James Corden is under pressure to put the kibosh on one of his most popular skits, one that has been dubbed “culturally insensitive” to Asians.
The segment in question is the “Spill Your Guts” segment of the “Late Late Show.” In that skit, James and another celebrity force each other to eat “gross” food if they refuse to answer a certain question (usually it’s a personal or financial question, all but encouraging the stars to eating the food).
Thus far, over 15,000 people have signed a petition to end the segment.
The food, the petition claims, are almost always from Asian cultures.
“Many of the foods that he presents to his guests are actually from different Asian cultures,” the petition on change.org says. “He’s presented foods such as balut, century old eggs, and chicken feet, and which are often regularly eaten by Asian people.”
“During these segments, [James] is 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,” the petition continues. “So many Asian Americans are consistently bullied and mocked for their native foods, and this segment amplifies and encourages it.”
For at least five years, a slew of A-listers have participated in the “Spill Your Guts” segment, including Justin Bieber, Harry Styles, Jimmy Kimmel, Kendall Jenner and Demi Moore.
The petition calls for James to change the foods, donate to local Asian American organizations and to formally apologize on air.
“We are holding James Corden and ‘The Late Late Show’ accountable for their actions, and perpetual harm this segment causes to Asian American communities,” the petition says.