Jay Leno Firestorm: Do Koreans Really Eat Dogs?

Celebrities who advocate for animal rights are generally held with high regard. It’s not working out that way for Jay Leno.

“South Koreans eat more than 1 million dogs each year … ” – USA TODAY, Mar 7 2019 

Asian American group demands NBC sever ties with Leno over dog-eating joke

Fox News – An Asian American advocacy group is telling NBC to cut ties with former late-night host Jay Leno after he made an insensitive joke about Koreans eating dog meat.

Leno reportedly made the comment during an episode of “America’s Got Talent,” which recently received scrutiny for the way it treated Gabrielle Union, a former host who was allegedly told that some of her hairstyles were “too black” for the show’s audience.

The dog jokes have been a longstanding issue between the group — Media Action Network for Asian Americans (MANAA) — and NBC, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

According to MANAA, the group repeatedly met with NBC executives, but Leno has “been an unrepentant repeat offender and still has a bizarre fixation with Asians eating dogs.”

“About 2.5 million dogs are raised in South Korean dog farms each year. About 1 million are killed and eaten. The rest are used for breeding with many dogs dying because of the farms’ high mortality rate … ” – USA TODAY, Mar 7, 2019 

“Over a 10-year period, we and other members of the Asian Pacific American Media Coalition (which has met with the networks since 1999/2000 to push for better inclusion and depiction of Asian Americans) met and corresponded with NBC executives about this,” MANAA President Guy Aoki said.

“The sad fact is that in many places where dog meat is consumed, the dogs raised for food commonly endure a lifetime of abuse and often are slaughtered in a manner that is nightmarish in its brutality. Two places in particular where this is true are South Korea and the Philippines.” – Animal Welfare Institute

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“Then-NBC executive vice president of diversity Paula Madison also had a confrontation with the then-Tonight Show host, but the matter only got resolved after the APAMC’s second attempt to go after Leno’s advertisers in 2012,” Aoki said.

NBC declined to provide comment to THR.

In 2012, Aoki reportedly argued that Leno’s comments were harmful because Americans were unable to distinguish between Asians of different heritages …

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