China to Kimmel: Say You're Sorry Like You Mean It
'Kill everyone in China' quip sparks anti-ABC protests
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 12, 2013 11:50 PM CST
Updated Nov 13, 2013 1:03 AM CST
This July 3, 2013 photo released by ABC shows Jimmy Kimmel on "Jimmy Kimmel Live."    (AP Photo/ABC, Randy Holmes, File)

(Newser) – China wants ABC to apologize a third time for an insensitive Jimmy Kimmel skit—and to be sincere about it this time. The network has already issued two public apologies over the skit that aired Oct. 16, in which a child suggests "killing everyone in China" to solve America's debt problem, notes the Hollywood Reporter. The skit sparked protests outside ABC offices—heavily covered by Chinese media—and a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman says ABC "should face up to its mistake and respond with a sincere attitude to the reasonable demands by Chinese people in America, and prevent a similar incident from occurring again."

"Spreading racism and hatred goes against the media’s social responsibility," the spokesman added. ABC is owned by Disney and if the company can't put an end to the bad publicity, it could have trouble with projects including Shanghai Disneyland, predicts Bloomberg. Kimmel himself has apologized on air and at the protests, though China's state broadcaster has paid more attention to a clip of him sparring with a Chinese journalist who asked him about a potential lawsuit from Chinese-Americans. "In America we have the freedom of the press," Kimmel said. "If they want to waste their money suing me, I’d recommend they don’t do that. But that’s their choice."

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George R
Nov 14, 2013 2:36 PM CST
Getting a little sick and tired of Chinese dictators acting like Americans somehow owe them something.
Nov 14, 2013 2:04 PM CST
It doesn't really matter what country we are talking about. Having a child suggest we should kill an entire country is not funny.
Nov 14, 2013 11:28 AM CST
If Kimmel thinks he is just exercising his freedom of speech, let him air a follow-up clip of a kid saying "kill all Jews" and then I would accept his argument that he means no malice. It is just a joke. ABC and Disney can then say:" Awwwww shucks, Jimmy just makes fun of everyone. No harm done. Move on. Jews get a life." Let Steven Spielberg say "That is funny!"