While Jimmy Kimmel and ABC have apologized for a recent skit in which a child suggested the United States should "kill everyone in China" to get rid of the country’s debt, the furor over the skit isn’t dying down, The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports.
Instead, the segment will now receive a response from the White House, after an official petition at WhiteHouse.gov received the 100,000 signatures required to receive an official administration response, the story says.
The petition, started Oct. 19 by "H.Z." from Cedar Park, Texas, reads, "The kids might not know anything better. However, Jimmy Kimmel and ABC’s management are adults. They had a choice not to air this racist program, which promotes racial hatred."
The report notes: "Kimmel’s skit has already prompted several mea culpas, including the host greeting protesters outside his Hollywood Blvd. studio and apologizing in person."
Kimmel reportedly said when he met with protesters: "I come to you with nothing but love in my heart. I’m a comedian, I was trying to make people laugh; I’m sorry that I did it."
The official White House website promises only that staffers will review a petition that attracts enough signatures, and that it will receive an official response.
The petition has received "some rather unlikely requests," THR notes, including this one: "The program is totally unacceptable and it must be cut. A sincere apology must be issued. It is extremely distasteful, and this is the same rhetoric used in Nazi Germany against Jewish people."
The report adds: "In addition to calling for [Kimmel's] firing, the Los Angeles group that assembled in front of the El Capitan Theatre held up signs with a Hitler mustache drawn onto Kimmel’s face."
The original skit can be seen by clicking here.