As James corden puts celebrities on the spot for The late showIn the “Spill Your Guts” segment, the host himself was criticized for his recurring part. Earlier this month, a viral TikTok created by Kim saira highlighted the ways in which “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts” – a faith-based game where guests have to either answer a high-stakes question or eat an unappetizing snack – perpetuates anti-Asian racism. In the video of Saira, Corden and his guest Jimmy kimmel can be seen in reference to Asian specialties, including millennial eggs, pig’s blood curd and balut, as “so terrible” and “really disgusting”. Other participants in “Spill Your Guts” have included Kim Kardashian West, Gordon ramsay, Justin bieber, and Chrissy teigen.
A day after her TikTok went viral, Saira started a Change.org petition calling on Corden to apologize for the segment on The late show, donate money to Asian American organizations, and remove Asian food from future editions of “Spill Your Guts” or complete the series completely. “As a result of the constant Asian hate crimes that continue to occur, this segment is not only incredibly offensive and culturally insensitive, but it also encourages anti-Asian racism,” the petition reads. “So many Asian Americans are constantly harassed and mocked for their native foods, and this segment amplifies and encourages it.” At the time of its publication, the petition had more than 45,000 signatures.
Corden first addressed this backlash on The Howard Stern Show in June, promising to give the segment a culturally sensitive makeover. “I don’t know when we’re going to start over, but when we do, we won’t be using any of these foods at all,” he said, later adding, “Our show is about joy, light and joy. love, we don’t want to put on a show to upset anyone. Instead, Corden said that “Spill Your Guts” will feature unhealthy theatrical options like the “cheeseburgers-covered pizza” that was once featured at Vogue‘s Anna wintour, he explained.
After Corden’s appearance, Saira told CNN Philippines that she found her mea culpa to be lacking. “In my petition, I specifically asked James Corden to apologize publicly on his show,” she explained. “And the reason I was really specific about this was because I think it’s imperative that its hundreds of thousands of viewers understand the harm that mockery of these foods, rooted in Asian cultures, has on people. Asians who still eat them. “
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