New York City’s Mayor Bill de Blasio didn’t just blast Jesse Watters’ offensive Fox News segment about Chinatown, Di Blasio called for Watters to be removed from television.
As I wrote yesterday, a number of Asian-American groups and elected representatives serving New York’s Chinatown district have reacted loud and hard to Watters’ smarmy segment that smeared and stereotyped the community. His segment included such “man on the street” questions as “Am I supposed to bow to say hello?” And to a street vendor, “I like these watches. Are they hot?”
Now de Blasio has weighed in with his own condemnation. He tweeted today:
The vile, racist behavior of Fox’s Jesse Watters in Chinatown has no place in our city. @FoxNews – keep this guy off TV.— Bill de Blasio (@BilldeBlasio) October 6, 2016
While I would not spend a nanosecond missing Watters if he were to disappear from television, I don’t think removing him is the answer.
What de Blasio may not know is that Watters didn’t do the report on his own. As the full video of the segment shows, it was at the behest of Bill O’Reilly. You know, the guy who thinks Trump can’t “bring jobs back” to African Americans because “many of them are ill-educated and have tattoos on their foreheads.”
The fact is, O’Reilly almost certainly approved of the Chinatown segment before it aired. As the video also shows, he certainly approved of it after it aired. And even if O’Reilly were to leave TV, too, there are plenty more at Fox News willing to spread smears and racism.
And it's that ugliness, with all due respect, that needs to be addressed and, if possible, removed.
If you've missed Watters' shockingly offensive Chinatown segment, you can watch it below, from the October 3, 2016 The O'Reilly Factor.
You can read my full write up about it here.
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