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Jeremy Lin reads “Mean Tweets” on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Jeremy Lin has dealt with his share of Twitter haters. But sometimes you just have to laugh. Your favorite Houston Rockets guard recently appeared on ABC‘s Jimmy Kimmel Live to participate in the latest NBA edition of “Mean Tweets,” in which celebrities read aloud some of the mean things people have said about them on Twitter.

It’s both hilarious and kind of sad. Here’s “Jermy” Lin‘s contribution…

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Stanford’s March Madness cowbell player Alex Chang appears on Jimmy Kimmel Live

The biggest star out of March Madness plays for Stanford, but he doesn’t play basketball. He plays the cowbell. Alex Chang, who plays with the Stanford band’s drum section, became a cult sensation after videos and gifs of his enthusiastic, wildly expressive cowbell prowess at last week’s Stanford/Kansas game hit the internet.

So legendary were his skillz on the cowbell, Alex was invited to appear on ABC‘s Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Tuesday night and sit in with the show’s band, The Cletones.

When Kimmel asked Alex, a mechanical engineering major, if it was a demotion to be the cowbell guy, Alex could only respond, “Does it look like a demotion?”

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ABC commits to changes after Jimmy Kimmel Live controversy

 

AsAmNews:

A coalition of community groups recently met with executives from ABC to discuss the recent “kill everyone in China” segment on Jimmy Kimmel.

According to a letter sent out by the Organization of Chinese Americans to its membership, the network committed to a number of changes.

Some of them had previously been announced.

They included:

  • The formation of a community-network advisory group to develop national programming during APA Heritage Month in May.
  • Regular meetings with Executive Producers to develop more roles for Asian Pacific American actors
  • Cultural sensitivity training for network staff
  • A commitment to not air any more segments using the Kids Table Format which the “kill everyone in China” segment aired under
  • Removal of Kids Table segment from Jimmy Kimmel Live, their website and social media
  • Acknowledgement that such language can lead to hate crimes
  • An apology to the community

Among those groups attending the meeting were Media Action Network for Asian Americans, Chinese American Citizens Alliance, Japanese American Citizens League, National Council of Chinese Americans, East West Players and the Organization of Chinese Americans.

We are pleased and optimistic about the outcomes of our meeting with ABC. They committed to addressing the damage done by the ‘kill everyone in China’ statement. And they have also taken proactive measures to prevent another incident,” OCA said in its letter signed by Executive Director Tom Hayashi and OCA President Sharon Wong.

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2013: The Year Of Cultural Appropriation All Around

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Here are some of this year’s most offensive towards Asians, Asian Americans and Asian culture:

1. Katy Perry: The time she assumed dressing up Geisha was a good idea.

Katy Perry: The time she assumed dressing up Geisha was a good idea.

At this year’s American Music Awards, Katy Perry performed in a Geisha fan-fare only this isn’t a reason to reward her for “cultural appreciation”.

It was a blatant display of cultural appropriation on a mainstream platform that largely leaves out Asians as a whole. Asian background dancers are seen to cake on more make-up to look more Asians. Media reviews of the performance questioned the outraged that poured from Perry’s performance – comparing it to the highly controversial Miley Cyrus twerking at the VMAs. This is not appropriation olympics. Pop stars need to retrain their urge to use people of color and our culture from their onstage antics.

2. Jimmy Kimmel: The time is he used a kid to suggest Chinese genocide

Jimmy Kimmel: The time is he used a kid to suggest Chinese genocide

In October, Jimmy Kimmel featured adorable little people to discuss the government shutdown and how to pay back the trillions bazillions dollars of debt to China. With a little Asian girl in sight while sipping on American flag juice boxes, the floppy-haired white six year old boy proclaimed “Kill everyone in China”. I’m not a mind reader but I’m pretty sure that little girl expression means “WTF?!”

3. Halloween: All Tricks and No Treats

Halloween: All Tricks and No Treats

Oct. 31st is usually a gut-wrenching time of the year for people of color. Imagine all that’s sacred and custom to your culture can be made into a costume or accessory priced at $29.99. This year, in particular, the offenders stripped down human dignity to WTF! levels. Do not ever assume it is okay.

>>>Three white guys dressed up as Asiana Airlines flight attendants killed in the July crash in SFO. Adding insult to fatal injuries, the falsely reported racist names are visibly seen in this distasteful photo-op. This is among the worst of the worst. Google “racist costumes” and there is no short supply.

