Last week, Fox News’ The O’Reilly Factor aired one of the most racist television segments, like, ever. Correspondent Jesse Watters, who is often referred to as the “ambush guy,” headed to New York’s Chinatown to “interview” (a.k.a. ambush) people on the streets with flagrantly racist questions.
The interviews, which were part of The O’Reilly Factorsegment “Watters’ World,” featured clips of martial arts scenes (news flash, Watters — karate is Japanese, not Chinese), Watters playing with nunchucks and clips from movies like Chinatown and The Karate Kid.
In addition to cramming virtually every offensive Asian-American stereotype into a five-minute video, Watters was also able to dial up the racism even more by accosting immigrants who appeared not to speak English and asking them questions. When they didn’t respond (because they’re immigrants and not fluent in English), the show inserted cricket sounds and old movie clips, you know, just to further enhance the disrespectful tone of the segment.
So the segment aired and naturally, people were pissed. Not only were Asian Americans all over the country offended, but also those who simply don’t condone racism were livid. The show said the segment was in response to the presidential debate’s hot topic issue of China.
(Watters asked an older lady, “Trump has been beating up on China. How does that make you feel?”)
People took to Twitter to express their outrage over the racist segment. User after user decried Watters’ disrespectful and derogatory approach to “interviewing,” and several users even expressed their surprise that Fox News could sink that low.
Anger over this Fox News segment didn’t just stay on social media — people took to the streets to protest in front of the Fox News building in New York City. Even NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio was floored over the segment. De Blasio tweeted, “The vile, racist behavior of Fox’s Jesse Watters in Chinatown has no place in our city.”
7. You Can Bet That Watters Is No Longer Welcome In Chinatown
In a surprising moment, Bill O’Reilly even noted the clumsy stereotyping of the segment, but Watters laughed and said it was “all in good fun.” O’Reilly later called the segment “gentle fun” and refused to denounce Watters’ approach.
10. See For Yourself
Want to see the full-blown racist segment for yourself? Have at it. Just remember that both karate and Mr. Miyagi are Japanese, not Chinese.