Jimmy Kimmel protesters march down Nicollet Mall

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Tatiana Craine
People gathered on Nicollet Mall to protest Jimmy Kimmel.
More than 50 people gathered on Nicollet Mall last Saturday afternoon to protest late-night talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel and ABC for a skit about China that aired in October.

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Protesters united to demand action be taken regarding a sketch, titled "Kids' Table," from Kimmel's October 16 show where he held a round-table with children, asking them how the United States should solve the foreign-debt crisis. A young boy responded, "Kill everyone in China." Later in the segment, Kimmel revisited the topic and asked, "Should we allow the Chinese to live?" The children appeared divided, replying both "yes" and "no."

Kimmel recently got into hot water with Kanye West after spoofing West's BBC interview by replacing both the rapper and the interviewer with children.

Days after the segment aired, a petition for feedback from the White House began to collect signatures. After garnering more than the 100,000 signatures needed for an official response, the protest has found renewed fervor.

A month after the initial broadcast and amid national protests, a group of people in downtown Minneapolis voiced their opinions on Kimmel and ABC.

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Tatiana Craine
Protesters cried for peace while walking along Nicollet Mall.
Protestors gathered at 8th Street and Nicollet Mall early in the afternoon, equipped with signs with messages like "Fire Kimmel for promoting genocide" and "ABC's killing joke hurts." The group marched up and down a short stretch of the mall, while members of the Minneapolis Police Department controlled traffic along the street.

Organizers handed out flyers with an open letter to the public detailing their grievances and demands for Kimmel and ABC.

Though the group joined in celebration of peace, the event did not pass without conflict. While protesters chanted peaceful slogans, a pedestrian stopped and began yelling at the group. "Kill them all!" he shouted. "Shoot them all!"

For a moment, both protestors and other pedestrians on Nicollet Mall fell silent. The group soon resumed their cry for peace while an officer told the man to cease. The man yelled, "Freedom of speech, it's a free country," before walking away from the group.

While the protestors were visibly taken aback by the commotion, they continued their rally with even more enthusiasm.

Click through to the next page to read the group's open letter:

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34 comments
Gerald Nelson
Gerald Nelson

Guess who is just giving Jimmy Kimmel more publicity?

Eric VonSchliesing
Eric VonSchliesing

" cried for peace while walking along Nicollet Mall". Sounds like a typical Friday night on The mall. Were any protesters mugged?

Jack Skagnetti
Jack Skagnetti

Whoa, 50 people are mildly upset over a bit on television! Look out everybody, this is serious shit!

Ryan Moe
Ryan Moe

Fucking morons! Go protest something helpful. Turn off the TV and don't watch late night comedy. This is what's wrong with country, too many people giving a shit about the wrong issues, and people not knowing what comedy is.

green23
green23 topcommenter

I am beginning to suspect that Abbott and Costello knew the identity of the first baseman all along. Yet they led people to believe that they were confused. Don't people understand that humour is serious?

If it was Wolf Blitzer doing a documentary, these people might have a point.

Nita Waters
Nita Waters

Oh, FFS. I wish I had that kind of time to completely and utterly WASTE. Every single one of those people need to get over themselves and develop a sense of humor. *SMDH*

Jesse Etzler
Jesse Etzler

Just watched the skit. It was the kid who said kill them all. Jimmy didnt say anything offensive. These adults need to grow up and do better things with their lives.

Mike Ostroushko
Mike Ostroushko

THIS is what these fools decide to protest? Who gives a shit, turn the TV off.

Dancing_Matt_Sudduth
Dancing_Matt_Sudduth

This is truly absurd.  The bit on Jimmy Kimmel was blatantly obviously emulating the recent AT&T commercials ie http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H3R-rtWPyJY  The fact that the kids said some truly offensive things was not related to Jimmy's perspective.  He laughed at the ridiculous things the kids were saying.  The fact that people have taken offence to this shows how ignorantly unaware of parody and satire people in our society are.  I would be willing to bet good money the people protesting are the same idiots who think that Steven Colbert's character on the Colbert Report is not a farcical satirical figure, but instead really believe the nonsense he uses to elucidate the ridiculous nature of the arrogantly self-righteous right-wing crazies. 

Lew Stewls
Lew Stewls

Does Obamacare cover the removal of sticks up the butt?

TwinTown77
TwinTown77

I really think our government needs to step in and protect us from the likes of Jimmy Kimmel. 



Joe Winterer
Joe Winterer

Be mad at the little boy. He said it, not Kimmel. Make him a martyr. Street justice!!!

Chris Cloutier
Chris Cloutier

i thought they were mad that kids got their halloween candy taken away

barbertj23
barbertj23

So a lot of people in Minneapolis don't watch Tosh.0 apparently.

Liza Siler
Liza Siler

I hope they freeze their asses off.

Thaddeus
Thaddeus

Jeeze. Where are peoples sense of humor. Crazy

Tim Williams
Tim Williams

Wow,I'll bet Kimmel is so full of regret now.

Chris Porto
Chris Porto

WHat the hell? seriously? It looks like Jimmy Kimmel was using the absurdity of the idea as a joke. the fact that he made it a joke was to illustrate how terrible of an idea it is. These people are just confused I see. Meanwhile, genocide is being carried out in some countries around the world, apartheid in the middle east, indigenous people having their natural resources stolen from then by foreign interests. There are real problems in the world where real kids and people are dying, and they waste their time on this? these people are the worst kind of ignorant. There are so many more things you could be worried about. ugh go back to your gated community, the world has real problems to deal with.

Nicole Schumacher
Nicole Schumacher

Maybe we should be more offended by the people who do actually sit around and discuss if it is acceptable for us to wipe out various parts of the world. Bomb cities here and there. These table conversations have and do happen. It is ridiculous. Skits like that make it super obvious how appalling and ridiculous it is to believe that people in power have the right to use it in such a fashion. You should be offended. Not by a skit though. Reality check your feelings.

Del Bauer
Del Bauer

So, they're protesting a television show filmed in LA in downtown Minneapolis?

moore_amanda
moore_amanda

Well this makes sense. Take the protest to the streets of downtown Minneapolis.. because we all know how much time Jimmy Kimmel spends in Minneapolis. *eyeroll*

TweetsAreYours
TweetsAreYours

Tacky, in poor taste? Sure. But you need to protest your distaste on the streets of Minneapolis? 


Hobby: get one. 

#TweetsAreYours

Gary Welsh
Gary Welsh

Too much time on my hands (T-T-T-T-T-Ticking away) Too much time on my hands (And I don't know what to do with myself) Too much time on my hands

Southsider
Southsider

@TweetsAreYours  Your comments read like an Alanis Morissette song.  Don't ya think?

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