Thursday, 21 November 2013 - 16:31
Holland's Got Talent Judge Racist Comments Drew Criticism
Holland's Got Talent judge Cornelis Willem Heuckeroth, who goes by the nickname Gordon, has come under fire for making racist comments about an Asian contestant. Holland's Got Talent Gordon’s comments drew criticism from social media users and internet media outlets. Social media users are calling Simon Cowell, who owns the Got Talent franchise, to sack Gordon from the show, according to a news report by NEWS.com.au. Gordon made repeated jokes about Xiao Wang. When Wang said he was going to sing La donna è mobile from Verdi's Rigoletto, Gordon responded with, "Which (Verdi) number are you singing, number 39 with rice?" Wang received a standing ovation for his performance. And Gordon commented: "Honestly, this is the best Chinese I've had in weeks, and it's not a takeaway." Gordon also made a racist comment in Dutch, saying: "He looks like a waiter from a Chinese restaurant." Fellow judge, Dan Karaty, who is an American TV personality, asked Gordon: "You're really not supposed to say things like that to people.