I know most of us don’t watch Fox News, and with good reason.
Fox News show The O’Reilly Factor has a segment called “Watters World”, which has Jesse Watters interviewing people on the street regarding several topics, usually divisive and right-wing. Watters specializes in field reports starring random people — often liberals — who are unable to answer his on-the-spot questions. His segments appear designed to comfort conservative viewers with feelings of superiority.
Monday night’s segment was a man-on-the-street report from New York’s Chinatown neighborhood, to ask questions about Donald Trump’s continued ranting about China.
Well, it turned out to be Watters most racist segment yet, and Asian Americans are calling for a boycott.
Show host Bill O’Reilly said, “I know we’re going to get letters” but called the segment “gentle fun.” Watters claimed “it was all in good fun.”
The Asian American Journalists Association said in a statement, “There was nothing gentle or fun about it. It was rude, offensive, mocking, derogatory and damaging. Fox missed a real opportunity to investigate the Asian American vote, a topic not often covered in mainstream news.”
Some of the things Watters said:
“Am I supposed to bow to say hello?”
“I like these watches. Are they hot?”
“Is it the year of the dragon? Rabbit? Who are you going to vote for?”
“So, China can keep ripping us off.”
“Tell me what’s not made in China.”
“Can you guys take care of North Korea for us?”
“Do they call Chinese food in China just food?”
“Do you know karate?”
“How do they dance in China?”
“When you go down to Chinatown, seemed like everybody is aware of what’s going on. Some people say it’s very insulated and they don’t interact with American politics, but it looked like everybody knew what was going on.”
“They’re such polite people. They won’t walk away or tell me to get out of here. They sit there and say nothing.”
“They’re patient. They want you to walk away because they don’t have anything else to do.”