The Kimmel “Kill Everyone in China” Skit is a Disservice to All Americans.
I have followed “Kill Everyone in China” Skit by Jimmy Kimmel and involving little boys and girls with great sadness. I am also saddened by the outrage or lack thereof against this exploitation.
Having viewed the 1 ½ minute show many times over, and the more I examine it, the more this question persists – who gave the lad the idea to “kill everyone in China” as the answer to get out of the 1.3.trillion dollar debt our country owes to China? I have a tough time believing this child came up with it himself – the answer is too coy and much too calculated.
Then was it his parents? Or worse, as many have called the production a skit, was it written by a skit writer for the children to act out and with canned laughter dubbed in? Given the gravity of the disservice, this is a question for the FCC to ask.
I am also saddened that just about all of the outrage against Mr. Kimmel, ABC and Disney is from Asian Americans. The disservice is deeper than a simple affront to the dignity or good feelings of Asian Americans. The question posed by Mr. Kimmel is what is America to do about the $1.3 trillion we owe to China. Perhaps trillions of dollars owed between nations are really beyond the grasp of children and even some adults, but the underlying question for adults and children viewers alike is that of personal responsibility for the money we owe to another. Mr. Kimmel himself asks “if we owe someone money should we pay them back.” “Never” is the immediate answer from a little girl.
To be fair to Mr. Kimmel he does make a half hearted effort to steer the children around, but the genie is already out of the bottle. Is this the value system we want our children to grow up with and our grown-ups to have in the adult world? That we can simply get out of debts (and other things we do not like or want) by killing the creditor. Sadly we are seeing almost weekly this value system acted out – we have an issue with someone and we go to town with our automatic rifle. Imagine one of the little girls lent $1 to the boy next to her and demanded that her $1 be repaid. What should the boy do?
I would suggest Mr. Kimmel and ABC and Disney make amends by producing more shows in the future to teach the boys and girls that the proper thing to do when one borrows money is to do some chores at home or next door to earn the dollar to repay the benefactor who lent the money in a time of need. This is the lesson on personal responsibility for all American children and one that deserves the attention of all American parents, and certainly not just Asian Americans. A lesson to be taught before the gummy break.
Charleston C K Wang
November 6, 2013