Based on this Holland’s Got Talent segment, perhaps the Chinese government should focus its anger on the Dutch instead of Jimmy Kimmel Live.
Before opera-singing student Xiao Wang wowed the Got Talent audience with a performance of Verdi’s “La donna e mobile” from Rigoletto, he sat through a few bizarre racial jabs from the show’s panelists.
Upon introducing himself as Xiao Wang (pronounced “sh·ih·ow wang”), judge Chantal Janzen joked “Oh, that’s okay,” seemingly mocking either the difficult-to-pronounce name or, as Shanghaiist believes, the fact that his name sounds like “small wang” — i.e., a small penis.
Things got worse from there when co-panelist Gordon Heuckeroth asked Wang which opera number he plans to sing. Before the singer could answer, Heuckeroth interjected with his own answer: “Number 39 with rice?”
Later on, Heuckeroth snuck in the word “suplise” instead of “surprise,” mocking the Asian stereotype of replacing hard R-sounds with L’s.
And then the judge went even further, telling the singer that his performance was the “best Chinese I’ve had in weeks, and it’s not a takeaway.”
Hardy har har.
The lone American judge, Dan Karaty, noted at one point how you’re not really supposed to say these things to someone, but an amused Heuckeroth responded with a simple “What?”
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