Previous, October 5, 4 PM: Jesse Watters finally issued a statement via Twitter when the hue and cry got loud enough today over an O’Reilly Factor segment he did earlier this week in which he visited New York’s Chinatown. In the segment (watch it above), Watters asked people their thoughts on the election; if he’s supposed to bow when he addresses them; if the watches they’re selling are hot; if, in China, they called “Chinese food just ‘food'”; etc. He also confused his Chinese stereotypes with his Japanese stereotypes, and explained he was foisting himself on Chinatown because Donald Trump has made attacking China a centerpiece of his campaign.
After the segment aired, host Bill O’Reilly spoke to Watters, on camera, and said of the segment it appeared “most of the people knew what was going on.” That surprised Watters, who apparently was going for something else. But the two men agreed the segment was “gentle fun,” aka “all in good fun.” And yet, O’Reilly predicted, “We’re going to get letters; it’s inevitable.”
He was correct.
Among those weighing in:
And, New York’s Sen. Daniel Squadron issued a statement saying: “Under the guise of asking residents of Manhattan’s Chinatown their thoughts on Donald Trump, O’Reilly Factor correspondent Jesse Watters brought the kind of disrespect to my constituents that has been all too common this election cycle: stereotyping, mockery and a thinly veiled disdain for immigrants. Unfortunately, one of the real costs of Trump’s divisiveness is the climate of racism and disrespect it’s made commonplace in our national discourse. That’s unacceptable in Chinatown, unacceptable in New York, and must be unacceptable on Fox News.”
The senator concluded by adding, “And to Jesse Watters: welcome to my district — hope you don’t come back.”