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James Corden facing backlash over racist and anti-Asian ‘Spill Your Guts’ segment


by Sarah Finnan
15th Jun 2021

Monty Brinton / CBS

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A viral TikTok video accusing James Corden and his ‘Spill Your Guts’ segment on ‘The Late Late Show’ of perpetuating an anti-Asian culture of hate has gained traction online.

Things pick up speed on TikTok in a way they often fail to on other platforms and oftentimes, all it takes is one viral video before there’s global interest in a topic. It happened a few weeks ago when a Skims advert starring Kim Kardashian blew up over an alleged photoshop fail and it’s happening again now, this time in relation to James Corden. 

Both videos were created by average users of the social media platform and while neither the photoshop allegations nor the idea that Corden’s ‘Spill Your Guts’ segment is racist are necessarily new claims, they have grabbed worldwide attention once again. 

In Kim’s case, her shapewear brand Skims was accused of photoshopping the star’s waist in a promotional video for the underwear line. In the advert in question, Kim can be seen lying on the ground, pulling at the garments to show how they hold their shape. She then runs her finger along the curves of her body to prove how the underwear “moulds to your body as if you’re wearing nothing at all”. Zoom in a little and closer inspection shows Kim’s finger looking very distorted as it moves over her waistline though.

Like many of her sisters, Kim has faced photoshop accusations on more than one occasion. However, while she may choose to let it slide when aimed at her personally, the situation becomes more serious when her money-making escapades are involved. Managing to record the advert before it was taken down, the clip was later posted on TikTok – amassing over 2.5 million views in the process. Calling the star out and asking “who approved of this editing?”, a spokesperson for the brand has since responded to the video saying that the glitch was due to the video “losing its quality during the uploading process”. Make of that what you will.  

@alexkelly2014

Who approved of this editing???#kardashian #photoshopfail #kim #skims #editingfail #kimk #kimkardashian #onceyouseeityoucantunseeit

? original sound – Alex Kelly

Quickly moving on from that scandal – such is the nature of TikTok where fame is but momentary and fleeting – James Corden is the latest celeb to come under fire. Quite a divisive figure, he tends to have a similar effect to Marmite and while he certainly has his band of avid supporters, there are others who just as vehemently oppose him. 

Facing backlash for his “Spill Your Guts or Fill Your Guts” segment, one TikTok user has pointed out that the whole thing is actually kinda racist. A part of Corden’s Late Late talk show in which he asks guests to answer probing questions or forfeit and eat something “disgusting” instead, celebrities are seated in front of a rotating table with an array of different edible items atop it. Ranging from cow tongue to bird saliva, the idea is to convince his opponent to divulge personal secrets rather than eat one of the “weird foods”. 

It’s all very I’m A Celeb,  but there’s definitely a more sinister side to things when you realise that many of the food items are actually considered delicacies in different cultures. In fact, according to TikToker Kim Saira, the whole thing is anti-Asian and very culturally offensive. Posting a clip from the show online, it already has over half a million views so far. Showing Corden and fellow chat show host Jimmy Kimmel inspecting some of the things on offer, the tasting menu includes a 1,000-year-old egg, pig blood curd (both popular in Asian cuisine) and Balut (a fertilised duck embryo common in Filipino food). 

Cut to Kimmel who can be heard saying, “Wow, it all looks so terrible. I know people can’t smell it, but it doesn’t smell good either.” Yikes. 

@kimssaira

ok but this is actual Asian food & youre going on live tv telling people how gross it is. thats cringe

? original sound – Kim Saira

Demanding an end to the segment and a public apology for the show’s use of traditional Asian foods as props, Kim Saira set up an online petition earlier this month. Already with close to 30,000 signatures, the petition condemns the show for perpetuating an anti-Asian mentality – one that has become particularly bad in the wake of the pandemic. 

“We are holding James Corden and The Late Late Show accountable for their actions, and perpetual harm this segment causes to Asian American communities,” a post on the petition site reads. “At the very least, Asian American communities deserve an apology and this segment to be taken off the air.” Corden has yet to address the backlash.

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