After demonstrations throughout the country and vehement arguments in Shanghaiist’s comment section, the faux-scandal over Jimmy Kimmel’s apology about his kid-guest’s comment have now reached the levels of international diplomacy. CCTV—who, it should be noted, is absolutely loving this—questioned China’s Foreign Ministry about the show and got exactly what they were hoping for.
The Wall Street Journal translated CCTV’s piece and reports:
Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang was asked by state-run CCTV to respond to the controversy during a daily news briefing on Monday.
“ABC should face its mistake head on, and respond with a sincere attitude to the reasonable demands by Chinese in America, and prevent a similar incident from occurring again,” he said. […]
“Well in America we have the freedom of the press. If they want to waste their money suing me—I’d recommend they don’t do that—but that’s their choice,” CCTV broadcast Mr. Kimmel as saying.
CCTV and China’s state-media are not exactly proponents of freedom of speech and, unfortunately enough, it looks as though a good number of Americans aren’t that strongly in favor of it either. Wanting an apology is one thing, of course (and Kimmel has given several) but declarations of proto-genocide, demands to cancel Kimmel’s show, and constant calls for Kimmel himself to be fired—and nearly all of these coming from Americans—doesn’t bode well for the first amendment.
Some kid’s unscripted comments on some guy’s talk show are rapidly becoming a really lame Chinese-American version of the Salman Rushdie story, with the CCTV potentially playing the role of ayatollah.