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Fox News Slammed For 'Racist' Chinese Report (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Some media observers are calling a segment on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" racist.

Jesse Watters, a producer and correspondent on the show, is show interviewing a number of Asian people in New York's Chinatown for an Oct. 3 broadcast.

The segment opens with Watters asking two women if he should bow, and asked a man selling watches if his merchandise was "hot" (stolen).

He asks an elderly woman about Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's attacks on China. When the elderly woman does not reply (she did not appear to understand English), a movie clip appears with a man yelling, "Speak! Speak! Why don't you speak!"

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Crickets play when another man does not answer the same question. Watters then asks him if it is the "year of the dragon," adding, "Rabbit?"

Intersperced throughout the segment are quick clips from movies and shots of Watters performing karate moves, swinging nunchucks and getting a foot massage.

The segment closes with some Americanized Asian music.

Bill O'Reilly called the segment "gentle fun," but said they were going to "get letters."

Mediaite.com notes that the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund expressed outrage over the segment.

"This racist mocking of people in NY #Chinatown makes clear that @FoxNews doesn't care about Asian American voters," the group tweeted on Oct. 5. "Seriously, can this @FoxNews @oreillyfactor piece with interviews in NY #Chinatown be any more racist?"

The Asian American Journalists Association said in a statement:

[We are] 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 community and 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.

"As a political humorist, the Chinatown segment was intended to be a light piece, as all Watters World segments are," Watters tweeted, defending the segment.

"My man-on-the-street interviews are meant to be taken as tongue-in-cheek and I regret if anyone found offense."

Sources: Fox News/YouTube, Mediaite.com (2) / Photo Credit: Fox News/YouTube

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