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Fox News asked to apologize seriously for mocking Chinese Americans
   2016-10-09 16:09:48    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: zhangjin

A screenshot of the Monday Fox News show, "The O'Reilly Factor", with Jesse Watters asking a Chinese American shopkeeper in Chinatown, New York City whether the watches he sells are stolen goods. [Photo: WeChat]

US television channel Fox News and its reporter Jesse Watters are asked to make a serious apology for the racist and demeaning remarks to Chinese Americans made in a segment of their TV show.

"The O'Reilly Factor" which aired Monday on Fox News shows Watters visiting New York City's Chinatown and interviewing Chinese American voters on their thoughts of the US presidential election and Republican candidate Donald Trump.

In his interviews, Watters asked people if they were selling stolen goods and ridiculed elderly Chinese Americans limited in their English proficiency.
The segment received strong condemnation from mainstream US media and Asian American groups.

Watters was accused of mocking the people he interviewed and demeaning Chinese Americans as if they know nothing about politics.

The Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliation said on Wednesday it was outraged by the "blatant, racist and offensive stereotypes of Chinese Americans."

The Asian American Journalists Association called the segment offensive and full of stereotypes, and asked Fox News to apologize.

As a response to critics, Watters tweeted twice on Wednesday:

"As a political humorist, the Chinatown segment was intended to be a light piece, as all Watters World segments are."

"My man-on-the-street interviews are meant to be taken as tongue-in-cheek and I regret if anyone found offense."

However, Watters' apology has stirred even more anger. Someone responded to Watters with, "that's not an apology", pointing out what Watters wrote meant
"'I'm sorry that you feel this way' instead of 'I'm sorry my actions were wrong'".

Activists, New York officials and African, Asian and Latin-descent Americans protested outside the Fox News headquarters on Thursday, saying Watters' alleged
apology is more infuriating than the TV program itself.

The protesters demanded Fox News make a formal apology, discontinue the segment of the TV show, and take measures to prevent such things from happening again.

Mayor of New York City De Blasio also tweeted to condemn Watters, denouncing his "vile, racist behavior" and asked Fox News to bench him. 

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