China criticizes ‘kill everyone’ remark on US talk show

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November 11, 2013

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

November 11, 2013

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

Protestors in front of The Jimmy Kimmel Show in Hollywood don't think the talk show host's comments about "killing everyone in China" was funny. They believe ABC apology was not enough and want the comic fired.

The controversy blew up when a six-year-old 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 a programme called "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on broadcaster 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.


Courtesy: Reuters