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Jimmy Kimmel and ABC have apologized, but that didn’t stop hundreds of people from gathering outside ABC’s Burbank headquarters on Saturday to protest the recent comments about killing Chinese people on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last month.
Kimmel has apologized on-air and yanked the Oct. 16 segment in which he and a group of young children jokingly discuss killing Chinese people as a means of dealing with the U.S. debt crisis. The incident has spurred the Roundtable of Chinese-American Organizations, a small Rosemead, Calif.-based outfit, to organize protests in numerous cities, including Raleigh, North Carolina, Phoenix and Boston.
The backlash to “Jimmy Kimmel Live” was swift enough after the segment aired to quickly gather 100,000 signatures needed for an online petition to qualify for a White House response as part of the Obama administration’s We the People initiative. The response is pending.
ABC had no comment on Saturday’s protests. Kimmel has also met privately with Chinese-American reps to hear their concerns about the segment.