“The Late Late Show” host James Corden is facing backlash for a segment of his TV show that many internet users consider “incredibly culturally offensive.”
The “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts” segment is a “truth or dare” riff that gives celebrity guests the choice between answering an embarrassing question or eating food that Corden has deemed unappetizing or inedible.
The problem is that many of the so-called offensive dishes are not uncommon in other parts of the world, especially in Asian cuisine.
Foods like balut, a dish of fertilized eggs that is a staple in Filipino cuisine, and chicken feet, an item easily found in Chinese restaurants, have been called “terrible” and “really disgusting.” ” in one Segment 2016 with Jimmy Kimmel.
“I don’t even really know what it is,” Corden said as he presented the balut to Kimmel.
The long-running game is a popular segment of Corden’s show, enlisting celebrities such as Cher, Kobe Bryant, Kim Kardashian, Harry Styles, and Justin Bieber. Chrissy Teigen made an appearance three months ago on the most recent edition of “Spill Your Guts”.
Former fan Kim Saira launched a petition on Tuesday to fight the segment’s cultural insensitivity. With over 13,200 signatures to date, the Change.org petition calls on Corden to change the game or stop it altogether. He also asks Corden to apologize and donate to support Asian businesses.
Saira recently said on the show “Today” that she stopped watching Corden after watching the segment ridicule the balut, a “sentimental food” that she eats with her family on trips to the Philippines.
“I was so confused and I felt like it was a moment where I was like, ‘Oh, my God, like, this is my culture. I don’t understand why he doesn’t care, ”Saira said.
Representatives for “The Late Late Show” did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Comments below the video of Kimmel’s appearance, which has been viewed over 27 million times, echo a similar sentiment. “I think it’s funny that they mostly use Asian food as ‘disgusting’ foods that they will dare to eat. A bit really offensive, ”we read.
“The part where they had traditional Asian food was extremely disrespectful, they could have been more polite or subtle about it even though it was disgusting,” said another user.
On Monday, Saira also posted a TIC Tac which went viral and inspired her to create the petition. The video, which shares his commentary on clips from the balut episode “Spill Your Guts”, has been viewed over 2 million times.
“Okay, but it’s real Asian food and you go on live TV telling people how disgusting it is,” she captioned the video.
Critics also highlighted the need to reassess the presentation of the Asian food segment in the wake of the increased attention to anti-Asian violence across the country.
“Content like this continually perpetuates and encourages mischief and racism against Asian Americans in our daily lives,” Saira’s petition reads.