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Controversial in American Media
Journalism & Communication
Pages 3 (753 words)
Jimmy Kimmel and the Controversy of Killing all Chinese Citizens BY YOU YOUR SCHOOL INFO HERE DATE HERE Jimmy Kimmel and the Controversy of killing all Chinese Citizens On October 16, 2013, Jimmy Kimmel aired an episode that attempted to satire the recent government shutdown in the United States as well as address the problem of American debt payable to China.
The child’s reaction was to “kill everyone in China” as if this would be a logical and ethical solution, thereby preventing the country from ever having to repay this sizeable obligation. Kimmel’s rather unsympathetic response was that the proposed answer was “interesting” and continued to discuss Chinese citizen murder as a potential solution. These comments and lack of empathy for the position of Chinese citizens led to considerable outrage and allegations of racial insensitivity. High-profile figures in the media have an obligation to stakeholders in society to be responsible, balanced and non-bigoted if they are expected to retain loyal viewership and maintain the reputation of the network sponsoring their continued television appearances. This is a fundamental aspect of being contracted as a representative of the network in which television hosts are employed. However, at the same time, society must also be mature and recognize that satirical television shows often develop concepts and unique programming that challenges the complacency of social values and attitudes. ...
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