China criticizes ‘kill everyone’ remark on Jimmy Kimmel Live

 

More than 1,000 people picketed ABC’s headquarters in Burbank, Calif. on Saturday after a 6-year-old guest on the show said everyone in China should be killed.  Credit: Getty Images
More than 1,000 people picketed ABC’s headquarters in Burbank, Calif. on Saturday after a 6-year-old guest on the Jimmy Kimmel Live show said everyone in China should be killed.
Credit: Getty Images

China sharply criticized an American talk-show host on Monday for a remark made by a child on his program which has set off protests by Chinese-Americans in the United States.

The controversy blew up when a six-year-old guest replied “kill everyone in China” after the host, Jimmy Kimmel, asked him how the United States should pay back the $1.3 trillion it owes to the world’s second-largest economy.

Kimmel, who hosts the late night talk show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on ABC, replied: “That’s an interesting idea.”

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang said ABC must respond to the Chinese-American community’s protests.

“It’s necessary to point out that spreading racism and hatred runs counter to the media’s social responsibility,” he told a regular news briefing.

American broadcaster ABC has issued a statement expressing regret for the incident and Kimmel apologized on Oct. 28 on his television show.

Kimmel’s show is pre-taped. Critics say ABC should have cut the offending segment before it was aired.

 


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