Fox News aired an appallingly racist segment on New York City's Chinatown

Jesse Watters went to Chinatown and asked people about the 2016 election.
(Image credit: Screenshot/Fox News)

Blatant racism is apparently what constitutes "gentle fun" for Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, who aired an appallingly insensitive segment on New York City's Chinatown on his show Saturday night. In the clip, Fox News' Jesse Watters goes to the Manhattan neighborhood to ostensibly conduct on-the-street interviews about Donald Trump's positions on China, but the final product amounts to little more than mocking the residents with racist stereotypes. "Am I supposed to bow to say hello?" Watters asks two women, while he queries a third about whether they call "Chinese food in China just 'food?'" Watters asks another man if he knows karate — which is historically Japanese.

The segment is also edited to splice in footage from films as "reactions" to the people in the interviews. When Watters asks an elderly woman how she feels about Trump "beating up on China," she either doesn't understand the question or chooses not to answer — a reaction that is punctuated by a film clip of a woman screaming, "Speak! Speak! Why don't you speak?"

While reflecting on the segment, Watters is contemptuous of the residents of Chinatown: "They just sit there and say nothing," he told O'Reilly.

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"It's gentle fun," O'Reilly reassured. "I know we're going to get letters. It's inevitable. But it was gentle." You can watch the clip below. Jeva Lange

Update Oct. 6: Watters has since responded to the torrent of criticism with two tweets.

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Jeva Lange

Jeva Lange was the executive editor at She formerly served as The Week's deputy editor and culture critic. She is also a contributor to Screen Slate, and her writing has appeared in The New York Daily News, The Awl, Vice, and Gothamist, among other publications. Jeva lives in New York City. Follow her on Twitter.