An Oct. 16 Jimmy Kimmel Live! segment called "Kid's Table" has royally angered at least 60,000 petition-writing Chinese-Americans and their counterparts abroad. The skit—which features a group of children hashing out current events—centers around Kimmel asking his "panel" how the U.S. should pay back the $1.3 trillion it owes China. The kid sporting the bitchin' bowl cut, Braxton, says, "Kill everyone in China." His counterpart six-year-olds then discuss the issues with killing everyone in China, and Kimmel wraps it up, deadpan, with "This has been 'Kid's Table,' the Lord of the Flies edition." Segment over, and it barely made a rumbling in the U.S.
Except, no: Nearly 60,000 people have now signed a White House petition to "investigate" Kimmel and the segment itself, and there were very nearly protests outside ABC's San Francisco offices. The petition is a real gem: "A sincere apology must be issued," it says. "It is extremely distasteful and this is the same rhetoric used in Nazi Germany against Jewish people. Please immediately cut the show and issue a formal apology."
There's an old Internet adage called "Godwin's Law" which states that, given enough time, every online discussion will make a comparison to Hitler and the Nazis. It took these clowns eight sentences. Nevertheless, ABC has apologized. And the network promises to also cut any clips of the sketch available online.
Do we have to explain the joke? That kids are cute but dumb, and that any reference to genocide by a little dude with a bowl cut doesn't promote "racial hatred," but is instead an absolutely ridiculous statement not to be taken seriously? Give me a fucking break.