Both Kimmel and ABC have already apologized for a sketch in which a group of children discussed how to settle the U.S.’s outstanding debt to China
Jimmy Kimmel has apologized to anybody offended by the “kill everyone in China” comments made by a child during a sketch, removed the video and even promised not to do the segment anymore. But that’s not good enough for the Chinese government, which called for more “sincere” action on Monday.
“It’s necessary to point out that this is the media’s responsibility to avoid disseminating ideas of racism and racial hatred,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang told reporters in a press conference covered by state broadcaster CCTV. “ABC should face up to its mistake and respond with a sincere attitude to the reasonable demands by Chinese people in America, and prevent a similar incident from occurring again.”
The request follows a large protest outside ABC’s Burbank, Calif. headquarters over the weekend, which was organized weeks after the network offered a “sincere apology.”
“We offer our sincere apology,” the network said in response to the reaction to the Oct. 16 sketch. “We would never purposefully broadcast anything to upset the Chinese community, Asian community, anyone of Chinese descent or any community at large. Our objective is to entertain.”
The White House is expected to comment, too, as a whitehouse.gov petition calling for an investigation of the incident easily reached the 100,000 signatures last week — the amount required to warrant a White House response.