James Corden has recently come under fire for his famous “Spill Your Guts Or Fill Your Guts” segment, with critics claiming that it is racist against Asians.
The popular recurring bit on Corden’s The Late Late Show, which has featured notable names such as Harry Styles and Kim Kardashian, consists of the comic asking celebrity guest stars personal questions that they would probably rather not answer on live TV.
The celeb contestant then has the option to either answer the question truthfully or eat one of the “really disgusting” foods that Corden lays out for them.
According to the over 10,000 critics, the “horrific” menu items, which include century-old eggs and chicken feet, are almost always from Asian cultures.
A Change.org petition has since circulated online, claiming that the popular segment gets its laughs by “continuously mocking” Asian food and is “culturally offensive and insensitive.”
The petition also makes the claim that Corden’s bit “encourages anti-Asian racism,” as “so many Asian Americans are consistently bullied and mocked for their native foods, and this segment amplifies and encourages it.”
The creator of the petition, Kim Saira, first called out the show’s alleged racist undertones on TikTok after she watched an episode of the show, feeling that the segment was targeting her own culture.
“I noticed that one of the foods that he presented to someone was a balut (a fertilized duck egg), and balut is like, very specific to Filipino culture,” she explained. “It’s a food that I have been eating whenever I go to the Philippines with my grandma and my cousins, so it’s a very sentimental food to me, and I noticed that he was presenting to a guest and calling it gross.
“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?’” she continued in her conversation with TODAY Food.
In her petition, Saira requests that Corden and the producers “completely change the food presented” or “remove the segment entirely.” She also asks for a formal apology from the Carpool Karaoke host, as well as a donation to Asian-American organizations that are working to help Asian-owned restaurants.
Saira recently created another TikTok, encouraging her followers to continue to spread the petition and demand change, but urging them to refrain from "cancelling" Corden.