Jesse Watters: Reporter Under Fire For Racist Chinatown Segment

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As you probably know, Donald Trump has uttered the word "China" roughly 47,000 times over the past 18 months.

Why is Trump so obsessed with the economic threat that he feels is presented by the world's largest country?

It's a valid question deserving of real journalistic scrutiny and insight.

But instead of providing anything close to that, O'Reilly Factor correspondent Jesse Watters served up this steaming load of racist horesh-t Tuesday night:

The segment really has to be seen to be believed, but in case you're not in the mood for some bigotry with your morning coffee, here's a brief synopsis:

Basically, Watters harasses residents of New York City's Chinatown, perpetuates every offensive Chinese stereotype he can think of,  and punctuates his "jokes" with clips from The Karate Kid (!), The Princess Bride (?), and ... Vegas Vacation (?!?!?).

Around the 1:00 mark, Watters gets a surprising amount of mileage out of the high-larious observation that some people don't speak English.

Throughout the segment he drops one-liners that would make the hackiest '80s standup cringe.

("Do Chinese people just call Chinese food 'food'?" "Do you know karate?")

Jesse Watters in Chinatown

Needless to say, people haven't been this shocked by anything related to Chinatown since Jack Nicholson got his nose sliced open in '74.

(Hey, at least our corny jokes aren't bigoted and xenophobic!)

The reaction on Twitter was swift and harsh, and this tweet from the Asian-American Legal Defense and Education Fund pretty much sums up the consensus:

“Seriously, can this @FoxNews @oreillyfactor piece with interviews in NY #Chinatown be any more racist?” 

Jesse Watters With Nunchucks

The Asian American Journalists Association demanded an apology for the segment, issuing a statement reading in part:

"It’s 2016. We should be far beyond tired, racist stereotypes and targeting an ethnic group for humiliation and objectification on the basis of their race.

"Sadly, Fox News proves it has a long way to go in reporting on communities of color in a respectful and fair manner."

Watters eventually bowed to public pressure and issued this half-assed "apology":

Jesse Watters Chinatown Segment

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

Yup. The old "sorry if you were offended" routine, which is basically the professional equivalent of "sorry, not sorry."

Sadly, it seems that in a world where presidential candidates tweet about sex tapes, that's what passes or an apology.

Forget it, Twitter. It's Chinatown.

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