Jesse Watters a correspondent at Fox News has been accused of harassing and stalking for his style of interviews. On Wednesday, a storm of criticism broke out against him on racism for filming, interviewing and mocking the Asian-Americans residing in New York City Chinatown.
According to Identities.Mic, the video piece showed how Watters made fun of men and women who couldn’t speak fluent English or had pronunciation problems. It’s even depicted that two women have been booty-bumped by him and then a caricatured clipping from Austin Powers: Goldmember ,of the Japanese twins have been spliced in.
He speaks in a derogatory tone to the workers in the nail salons, and even a watch vendor is accused by him for selling stolen goods. He even urges men in the street to perform Karate on camera.
It was a Fox News broadcast and appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s show “The O’Reilly Factor”. It was made to get an insight from the Chinese-Americans about their views on the 2016 presidential election and Donald Trump.
According to The New York Times, the five minute video of his had Mr.Watters with nunchucks,getting foot massages,asking loaded questions and making fun of people when they couldn’t answer, because they couldn’t understand. Clips from “The Karate Kid” and “Chinatown” too were sprinkled.
His segment begins with Carl Douglas’ instrumental version of “Kung Fu Fighting” playing at the background. At one point of the segment when a young woman denies to vote for Mr.Trump but wishes to vote for Mrs. Clinton, Watters says “So China can keep ripping us off.”
This provoked the viewers for an uproar and has been denounced by Asian-Americans as “racist”. An apology has been demanded by the Asian-American Journalists Association from the Network.
Angry Asian Man, an influential blog posted “Jesse Watters went for a holy-crap-that’s-so-racist-man-on-the-street approach,”.
Jesse Watters on the other hand has come back on twitter with a reply to his critics by saying that he considers himself as “a political humorist” and regrets for upsetting people. And mentions, that interviews should be taken as lighthearted jokes.