This 'O'Reilly Factor' Segment Manages To Be Both Racist And PointlessOctober 5, 2016
"O'Reilly Factor" correspondent Jesse Watters is taking heat for a racist "Chinatown edition" of his segment, Watters' World.
He visited New York's Chinatown to purportedly "sample political opinion" after Donald Trump mentioned China multiple times in the first presidential debate.
But instead of focusing on politics, the segment perpetuates stereotypes about Asian people while mocking those featured in the video.
The segment opens with a familiar "Oriental riff" before Watters proceeds to ask the following questions:
"Am I supposed to bow to say hello?"
"Is it the year of the dragon?"
"Do you know karate? Hit my hand."
The Jesse Watters bit isn't just offensive, it's frightening. Open disdain for otherness. Inviting viewers to join in on the dehumanization.— jen yamato (@jenyamato) October 5, 2016
Somehow not shocked that anti-Asian racism is a-OK with Jesse Watters and Fox News. https://t.co/De6z0I8a3z— Jamelle Bouie (@jbouie) October 5, 2016
The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) has since released a statement demanding an apology from Fox News.
"It's 2016. We should be far beyond tired, racist stereotypes and targeting an ethnic group for humiliation and objectification on the basis of their race," the statement said. "Sadly, Fox News proves it has a long way to go in reporting on communities of color in a respectful and fair manner."
Update: Watters tweeted his response to the segment criticism.
As a political humorist, the Chinatown segment was intended to be a light piece, as all Watters World segments are.— Jesse Watters (@jessebwatters) October 5, 2016
My man-on-the-street interviews are meant to be taken as tongue-in-cheek and I regret if anyone found offense.— Jesse Watters (@jessebwatters) October 5, 2016