The segment provoked an uproar among social media users, and Asian-American groups immediately denounced it as flat-out racist.
The Asian-American Journalists Association says it is “outraged and shocked” after Fox News reporter Jesse Watters conducted a mocking interview of an Asian-American man Monday night. The organization, which demanded an apology from the network, is reacting to a series of interviews by Watters that, according to The New York Times, traffick in odious stereotypes and are demeaning to men and women.
The Times wrote:
Fox broadcast the interviews on Monday as part of “Watters’ World,” a recurring segment on “The O’Reilly Factor,” the network’s top-rated show. The host, Bill O’Reilly, introduced the piece by saying it had been inspired by how frequently China was mentioned during the first presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump.
But the nearly five-minute video was interspersed with references to martial arts and scenes of Mr. Watters getting a foot massage, playing with nunchucks and asking loaded questions that some residents appeared not to understand or couldn’t answer. Clips from well-known movies were sprinkled throughout the segment, including “The Karate Kid” and “Chinatown.”
The Times reported that a coalition of elected city officials and community members were also upset by the interviews and would protest at 4 p.m. Thursday in front of the Manhattan headquarters of Fox News.
Here’s Watters’ offending interviews:
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