They want him to pull the ripcord on this “insensitive” segment.
Critics are petitioning James Corden to retire the “Spill Your Guts” segment of the “Late Late Show,” which they deemed “culturally offensive” to Asians.
“Not only is this segment incredibly culturally offensive and insensitive, but it also encourages anti-Asian racism,” reads the petition, which currently boasts over 12,000 signatures on Change.org. It calls for the removal of the controversial segment, in which the talk show hosts forces celebrities to answer difficult questions or eat “gross” foods. A smorgasbord of A-list celebs has appeared on the “Spill Your Guts,” including Justin Bieber, Harry Styles, Jimmy Kimmel and Demi Moore.
The campaign was started by TikTok user Kim Saira, who went viral for lambasting the program in a viral video.
“The foods that are presented are meant to be ‘gross,’ as they are supposed to encourage the guest to answer his questions instead,” Saira described in the online document. She went on to observe that many of the supposedly disgusting dishes featured on “SYG” — like fetal duck egg, 100-year-old-eggs and chicken feet — are “regularly eaten by Asian people.”
Indeed, balut — or embryonic duck egg — is prized in the Philippines while many Southern Chinese epicures consider 100-year-old eggs and chicken kickers part of a complete breakfast.
The TikTok star wrote that the “Carpool Karaoke” creator frequently calls these delicacies “disgusting” and “horrific,” which she claims perpetuates “anti-Asian racism.”
“So many Asian Americans are consistently bullied and mocked for their native foods, and this segment amplifies and encourages it,” lamented Saira, who deemed the program particularly tone-deaf in light of the uptick in anti-Asian hate crimes.
As penance for the insensitive segment, the petition is demanding that Corden completely “change the food presented on his show to something else, or remove the segment entirely.”
It also calls for the British entertainer to issue a formal apology as well as donate to organizations working to help Asian-owned restaurants and small businesses.
“We are holding James Corden and ‘The Late Late Show’ accountable for their actions, and perpetual harm this segment causes to Asian American communities,” Saira wrote.
The petitions signers seconded her sentiment.
“This needs to be changed to be not be [sic] ignorant and culturally insensitive,” wrote one critic. “Please be more creative and considerate going forward.”
“I don’t support TV ratings through cultural mockery,” fumed another.
One enraged commenter wrote, “Who deemed these foods disgusting? A white guy from [Great Britain]? Okay.”
This isn’t the first time a talk show host has been accused of being insensitive. Last year, Jimmy Kimmel was asked to apologize for resurfaced blackface sketches that aired on Comedy Central’s “The Man Show” (1999-2004), which included him playing NBA star Karl Malone and a parody of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” called “Oprah Jimfrey.”