Hundreds of demonstrators targeted ABC Studios in Burbank, Houston and Phoenix on Saturday to protest Jimmy Kimmel’s controversial skit where a kid suggested to “kill everyone in China“. Although the talk show host and ABC have apologized for the skit, a petition requesting the resignation of Jimmy Kimmel was posted on the White House’s website and has garnered more than 100,000 signatures, adding further fuel to the flame.
Protestors have taken a strong stance against the skit that aired earlier in October, even holding signs portraying Kimmel as Hitler and comparing the kid’s comment to “rhetoric used in Nazi Germany against Jewish people”.
Protestors held signs reading “Teach kids to love, not to kill”.
One mother, Yan Fei, attended the rally in Los Angeles with her six-year-old son Tommy and was quoted in the Shanghai Daily as saying “I feel like I have to let my kid know about this, to let him know that we have our national spirit, and what kind of person he should become. I think it is very important”.
“I think we are friends, and we should not kill others,” Tommy added. “Killing people is against the law. He said to kill and he is against the law. Our teacher told us if you say something about killing people, you will be asked to see the principal,” he said.
You can follow more of the (hopefully soon-to-be-over) Jimmy Kimmel debate here.
[Images via: Chinanews.com // Video via: CCTV]