4. Asian Girlz Song: Written by a Racist Band (Yes, Racist)

Asian Girlz Song: Written by a Racist Band (Yes, Racist)

I know what some are thinking, “who doesn’t love asian girls with a z”. But really, writing a song titled “Asian Girlz” and featuring obscene lyrics like “I love your creamy yellow thighs / Ooh your slanted eyes” are never ever acceptable. Seriously. And featuring a willing Asian girl that fits into a white man’s stereotype of exotic asian women does make it less racist. This song dropped on all Asian women like a ton of bricks in August. The band behind this racist song denied any wrong doing and the girl in the music video gave an empty apology. Now, who is going to write a real song about loving and respecting asian girls with a z?

5. Miss New America: Can’t Touch This

Miss New America: Can't Touch This

In September, Nina Davuluri won Miss America – the first winner of Indian heritage. Her triumph set ablaze a revelation that Asian woman too can be crowned on national television (the Runner-Up Crystal Lee is also Asian). Except, not all Americans understood this graciously. Covert and overt racists poured out of the woodwork on twitter to shame the new Miss America and mistook her as “Arab” which then triggered more xenophobia.

One tweet read: “If you’re #Miss America you should have to be American”. Another read “Asian or Indian are you kiddin this is america omg”.

Supporters and haters can follow Nina Davuluri on her official twitter handle@MissAmerica

6. There’s much more cultural appropriation and racism this year but no buzzfeed post can capture it all, can it?! Let’s look ahead to 2014

There's much more cultural appropriation and racism this year but no buzzfeed post can capture it all, can it?! Let's look ahead to 2014

Asian Pacific Islander movers and shakers nationwide are confronting racism and collaborating across communities to address this ongoing problem. Here are some people and sources to follow, work together and fight with:

1. #NotYourAsianSideKick founded by Suey Park
2. Angry Asian Man
3. Rinku Sen and Color Lines
4. Bao Phi
5. CultureStr/ke

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The Banality of Televised Anti-Chinese Racism

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The Atlantic: Last week’s episode of Holland’s Got Talent featured a 30-year-old Chinese-born contestant named Xiao Wang, a PhD candidate who moonlights as an opera singer. Xiao was on hand to sing “La donna e mobile,” an aria from Verdi’s Rigoletto, and performed beautifully.

However, one of the talent judges on the show, a Dutch singer named Cornelis Willem Heuckeroth, used the segment as an opportunity to mock Xiao’s Chinese-ness.

Here were a few of Heuckeroth’s comments:

Which number are you singing? Number 39 with rice?

This is the best Chinese I’ve had in weeks, and it’s not takeaway!

He looks like a waiter from a Chinese restaurant.”

This is the best Chinese person I’ve ever seen, and he’s not even a delivery boy.”

Hueckeroth, who for some reason goes by the name “Gordon,” also called Xiao’s performance a “surplise.”

The other two panelists on the show both looked embarrassed by Gordon’s remarks; one, an American named Dan Karaty, even told him that he’s “really not supposed to say things like that.

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The incident came after a controversy last month from Jimmy Kimmel Live!, the ABC late-night show, in which Kimmel convened a panel of children for a mock discussion of current events. At one point, Kimmel asked the kids what the U.S. should do about its debt to China.

Kill everyone in China,” said a 6-year-old boy, to which Kimmel replied: “OK, that’s an interesting idea.”

The segment triggered an immediate reaction: Chinese and Chinese-American groups picketed outside ABC studios and even petitioned the White House; subsequently, while both Kimmel and the network have apologized, the anger has not yet entirely subsided.

In fact, the reaction to the Kimmel gaffe has been so strong that it has even triggered a counter-reaction from those who believe that the Chinese groups overreacted. Anthony Tao, a Chinese-American writer and principal author of Beijing Cream, an excellent blog, wrote:

A serious question, fellow Chinese community members: what kind of joke—something actually funny—with the word “China” or “Chinese” in it would you consider acceptable? Where’s the line that, if not crossed, won’t make you go signing an online petition as if anyone** thinks killing all Chinese people is actually a good idea?

I understand Anthony’s logic, but disagree with his point here; obviously, even the most paranoid, jingoistic Chinese person knows that the United States harbors very few people (much less children!) who hold mass-murdering fantasies about China. I’d guess that just about everyone in China realizes that the humor (or attempted humor) of the segment was just how outrageous the boy’s comment was, as well as Kimmel’s deadpan reaction.

But the reality is—and the incident on Dutch TV confirms this—that offensive references to Chinese people remain common in popular culture. A doctoral student who sings opera on the side is casually mocked for his racial similarity to Chinese immigrants who work in restaurants. A boy calling on everyone in a country to be killed is just an innocent, amusing comment from a little rugrat. And it isn’t just China, either: In September, a CNBC host in employed a mocking Indian accent to discuss the value of the rupee, India‘s currency. So it goes.

