You know anyone who starts their bit with a musical riff from Kung Fu Fighting is up to no good.
On Monday, O’Reilly’s show aired footage of Watters poking decidedly unfunny fun at some Chinese people while asking them about Donald Trump.
O’Reilly segued into the clip by discussing Trump’s harsh rhetoric toward China in the first presiential debate. Watters is now trending on Twitter.
Asked for comment, Fox directed attention to two Twitter posts Wednesday by Watters.
Another man said he was backing “Clinton’s wife”, but couldn’t recall her name.
Watters and O’Reilly admit in the video the segment was based on their assumptions that Asian-Americans are “very insulated and they don’t interact with American politics” and the notion that they “sit there and say nothing”.
Even the questions he asked that pertained to the election were just setting them up to look foolish. It cuts to Watters spinning nunchuks.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is disgusted by a grossly offensive Bill O’Reilly Chinatown segment that aired on the Fox News Network.
“It was all in good fun“, Watters responded. “So they had no idea”.
He also acknowledged that “we’re going to get letters” but insisted the segment was “gentle fun“.
Fox Nation, an opinion website that’s an arm of Fox News, described the segment as “hilarious” in a tweet.
New York Times reporter Andrew Keh couldn’t believe what he saw.
At the end of the segment, O’Reilly and Watters laughed about the interviews.
Watters asks all the stereotypical questions: a young man at a grocery if he has an traditional herbs for “performance”; the young woman if “Chinese food” in China is called just “food”; several people if everything is “made in China”.
Even the entertainment world sounded off. I don’t care why.
“I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings“, he told Independent Journal Review last November. “Lemme be on TV'”.
After the segment played, O’Reilly and Watters debriefed about his experience in Chinatown, at which Point O’Reilly sarcastically said that most of the participants understood the current political discourse.
Watters also ran into trouble back in May.
In a statement, Councilmember Margaret Chin, whose district includes Chinatown, asked, “Would Bill O’Reilly or his correspondent treat an elderly Irish grandmother in the same manner?” Watters called it “really small ball”.