Jimmy Kimmel hosted a “kid’s table” discussion on the US government shutdown last week, eliciting the usual spate of “kids say the darndest things” chuckles from the audience. But one sound bite in particular stood out. Let’s roll the tape.
“America owes China a lot of money, $1.3 trillion,” Kimmel says. “How should we pay them back?”
The first child to respond, Braxton, suggests — after a bit of mumbling — that we should “kill everyone in China.”
“Kill everyone in China?” Kimmel asks with an incredulous chuckle.
“Okay, that’s an interesting idea.”
“Put a huge wall so they can’t come to us,” says another child, leading to a Great Wall joke.
And then the discussion continues about whether we should really kill everyone in China (is that even possible?), whether America should pay their debts (“Yes!”), and, well, whether we should kill everyone in China. I think the four kids voted 3-1 against the idea.
POSTSCRIPT: We can’t not mention this, though we’d rather not: as reported by SCMP, there’s a White House petition to “investigate Jimmy Kimmel’s Kid’s Table Government Shutdown Show on ABC Network,” tagged “Human Rights.” Quote:
It is extremely distasteful and this is the same rhetoric used in Nazi Germany against Jewish people. Please immediately cut the show and issue a formal apology.
If we find there’s any way to petition this petition, I’ll let you know.
UPDATE, 10/29, 2:15 am: As of late Monday the petition had 55,000 people who really hated the joke, so ABC has been dragged into the ablution of apologizing so that we can all get on with our lives.