In March, my colleague Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote an op-ed in The New York Times discussing an incident in which the African-American actor Forest Whitaker was stopped and frisked in a Manhattan deli by the owner, who didn’t recognize him and suspected him of shoplifting. Once the owner recognized Whitaker, he was mortified—because he didn’t consider himself a racist. Wrote Ta-Nehisi:

The idea that racism lives in the heart of particularly evil individuals, as opposed to the heart of a democratic society, is reinforcing to anyone who might, from time to time, find their tongue sprinting ahead of their discretion.

That applies in the case of anti-Chinese racism, too: It isn’t just that the Dutch TV personality is a jerk (though, frankly, he seems to be), or that Jimmy Kimmel and his producers are particularly insensitive (they might be, though having watched the show I doubt it). It’s that we still live in a society where these sentiments still arise, and that these “slip-ups” occur with numbing regularity.

These events have real consequences, too, in how Chinese people see the United States. Consider this poll conducted by the Chinese news broadcaster Phoenix TV about the Kimmel incident, which was helpfully translated by ChinaSmack. When asked whether they believed they believed “the ‘kill everyone in China’ remark said by the 6-year-old child on the television program was by chance,” a large majority (62 percent) said that “this is the negative consequences borne by the long-term dissemination of the notion of a Chinese threat/menace on public platforms at all levels of American society.”

Elsewhere in the poll, nearly a third of respondents believed that “America’s media and education are currently slipping toward extreme anti-China sentiments.” 83 percent of the respondents believed that the American media owed China and Chinese people an apology; hence, it isn’t particularly surprising that ABC and Kimmel went ahead and did so.

Kimmel’s termination—or Heuckeworth’s—won’t ensure that anti-Chinese racism will go away. But the point in calling for them isn’t to provide a proportional solution to a discrete problem. It’s to raise awareness that this issue—both in the U.S. and around the world—is worse than most people realize.

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ABC apologizes for Jimmy Kimmel’s “Kill Everyone in China” comment

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ABC is apologizing for a segment of Jimmy Kimmel Live in which a child joked about killing Chinese people to help erase the U.S. debt.

The boy’s unscripted comment, in which he suggested that Americans “kill everyone in China,” came during a comedy bit in which youngsters commented on news events. The skit, aimed at poking fun at childish politicians, aired last week on Kimmel’s late-night talk show.

ABC’s apology came in response to a complaint from a group called 80-20 that identifies itself as a pan-Asian-American political organization. In an Oct. 25 letter to the group, ABC said it would never purposefully do anything to upset the Chinese, Asian or other communities. The network says the skit will be edited out of the Jimmy Kimmel Live episode for future airings or any other distribution, including online.

We would never purposefully broadcast anything to upset the Chinese community, Asian community, anyone of Chinese descent of any community at large,” the ABC said in the letter. “Our objective is to entertain.”

The ABC stressed that they’ve “taken swift action” and removed it from all platforms and promised to “edit it out of any future airing of the show.”

Critics said that Kimmel was wrong for not stopping the comment and failing to explain to the children that it was not the right idea, and even worse the ABC failed to remove the comment from the show.

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Chinese community rallies against Jimmy Kimmel for ‘kill everyone in China’ comment

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Overseas Chinese communities and domestic Chinese citizens alike have rallied together against US comedian Jimmy Kimmel and television network ABC for a late night talk show skit that suggested Americans “kill everyone in China”.

The skit, originally aired on the “Kid’s Table” segment of Kimmel’s talk show on October 16, instantly drew ire from the Chinese community, who began a White House petition calling for a formal apology.

The petition called the skit “extremely distasteful and … the same rhetoric used in Nazi Germany against Jewish people.

Since its creation, the petition has received over 35,000 signatures, and according to rules on the White House page, will be reviewed by political staff if it is signed more than 64,283 times before November 18.

A Facebook page accompanying the petition, entitled “Investigate Jimmy Kimmel Kid’s Table Show on ABC Network” has gathered over 2,600 likes and reveals that signers of the petition include Canadians, mainland Chinese residents and Chinese Americans from over 37 states, including California, New York and Texas.

Joe Wong, a Chinese American stand-up comedian, has been particularly vocal in his support of the petition on his own microblog.

I am a comedian,” Wong wrote. “But I’m also Chinese. Some [Americans] dare to make fun of Chinese minorities, but they would not do the same thing to other races. Why? Because when they offend African Americans or Jewish people, the consequences are too serious.

There are millions of Chinese out there, but only tens of thousands have signed [the petition] … Everyone may be busy, but the point of being busy is to give yourself and future generations the chance to live in a society that understands and respects Chinese people. Please grasp this opportunity and sign this petition.

The original clip of the skit has been removed from Youtube, but neither Kimmel nor ABC have responded to the controversy yet.

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Chinese community rallies against Jimmy Kimmel for ‘kill everyone in China’ comment