White House Weighs in on Jimmy Kimmel China Controversy

Friday, 10 Jan 2014 10:17 PM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

The White House has weighed in on a petition calling for the government to crack down on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," a television talk show that sparked a furor in China in October with a joke about killing Chinese people to avoid paying down U.S. debt to the country.

More than 105,000 people signed on to a White House petition calling for an apology after the show, broadcast on ABC, included a segment where Kimmel asked a group of children how the United States should pay back the $1.3 trillion it owes to China, the world's second-largest economy.

A 6-year-old said, "Kill everyone in China." Kimmel replied: "That's an interesting idea."

Afterwards, Chinese-American groups protested outside the California headquarters of ABC, which is owned by Walt Disney Co , and the Chinese Foreign Ministry complained. ABC and Kimmel apologized for the segment.

The White House, which accepts petitions and responds to the most popular ones, noted that ABC and Kimmel have "already apologized independently" and said that the comments "do not reflect mainstream views of China in the United States."

"As the president has stated publicly, the United States welcomes the continuing peaceful rise of China," the White House said in its official response to the petition.

However, the White House also noted that the U.S. Constitution protects free speech and that the federal government cannot force ABC to "cut the show" as the petition had requested.

"It may be upsetting when people say things we might personally disagree with, but the principle of protected free speech is an important part of who we are as a nation," the White House said.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ferguson Shooting Spurs Sharpton Get-Out-The Vote Effort

Friday, 31 Oct 2014 22:03 PM

With Tuesday's midterm elections approaching, the memory of Michael Brown – the Ferguson, Mo. man shot to death by polic . . .

Kansas Urges Judge Not to Rule on Gay Marriage

Friday, 31 Oct 2014 20:23 PM

The Kansas attorney general's office told a federal judge Friday that he should not consider blocking the state from enf . . .

Virgin Crash Sets Back Space Tourism by Years

Friday, 31 Oct 2014 18:55 PM

The deadly crash of Virgin Galactic's spacecraft has dealt a devastating setback to the cause of space tourism, delaying . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved