“They’re calling Asian food disgusting on live TV. Huh. This is literally racist"
James Corden has been accused of perpetuating anti-Asian racism in a segment featured on The Late Late Show.
In a segment titled ‘Spill Your Guts’, celebrity guests are given the option of eating “gross” food or answering a personal question.
Kim Kardashian, Gordon Ramsay and Chrissy Teigen have all been guests on the show.
In one 2016 clip, featuring guest Jimmy Kimmel, Corden offers Kimmel a 1000-year-old egg, pig blood curd and balut (duck embryo). Kimmel said the food looked “so terrible.”
Earlier this week, TikTok user Kim Saira criticised the segment, describing it as “racist af.”
“This is Asian food. Balut is a Filipino food.”
“They’re calling Asian food disgusting on live TV. Huh. This is literally racist. This is so disrespectful WTF.”
The TikTok user launched a petition asking the British TV host to remove the segment from the show, which has since garnered over 25,000 signatures.
“So many Asian Americans are consistently bullied and mocked for their native foods, and this segment amplifies and encourages it,” she wrote.
“I was just so confused and I feel like it was a moment of me just being like, ‘Oh my gosh, like, this is my culture. I don’t understand why he’s making fun of it?’”
In other news, Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M Chu has said he should have made the South Asian roles “more human.”