San José, CA –In light of the October 16, 2013 “Kids Table” segment of the Jimmy Kimmel show, Councilmember Kansen Chu will join community leaders for a rally against the use of hate crimes, hate speech and the promotion of violence on Friday, November 1, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at San José City Hall located at 200 East Santa Clara St., San Jose. Everyone is invited to participate in the rally.
In the “Kids Table” segment, Jimmy Kimmel was discussing the recent federal government shutdown with four children. During the segment, one child declared than a way of solving the United States’ debt obligations to China is to “kill all the Chinese.” Mr. Kimmel’s response to the child was irresponsible, unnecessary, and unacceptable when he stated, “That’s an interesting idea. Should we allow the Chinese to live?”
“As the adult at the table, I expected Mr. Kimmel to have taken the opportunity to show that violence, hate speech against anybody, not just the Chinese, is never a joke or acceptable for a comedy sketch,” said Chu. “Mr. Kimmel’s inaction during the segment of the show and ABC Network’s decision to not edit out this segment for being inappropriate makes both parties responsible for teaching our children that killing others is acceptable.”
In addition to joining him for the rally, Councilmember Chu is asking the community for their support in writing letters to ABC Network, urging the network to terminate the show, fire Jimmy Kimmel, and establish policy to prevent similar instances from occurring in the future. Letters can be sent to:
47 West 66th Street
New York, NY10023