Over 10,000 individuals have signed a petition on Change.org asking for the phase — wherein celebrities should reply private questions or “eat disgusting foods” — to be retired or revamped as a result of it is “culturally offensive” to Asians.
Kim Saira began the petition Tuesday after calling out its offensiveness in a TikTok video that went viral.
“The foods that are presented are meant to be ‘gross,’ as they are supposed to encourage the guest to answer his questions instead,” Saira wrote outlining the petition. “However, many of the foods that he presents to his guests are actually from different Asian cultures. He’s presented foods such as balut, century old eggs and chicken feet, and which are often regularly eaten by Asian people.”
The petition continued, “During these segments, [Corden’s] openly called these foods ‘really disgusting,’ and ‘horrific.’ In the wake of the constant Asian hate crimes that have continuously been occurring, not only is this segment incredibly culturally offensive and insensitive, but it also encourages anti-Asian racism. So many Asian Americans are consistently bullied and mocked for their native foods, and this segment amplifies and encourages it.”
Corden is being requested to take away the phase fully, or revamp it in a non-offensive means. He’s additionally being requested for a “formal apology” on his present, and a donation to assist “Asian-owned restaurants and small businesses.”
Among the explanations individuals shared for signing the petition are, “Seeing my cultures food used as a joke is offensive and lazy. Make better jokes,” and “I don’t support TV ratings through cultural mockery.” Another stated it exhibits a “complete disregard for Asian cuisine and culture.” And one particular person requested, “Who deemed these foods disgusting? A white guy from [Great Britain]? Okay.”
The phase has featured plenty of huge title stars, together with Kendall Jenner, Justin Bieber, Harry Styles, Jimmy Kimmel and Demi Moore, and has continued regardless of it being referred to as out for years for its cultural insensitivity — from Reddit threads courting again to 2016 to a really direct opinion piece on Inkstone from 2018, titled, James Corden, cease dissing Asian meals for laughs.
A rep for The Late, Late Show has not responded to Yahoo Entertainment’s request for remark.
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