On The Late Late Show, there’s a recurring segment called “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts” in which the host’s celebrity guests are given the option of eating “gross” foods or answering a personal question.
The specific clip that prompted the petition appears to have originally aired in 2016 and has more than 27 million views on YouTube. It shows Corden and fellow TV personality Jimmy Kimmel asking each other difficult questions or else having to eat common Asian foods, like the thousand-year egg and chicken feet.
This week, TikTok user Kim Saira made a video that went viral on the platform criticizing the game and calling it racist.
“They’re calling Asian food disgusting on live tv,” Saira wrote in the video. “huh. this is literally racist. this is so disrespectful wtf.”
Saira told Today Food: “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?'”
The TikTok user is also behind the Change.org petition calling for the segment to be removed from the show. It had almost 15,000 signatures on it at the time of publishing.
“Many of the foods that he presents to his guests are actually from different Asian cultures,” Saira wrote in the petition. “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, he’s openly called these foods ‘really disgusting,’ and ‘horrific.'”
The petition references the rise in anti-Asian hate crimes in recent months in the U.S. and suggests that segments disparaging some common Asian foods contribute negatively towards the perception of Asian people in America.
“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,” Saira wrote. “So many Asian Americans are consistently bullied and mocked for their native foods, and this segment amplifies and encourages it.”
The petition is calling for a formal apology from Corden on his show, “including steps he will be taking to do better in the future” as well as a donation to local Asian American organizations that are working to help Asian-owned restaurants and small businesses.
Newsweek has reached out to Corden’s representatives for comment.
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