Asian food is great and steeped in super important traditions and cultures including mine. it’s about time America and western countries stopped judging everything by their own standard and taking no one else seriously!!!!
James Corden's The Late Late show features a segment called "Spill Your Guts," where guests either have to answer difficult questions he gives them, or eat the foods that are presented to them. The foods that are presented are meant to be "gross," as they are supposed to encourage the guest to answer his questions instead. 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.
During these segments, he'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.
The media holds so much influence: according to Wikipedia, the Late Late show 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." Content like this continually perpetuates and encourages harm and racism against Asian Americans in our daily lives.
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.
Changes being requested:
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