Are we really all this thin-skinned and politically correct?
First, a steroid-infused behemoth checked himself into a hospital for emotional anxiety and whined to the NFL about being bullied (see my post HERE), and now it appears that all 1.354 billion people in The People's Republic of China have declared war on Jimmy Kimmel.
Last month, for a segment on the juvenility of the government shutdown and debt ceiling crisis, host Jimmy Kimmel convened a panel of first graders, one of whom offered the above advice as the best way out of our debt to China.
Kimmel laughed uncomfortably, said “That’s an interesting idea,” and moved on.
That statement was a small part of the skit, and it was obviously a joke.
Poor taste, for sure, but a JOKE.
This clip shows the offending statement, but not the whole skit, so you do not get a feel for how small a part of the skit it was-this was not a skit about bashing the Chinese.
But after the segment aired, the show began to receive complaints from Chinese-American groups. ABC apologized first, then Kimmel himself, and the segment has been removed from the website and yanked from future broadcasts.
Jimmy Kimmel is NOT a Nazi.
Jimmy Kimmel is not Hitler.
To portray Jimmy Kimmel as either a Nazi or Hitler as such is simply wrong-and quite frankly, in my opinion FAR WORSE than the statement he made that started this mess.
He didn't write the skit. He didn't say the line (he did repeat it). And it was in jest.
The people portraying him as Adolf Hitler are not making a joke.
They are serious.
And if I were to point a finger, which country, China or the United States, has had more violations of human rights over the past few decades?
I'm just saying...
On November 12 on CNN, an Asian-American accounting professor (see-you simply can't trust those accountants*) said she did not feel Kimmel's MULTIPLE apologies were real apologies.
She also said she feared that Americans were going to treat the Chinese the way they treated the Japanese during World War II (relocating them and incarcerating them).
If this woman was not obviously Asian I would have assumed she was Jonathan Martin's sister.
Really? Can someone explain to me how she goes from a bad joke on a late night TV show to fearing that she'll be sent away to a camp?
Next she'll say Kimmel's skit bullied her.
Jeremy Blum, a writer for the South China Morning Post, thinks the backlash has gone too far, and was now operating out of “mob mentality.”
“As angry groups of Chinese Americans continue to wage war over a matter that’s now more than a month old, I can only wonder if this commotion is truly worth it,” Blum wrote.
Blum noted that the bit had no intention of attacking Chinese people, but was meant to lampoon the American government, and that Kimmel’s response—which many say was worse than the six-year-old’s statement, as Kimmel should have known better—was less than met the eye.
Thank you, Mr. Blum for being a voice of reason.
What more do these protestors want?
Is firing Kimmel really enough?
Perhaps he should be made to personally pay back the US debt to China.
Obviously, the only way to achieve justice now is to kill Jimmy Kimmel. And it should be televised on his own show**!
But that event, although it would make for good television, might be considered extreme and will probably not be sanctioned by the FCC, let alone the politically correct Muslim Kenyan socialist ass who sits in the Oval Office.
So maybe these people need to develop a thicker skin. After all, he did not say this to THEM! How many of them ACTUALLY WERE WATCHING?
And if you were watching, why not turn off the idiot box and go to sleep?
These protestors are looking for drama and looking for attention.
I'd like to recommend to any Chinese Americans who really fear that this skit is an indication of a resurgence of Nazi politics and an indication of the camps to come, that there is a place where they can move where I guarantee that there will be no persecution of them for being of Chinese origin.
It's called China***!
I am not jingoistic.
I'd rather see you all take a deep breath, accept this for a joke made in poor judgment, and move on.
But if you insist on creating drama, blocking traffic with senseless protests, making Hitler comparisons and whining about detention camps that were shut down almost seventy years ago, all because of a JOKE...
...well I'll be happy to help you pack.
*before you start comparing me to Hitler, I am an accountant, so I get to make accounting jokes with impunity
**ABC may have actually considered this to boost ratings
***ditto on the Hitler comparisons here-one of my in-laws is a Chinese-American, and while I have not asked her, I will bet she hasn't lost much sleep over the whole affair. Now having a member of the family of Chinese origin may not entitle me to make jokes about moving to China without impunity, so feel free to boycott this blog and all of its sponsors.