it for cheap laughs, this is where we sit them down and teach them otherwise.

This is all sort of easy for me to say, because I’m not of Asian decent, and I’m sure I can’t even begin to imagine how offensive this whole mess is to someone who is, but this is one white person who isn’t going to let my kids grow up to make jokes about other races. Too bad no one ever explained to ‘ol Jimmy here why this is totally unacceptable.

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    • etbmm

      Can someone post a transcript of the skit for those of us who can’t watch it at work? I tried to find one but couldn’t!

      • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

        I can’t find one for you :( The kid basically says to kill everyone in China

      • Jake

        The kid said “kill everyone in China”. Jimmy responded: “That’s an interesting idea. But should we allow the Chinese to live?”

    • Mystik Spiral

      Dear commenter who thinks Islamic is a race: This is why “stupid American” is a stereotype. Stop it.

      • Samantha_Escobar

        Agreed times a million.

      • Amber Starr

        I think I love you.

    • CMJ
    • Rachel Sea

      Obviously terrible racism aside, it’s going to be super awkward for that kid if he gets himself in debt. Is he just going to kill everyone at his bank if his student loans are hard to repay?

      • Emmali Lucia

        Well I can’t say that I haven’t been tempted to go on a murderous rampage while looking at my piling student debt…

        Just kidding, I usually just cry while eating those amazing little ice cream cups that people eat when they’re in elementary school

      • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

        I’m impressed with your depressed ice cream eating portion control. I’d probably go for the half gallon :)

    • JLH1986

      Seriously, someone needs to have a chat with these kids’ parents and explain how to parent.

      • JLH1986

        Jimmy Kimmel shouldn’t have allowed it to air, but really where are these kids learning to just “kill everyone”?

    • Osc

      The kid only shows the symptom of the racist problem; he probably learned it from his parents. I wonder if Kimmel’s question is different, for example, hypothetically he asked what the kid would do because “there are xxx black people receiving government benefits”, “there are xxx Hispanics illegally in the USA”, or “there are xxx great entertainers being Jewish”, would he also suggest to kill off those races? More curiously, would ABC have aired the comments?

    • Natasha

      That is crazy! But yes, PARENTING. That’s where kids learn it. We are a multi racial family living in the ‘burbs, in a pretty racially balanced hood, on the higher end of the economic scale, outside a laaaarge metro area with a lot of diversity. We don’t feel we encounter a lot of racism, and the kiddos have never been bothered at school. UNTIL last week, when our oldest was at a Destination Imagination team meeting, and the new boy on the team made a remark that really, really bothered me. They were discussing why people would have to flee earth and how to survive, and the boy said ‘because all the black people took over!’ My daughter turned to him and said ‘that’s really offensive!’ I didn’t hear about it until after, and while I was very proud of my daughter, I was so shaken by what that boy said. He rides our bus. I talk to his dad every morning at the bus stop! To think he learns that at home :/ what’s wrong with people?!?!?!
      I’m surprised how upset I still am over the remark, I really want to say something but not sure what :/

      • simpleton

        mildly intelligent people are incredibly good at hiding their racism. I dated a guy for 6 months before he casually mentioned that “sex scenes between a black guy and a white woman make him want to throw up”. “Umm, WHAT?!”

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