NEW DELHI — Television host James Corden recently confirmed he’s making changes to the controversial segment, “Spill Your Guts,” on his late-night show after an online petition gathered more than 45,000 signatures.
According to a media report, the CBS show’s recurring segment sees Corden ask his celebrity guests personal questions, and if they don’t provide an answer they have to eat “gross” food.
While it’s been a recurring segment for years, one woman’s social media video calling it “racist” for mocking Asian foods went viral.
“We heard that story, and the next time we do that bit, we absolutely won’t involve or use any of those foods,” said the host.
The video from user Kim Saira has been viewed over half a million times since she posted it, leading her to create a petition on Change.org. In it, Saira called the segment “incredibly culturally offensive and insensitive” and added that it “encourages anti-Asian racism.”
“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,” read the petition.
“Our show is a show about joy and light and love, we don’t want to make a show to upset anybody. In the same way that when we played it with Anna Wintour, we gave her a pizza covered in cheeseburgers,” said The Emmy-winner.
“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.’”
The appeal goes on to suggest Corden and the show make donations to “local Asian American organizations that are working to help Asian-owned restaurants and small businesses,” and to either change the food used in the segment or remove the segment entirely.
As per a media report, Corden had previously defended the game to Howard Stern back in 2019, during which he noted that some of the foods are considered “delicacies” depending on the country you’re in.
In an episode which aired in 2016 featuring Jimmy Kimmel, dishes like xuě dòufǔ (pig blood tofu), balut (boiled fertilized egg dish), and pídàn (thousand-year-old egg) were served as the food for his punishment. Many Asian cultures consider these foods as delicacies. Such dishes have been recurring time and again on Corden’s show, which also includes cod sperm — a regular in Japanese cuisine.
“Spill Your Guts” has featured many celebrities like Kim Kardashian, Harry Styles, Steven Tyler, Shawn Mendes, Justin Bieber, Jonas Brothers, etc.
The 42-year-old recently won a lot of praises for his incredible weight loss which he commenced in January. He revealed that so far, he has reduced 35 pounds.
(With inputs from ANI)
(Edited by Anindita Ghosh and Nikita Nikhil)
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