Tuesday, November 12, 2013

80-20 Salutes Chinese Ams & Urges Building Relations

   80-20 salutes the Chinese American community for its persistent, effective and rational expression of concern to ABC regarding ABC's airing of the "kill all Chinese" segment on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Oct. 16. "Jimmy Kimmel Live" is NOT a live show.

   Someone at ABC committed the grievous mistake in judgment to allow that segment of the taped show to air at the expense of all people of Chinese descent and the good image of the USA.

   Last Friday, ABC issued a "press release" which clearly stated that it was at fault:

     "On behalf of everyone at Jimmy Kimmel Live and ABC, please accept
      our heartfelt, sincere apology for the airing of the "Kids Table"
      segment of Jimmy Kimmel Live on October 16, 2013.

      The simple fact is, the segment should never have been broad-
Systems we have in place for these types of things did not function

      properly, and steps have been made to try and prevent this kind of
      egregious mistake from occurring in the future. . . . . " (emphasis added)

   80-20 finds the statement completely satisfactory. Please see the complete ABC press release at the end of this email.

   We now urge our community to use this occasion to strengthen our relationship with ABC. Let's now make lemonade out of lemons.

   However, we first want to salute those who led the demonstrations in various cities. Their contribution was huge, and on behalf of 80-20's Boards, I want to express our deep appreciation.

   80-20 played a different role. We first induced ABC to apologize verbally and in writing. Indeed, ABC's press release last Friday may be partially related to 80-20 President S. B. Woo's live interview on CCTV last Thursday. During the interview Woo urged ABC to issue another apology to the demonstrators, if it'd win their satisfaction, and began the process of building a harmonious relationship with ABC.

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   ABC 's VP Tim McNeal, VP on Talent Development and Diversity, has repeatedly said to Woo that ABC wishes to have more of our actors, directors, producers and play writers. We believe this is the way to build deeper relations, especially when ABC assured "steps have been made to try and prevent this kind of egregious mistake from occurring in the future."   It's time to heal & build.


S. B. Woo, a volunteer
President, 80-20 National Asian Am Pol 2ae itical Action Committee
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