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James Corden's 'Late Late Show' food bit blasted as 'anti-Asian.' Critics issue list of demands.
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James Corden's 'Late Late Show' food game blasted as 'anti-Asian.' Critics issue list of demands.

CBS "Late Late Show" host James Corden has a recurring bit on his late-night talk show called "Spill Your Guts." In it, the host challenges a celebrity guest to a truth-or-dare-style competition wherein Corden and his opponent must answer a potentially embarrassing question or eat a "gross" food.

The foods have included cod sperm, grasshoppers, balut, chicken feet, sardine smoothies, fish eyes, bull penis, bird saliva, cow blood and pork tongue jelly, ant yogurt, cow tongue, beetle jello shots, and much more.

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Now a petition is circulating on Change.org demanding that Corden end his "culturally offensive" game, the New York Post reported Friday.

What does the petition say?

The array of foods considered "gross" by Corden and his producers did not sit well with some members of the perpetually aggrieved, including TikTok user Kim Saira who posted a viral video about Corden's segment.

Content warning: rough language

@kimssaira ok but this is actual Asian food & youre going on live tv telling people how gross it is. thats cringe
♬ original sound - Kim Saira

Why are Saira and her petition signers upset? Because, Saira wrote in the petition, "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."

The Post noted that balut, which is an embryonic duck egg, is a popular dish in the Philippines, and century-old eggs and chicken feet are regular breakfast items in southern China.

The late-night bit, the petition claims, is "incredibly culturally offensive and insensitive" and "encourages anti-Asian racism" during a time when the country has seen "constant Asian hate crimes." It's time, the petition says, that Corden takes his influence and the "perpetual harm" of his "Spill Your Guts" segment seriously:

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.

What about the list of demands?

Naturally, the petition has a list of demands that, if not met, will result in ... well ... Saira never really got around to the "or else" portion of the demand section.

The petitioners' demands:

  • The show must "[c]ompletely change the food presented" or "remove the segment entirely."
  • Corden must issue a "formal apology statement" on his nationally broadcast show and detail the "steps he will be taking to do better in the future."
  • CBS or Corden or "The Late Late Show" or somebody — the petition never specifies who — must donate funds "to local Asian American organizations that are working to help Asian-owned restaurants and small businesses."

The petition currently has 13,543 of its 15,000 hoped-for signatures.

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