The Late Late Show host James Corden is facing backlash from some fans over a popular segment in his show. The “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts” game which asks celebrities to either reveal a particular secret or eat some sort of revolting food, has come under fire for racism due to its use of some traditional Asian dishes in its recurring parade of edibles.
Although James Corden and his guests have been playing this game on the show for years, it recently came to the attention of Filipino-Chinese American social-media influencer Kim Saira who took offense. Speaking to CNN, 24-year-old Saira, said she wasn’t mad about it but was more confused as to why they would use a food that was so sentimental to Asian culture.
Then earlier this month, Saira started a petition calling for the segment to be taken off the air due to its insensitive portrayal of Asian foods. She also wants James Corden to formally apologize for the hurt he has caused, and for the show to donate money to local Asian American organizations. The petition has amassed over 45,000 signatures and counting.
And it seems like the petition is working. On June 16th, James Corden visited The Howard Stern Show to talk about the changes being made to the now controversial segment. While the game would still remain on the show, an apologetic Corden said that the dishes being used would be adjusted.
Explaining that his show has always been about joy and light and love, James Corden promised that Asian food won’t be used the next time they do that bit. “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts” will now feature foods that are fattening and diet-destroying in nature. Referring to an old segment with Anna Wintour of Condé Nast, he said they would use stiff like a pizza covered in cheeseburgers.
Although it seems like nothing is safe from cancel culture these days, a change to the popular The Late Late Show game might be the right move this time. As hate crimes against Asian Americans increase, using a difference in culture as a form of amusement is not a good look for anyone. While it might just seem like a case of hurt feelings, it creates a breeding ground for mockery, bullying, and hate which encourages anti-Asian racism.
James Corden is one of the most beloved hosts of Late Night television, so it’s not surprising he’s making the required changes to his segment. His show is known for spreading love and positivity through comedy, and would never knowingly add to a racist narrative.
The Late Late Show with James Corden is the fourth iteration of the series, drawing millions of viewers both locally and internationally. The Late Late Show airs on CBS in the U.S from Monday to Friday nights at 12:37:28am ET/PT, and is taped in front of a studio audience Monday through Thursday afternoons.