Viewers are not happy with some of the jokes on this week's 'Watters' World'.
'The O'Reilly Factor' correspondent Jesse Watters has caused outrage across the net with his segment of 'Watters' World' on Monday (October 3rd 2016), whereby he visited Chinatown in New York to discuss the impending presidential election with the locals and ended up making blatantly racist remarks.
Bill O'Reilly confessed he knew they would 'get letters' for the segment
It was less of a political discussion and more of a 5 minute onslaught of racial stereotypes, whereby Watters repeatedly asked ridiculous questions to members of the Chinatown community regarding their culture in between quizzing them about who they are planning to vote for in the election.
Remarks such as, 'Am I supposed to bow to say hello?', 'Is it the Year of the Dragon?' and 'Do you know karate?' have enraged viewers of the segment, and he even went as far as to ask a street vendor if their merchandise was stolen. 'I like these watches, are they hot?' He said.
He asked one young girl who she was going to vote for, and she replied: 'I really don't want to vote for [Donald] Trump, so Hillary [Clinton]?' His response? 'So, China can keep ripping us off?' Needless to say, she looked less than impressed with the comment. And yet, he carried on with the inappropriate assertions.
'Now Trump wants to build a wall to keep the Mexicans out. Square that circle', he said, latterly referring to the famous geometry problem and hence enforcing the stereotype that Chinese people are math geniuses. To make matters worse, he further baffled the girl with more inane questions like, 'Is everything made in China now?' and 'Do they call Chinese food in China just food?'
Unsurprisingly, people have not only taken issue with the nature of his insensitive remarks, but also his indifferent blending of Chinese stereotypes with those of Korean and Japanese cultures. Watters has since apologised (kind of) for his remarks over Twitter.
'As a political humorist, the Chinatown segment was intended to be a light piece, as all Watters World segments are', he said. 'My man-on-the-street interviews are meant to be taken as tongue-in-cheek and I regret if anyone found offense.'
However, it's not even as though Watters and Bill O'Reilly himself were totally oblivious to the potential controversy of the report. O'Reilly even said after the segment, 'I know we're going to get letters, inevitably, but it was gentle fun.'