After Jesse Waters taped his Chinatown segment in Manhattan, Bill O’Reilly said “I know we’re going to get letters (for this one). It’s inevitable.” It’s almost as if Bill knew it was one of the most racist videos they’ve made to date.
Well – Bill was right. Not only did it make headline news how outrageous it was, but another Bill, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, just wasn’t having that kind of “racist behavior” in his city.
Here was the public announcement he made via Twitter:
“The vile racist behavior of Fox’s Jesse Waters in China town has no place in our city. Keep this guy off TV.”
The clip in question shows Watters going up to random Asian-Americans in Chinatown and asking them about the election, karate (of all things), performance-enhancing herbs, stolen watches, and whether he should bow before speaking to Chinese Americans. He even insinuated that a Chinese American had ties to China.
You can watch the Fox News ‘Chinatown’ segment here:
The mayor’s comments come after the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund called him out for it.
The Asian American Journalists Association also released a formal statement condemning the behavior, as well:
The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) is outraged and shocked by the Oct. 3rd segment of “Watters’ World” on Fox News’ “The O’Reilly Factor.” The segment was billed as a report on Chinese Americans’ views on the U.S. presidential election but it was rife with racist stereotypes, drew on thoughtless tropes and openly ridiculed Asian Americans … We deserve far better treatment and coverage than we’ve been given by this Fox News report. AAJA MediaWatch demands an apology from Fox News to our communityand a meeting with the show’s producers to understand how this segment was conceived and greenlit to air. More importantly, we want an explanation for how this type of coverage will be prevented in the future.
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