The Jimmy Kimmel “Kill China” skit shenanigans have gotten out of hand. Now, the White House will have to formally answer a petition signed by over 100,000 people
over-reactors who don’t understand context in less than a month. The petition is to shutdown Jimmy Kimmel’s “Kids Table” segment because there clearly aren’t more pressing issues than a (possibly) off-color joke on a talk show.
The petition reads (you can see it online here):
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.
For the uninitiated here’s the transcript of the ‘Kids Table’ segment in question:
‘America owes China a lot of money – $1.3 trillion. How should we pay them back?’ Kimmel asked a group of four giggling kids in the October 16 broadcast segment.
‘Shoot cannons all the way over and kill everyone in China,’ offers a six-year old boy.
Clearly the premise of the joke is that to make such a suggestion on a talk show is so ludicrous that no one could take it seriously. It exposes the outlandishness of people who have such notions (such as actual Neo-Nazis today), the opposite of in Nazi Germany, where they promoted such notions.
The Petition’s Nazi analogy is akin to saying all people who’ve ever made a joke about domestic violence (even if the joke serves to show how stupid people are who commit domestic violence), are promoting domestic violence, and are the same as people who would commit it. The only crime here is the joke wasn’t that funny.
And unfortunately there’s no petition to get certain comedians to stop telling bad jokes.
White House officials have pledged to respond to the petition in a couple weeks or months.