The US network ABC has issued an apology for allowing a controversial Jimmy Kimmel skit to be aired earlier this month in which one child suggested that the US “kill everyone in China” as a way to deal with the country’s debt crisis.
The clip, which was aired on October 16, sparked outrage among netizens and even led to a White House petition boycotting the network’s decision to show it.
SCMP obtained a letter sent from ABC 80-20 Initiative, a web-based organization in the US promoting equal opportunities for Asian Americans, apologizing for allowing the skit to run.
“We’re writing to offer our sincere apology,” the letter read. “We would never purposefully broadcast anything to upset the Chinese community, Asian community, anyone of Chinese descent or any community at large…our objective is to entertain”.
The letter was signed by ABC Entertainment’s executive vice president, Lisa Berger, who oversees Kimmel’s show, and Tim McNeal, the vice president of ABC’s talent development and diversity branch.
The letter added that the controversial comment was removed from all media clips, and it would be taken out of any future airing of the show.
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