- “The Late Late Show” has been getting backlash for its “Spill Your Guts” segment.
- In it, James Corden asks guests to answer a personal question or eat something the two cringe over.
- Corden told Howard Stern that he’d keep the segment but adjust the foods used in it.
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Since June 7, people on social media have been called into a conversation about the “Spill Your Guts” segment on “The Late Late Show with James Corden.”
A TikTok user named Kim Saira posted videos and graphics on TikTok and Instagram calling out the show and its host for being insensitive toward Asian cultures by implying that certain foods like cow tongue and fish eyes are “gross.”
Her original TikTok had 2.8 million views as of Friday. A Change.org petition she started that calls for an end to the segment has more than 42,000 signatures.
@kimssaira ok but this is actual Asian food & youre going on live tv telling people how gross it is. thats cringe
Change.org said it became a top signed petition on the site when it reached 35,000 signatures. The site later added a label indicating that the petition would be the top signed if it reached 50,000 signatures.
Corden addressed the controversy on an episode of “The Howard Stern Show” on June 16, saying his show would keep the segment but adjust the foods used.
“We heard that story, and the next time we do that bit we absolutely won’t involve or use any of those foods,” Corden said. “As you said at the start, our show is a show about joy and light and love, we don’t want to make a show to upset anybody.”
The petition says: “Many of the foods that he presents to his guests are actually from different Asian cultures. He’s presented foods such as balut, century old eggs, and chicken feet, and which are often regularly eaten by Asian people.”
Corden loosely described how the show would adjust the foods used in the segment, referring to an old episode featuring Anna Wintour, the global chief content officer for Condé Nast.
“You know, look,” he said, “in the same way that when we played it with Anna Wintour, we gave her a pizza covered in cheeseburgers. Do you know what I mean?”
Representatives for “The Late Late Show” didn’t immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
“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 previously told Insider after the petition reached the milestone. “But more importantly, it goes to show that Asian Americans & allies are tired of our cultures being mocked, or being at the butt ends of jokes.”
She said the petition’s success indicated to her that Asian Americans and allies would no longer stand for aspects of their cultures being used as a punchline.