James Corden To Change Show Segment After Accusations Of Anti-Asian Racism
You’ve probably heard of English television host James Corden and his talk show ‘The Late Late Show’, which features a recurring segment called ‘Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts’ where celebrity guests will have to either answer burning questions or eat “disgusting” food from around the world.
But despite the popularity of the segment, some netizens have found it to be slightly problematic considering how most of these foods are actually cultural delicacies to natives in Asian countries. In a TikTok video, Filipina and Chinese activist Kim Saira highlighted that certain delicacies like ‘balut’, a fertilized duck egg dish from the Philippines, shouldn’t be considered disgusting.
ok but this is actual Asian food & youre going on live tv telling people how gross it is. thats cringe
Saira’s video resonated with many users who agreed that Corden and his guests were being disrespectful for mocking Asian cultural food and making entertainment out of it. Saira then started a petition demanding Corden to remove or change the segment of the show, issue a formal apology, and donate funds to local organisations that support Asian-owned 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. At the very least, Asian American communities deserve an apology and this segment to be taken off the air,” Saira wrote in the description of the petition, which has since received over 46,000 signatures.
interview on ‘The Howard Stern Show’, Corden revealed that the show will be making revisions to the segment. “We heard that story, and the next time we do that bit, we absolutely won’t involve or use any of those foods,” adding that, “We completely understand. It’s not for us to determine whether somebody’s upset or hurt about something… all we can do is go, ‘All right, we get it, we won’t do that.'”
However, Saira remains frustrated towards Corden and ‘The Late Late Show’ for not airing the statement, which barely felt like an apology from the television host. What do you think? Do you agree with Saira that Corden should formally apologise for the controversial segment?