|Chinese Americans slam hollow apology for offensive skit
Chinese Americans are demanding a “formal, open and meaningful apology" from ABC, which aired Jimmy Kimmel’s show in which a child called for all Chinese to be killed.
In a statement, the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus said it sent a letter to Paul Lee, President of the ABC Entertainment Group, in response to the skit aired October 16 on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
Kimmel apologized for the skit in his show broadcast late Monday night. CAPAC leaders acknowledged the apology, but representative Judy Chu, who chairs CAPAC, said the on-air apology "lacked substance or sincerity."
“Moving forward, I intend to have an open dialogue with ABC Entertainment Group to ensure that diversity is respected at every level of the organization," said Chu.
Also on Tuesday, in an open letter to ABC and its parent company Walt Disney Company, Haipei Shue, president of the National Council of Chinese Americans (NCCA), which spearheaded the successful campaign to obtain Congressional apology for the “1882 Chinese Exclusion Act,’’ expressed the group's “grave disappointment" with ABC over its decision to air the “insensitive " and “offensive" skit.
“We call for ABC to immediately issue a formal, open and meaningful apology to all Americans, particularly to Chinese and Asian Americans," said the letter.
“More important than issuing any apology," the letter said "we ask and demand that ABC sincerely ask itself the question 'How could we allow this to happen?' and 'What can we do to prevent it from happening again?'"
It urged ABC to start a dialogue with the Chinese and Asian American communities, and come up with an "actionable remedial plan."—Xinhua