Did Jimmy Kimmel show Asians as bad drivers?
The ever-outspoken Crepaudia had a complaint about Jimmy Kimmel’s Aloha to Lost special.
I’d watched the special. I enjoyed the interviews with the cast, although the sketches fell a bit flat for me.
However, Crepaudia was offended:
“Did you see Daniel Dae Kim in the Sopranos spoof? Did you notice how he was shown as a bad driver, bumping into things? Any particular reason you slapped that stereotype on the American actor, Kimmel?”
I do think that’s an interesting point. I haven’t seen the original Sopranos episode…maybe that driver was shown as a bad driver? Since Kim’s character on Lost (Jin) was a crime enforcer for a time, it would make sense that he would be the hit man in the sketch.
It’s a stereotype, though, that Asians are bad drivers. If that wasn’t an inherent part of the spoof, it does seem like an odd thing to choose to get laughs on a Lost special. Lost had a diverse cast, and while some dialogue on the show may have had a racial component, that wasn’t the tone of the show.
It may have just been an unfortunate coincidence that Kim was given that bit of comedy to perform, but I can see how it could offend some people.
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.