What do you do if someone calls out your racism over disparaging the delights of bull penis?
If you’re James Corden, you — quite literally — no longer put penis on the table.
The story dates back to 2016, when The Late Late Show host welcomed Jimmy Kimmel for a round of “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts.”
Essentially, the recurring game is Truth or Dare involving consumption of allegedly repulsive food.
Featured in the Kimmel installment:
On air, Jimmy remarked, “Wow — it all looks so terrible.”
James called the smell “horrific” and “really disgusting.”
As it turned out, at least some of the items were Asian.
Fast forward to TikTok recently, and a girl’s displeasure with the clip.
Per Kim, negatively commenting on cuisine originating from a geographic location constitutes judging someone according to their race:
“Um, this TV segment is racist AF. This is Asian food. Balut is a Filipino food. They’re calling Asian food disgusting on live TV. Huh. This is literally racist. This is so disrespectful. WTF.”
She also provided a caption:
“Okay, but this is actual Asian food, and you’re going on live TV telling people how gross it is. That’s cringe.”
Kim went on to create a petition, signed by more than 46,000 at the time of this writing: “Remove ‘Spill Your Guts’ Segment on The Late Late Show with James Corden.”
On Change.org, she laid it out:
“During these segments, [James is] 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.”
Kim claimed the program averages “over 650,000 viewers per episode.”
“That means 650,000 people are being influenced to think that native foods from Asian countries are ‘disgusting’ or ‘horrifying.'”
It’s more than that — the YouTube clip’s been viewed over 27,000,000 times.
The result is harm:
“Content like this continually perpetuates and encourages harm and racism against Asian Americans in our daily lives.”
Kim itemized her demands:
- Completely change the food presented on his show to something else, or remove the segment entirely
- A formal apology statement from James on his show, including steps he will be taking to do better in the future
- Funds donated to local Asian American organizations that are working to help Asian-owned restaurants and small businesses
She’s gotten her way — kind of.
“We heard [about the backlash], and the next time we do that bit, we absolutely won’t use any of those foods.”
“Our show is a show about joy and light and love,” James explained. “We don’t want to make a show that will upset anybody.”
Howard countered, “It couldn’t be a more harmless bit.”
Of the criticism, Corden said, “We completely understand. … It’s not for us to determine [why] somebody’s upset or hurt about something. That’s not for us to decide. All we can do is go: Alright, we get it. We hear you. We won’t do that.”
Personally, I’m offended by something else — I just want the chicken to have its feet, the pig to have its blood, and the bull to feel like a man again.
Regarding racism, it isn’t the only sort of allegation not wanting to eat a penis might’ve accrued.
As for James’s vow, Kim told Yahoo Entertainment she’s unimpressed:
“After listening to what he said, to be completely honest with you, I’m really disappointed in this statement, which in my opinion, isn’t an apology.”
James reiterated a new leaf:
“I don’t know when we’re going to do that bit again. When we do, we absolutely won’t use any foods [that offend].”
Will he find foods with no physical origin?
Either way, there’s more offense to be expressed — the game’s got a plethora of instances sitting on YouTube.
Kim also made a TikTok protesting the one with Justin Bieber, which included cow blood/pork tongue jelly as well as bird saliva.
“Bird saliva is a delicacy in Chinese cultures,” she pointed out.
Back to Howard, he’s likely still not convinced of the error.
Stern put it to James thusly:
“Outta the blue, I guess some group of people are offended by this because you are serving foods that are popular in their culture — which, I don’t know what culture this is, but what the [heck]? Who [in the world] is eating this sh–?”
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