- “The Late Late Show” is getting backlash for its “Spill Your Guts” segment.
- In the segment, host James Corden asks guests personal questions. The guest can either answer or eat something Corden has deemed unfavorable.
- A TikToker called out the show and its host for mocking foods considered delicacies in Asian culture.
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“The Late Late Show” host James Corden is facing a wave of online backlash over his “Spill Your Guts” segment with a new petition deeming it “incredibly culturally offensive and insensitive.”
The Change.org petition, started by TikToker Kim Saira, calls for the removal of the CBS show’s segment in which guests on Corden’s show have to either answer difficult questions he gives them, or eat the “gross” foods that are presented to them.
Kim Saira started the petition after posting videos and graphics to both TikTok and Instagram starting on June 7. Her initial TikTok, below, had 2.5 million views at the time of writing.
@kimssaira ok but this is actual Asian food & youre going on live tv telling people how gross it is. thats cringe
“[M]any of the foods that he presents to his guests are actually from different Asian cultures,” the petition states. “He’s presented foods such as balut, century-old eggs, and chicken feet, which are often regularly eaten by Asian people [sic].”
Representatives for “The Late Late Show” didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
Some of the foods that Corden has called “really disgusting” and “horrific” during the segments include carefully made dishes. According to China Daily, a century egg is not actually 1,000 years old, it’s just made to look like it. China Daily reports that the preservation process involves keeping an egg in “a mixture of clay, ash, salt, lime, and rice hulls” and actually takes between several weeks and several months.
Kim Saira herself, who says in her Instagram bio that she is both Chinese and Filipina, wrote in an Instagram story that her favorite part of eating fish is eating the eye. “I used to save it for last to suck the meat out of it lol,” she wrote.
Kim Saira continued to share that she “was always told that eating fish eyes gives you better vision.”
Esquire called it “the tastiest part” of the fish in 2018, in an essay penned by Maxine Wally, who said the eyes were always given to “the most honorable guest” at the table.
@kimssaira the petition has gotten major traction (sign in my bio) but theres a diff between cancel & accountability culture. lets hold him accountable ##fyp
Though Kim Saira calls for the segment to be ousted, she said canceling Corden himself isn’t the answer.
She wrote in a TikTok video on Friday that “accountability culture” should replace “cancel culture” in this scenario. Kim Saira wants to hold Corden accountable for perpetuating the idea that many traditional Asian foods are “gross.”
“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 says. “So many Asian Americans are consistently bullied and mocked for their native foods, and this segment amplifies and encourages it.”
The petition has already garnered more than 30,000 signatures. If it reaches 35,000, it will be one of the top petitions signed on the platform, according to Change.org.
“I feel that since we’re at 30,000 signatures, it goes to show that firstly, I’m not the only person who feels strongly about this issue,” Kim Saira told Insider via Instagram direct message. “But more importantly, it goes to show that Asian Americans and [sic] allies are tired of our cultures being mocked, or being at the butt ends of jokes.”
She told Insider that her takeaway from the petition’s success is that Asian Americans and allies will no longer stand for aspects of their cultures being used as a punchline. Kim Saira continued, “We have a voice, we are loud, and we will speak up about the things that don’t sit right with us.”