The blowback to a Fox News segment this week that was chock full of Asian stereotypes has been shrill and swift. Activists, Asian American organizations and publisher associations have called Jesse Watters’s man-on-the-street interviews for “The O’Reilly Factor” racist and demanded explanations.
Then, on Thursday night, “The Daily Show” responded with the kind of indignant critique of Fox News that was a hallmark of a Comedy Central uncover when helmed by Jon Stewart. Ronny Chieng, a stand-up comedian and “senior media correspondent,” took on Watters — how he interviewed aged people who didn’t seem to pronounce English, how he asked questions like “Do we know karate?” and how his shred was spliced with footage from “The Karate Kid.”
“They contend ‘China’ in a debate, so we go to Chinatown? In New York?” asked Chieng, in disbelief, referring to a settled grounds of a segment. “So when they discuss Mexico, we send someone to Taco Bell? Chinatown is zero like China! They got zero to do with any other. That’s like if they brought adult women’s rights, so we motionless to go over to Fox News to get some opinions.”
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Tonight during 11/10c, match Ronny Chieng reports on a Fox News/Jesse Watters extremist Chinatown segment. pic.twitter.com/FTq8HyJ0KD
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) October 7, 2016
Chieng played portions of the Fox News segment, such as when Watters asks an aged man, “Is it a year of a dragon? Rabbit?” and a man does not respond.
“No, it’s indeed a year of ‘Go f— yourself,” Chieng responded. “What a ruin was that? How was that on a news? In fact, how was that even on TV? … If you’re going to be racist, during slightest get your stereotypes right. … Karate isn’t Chinese, it’s Japanese. And you’re doing it in a taekwondo studio, that is Korean.” Then Chieng continued with a garland of things we can’t unequivocally write here.
Chieng also done fun of Watters’s use of Mr. Miyagi clips, imploring a Fox News personality to “update your anxiety material! That’s like me creation fun of Americans for ‘Saturday Night Fever’ and Mr. T.”
“If we wanna come during Chinese people, make fun of China’s high pollution, or a fact they bury many of a Internet, that in this box competence indeed be a good thing given no chairman in China will ever have to watch your rubbish try during comedy,” Chieng said.
Chieng, who is of Chinese skirmish and was lifted in New Hampshire and Singapore, headed to Chinatown himself to ask questions. Pedestrians offering courteous critiques of a choosing cycle in Chinese. One lady afterwards said in English, “I’m from Queens.”
This choosing cycle has had many on a left missing Jon Stewart’s presence on “The Daily Show,” and his epic domestic rants that captured a sold code of “can we trust this?” rage, mostly destined during Republicans and Fox News. Those rants mostly incited into instant viral videos.
On Thursday, Chieng destined a identical code of dubious annoy during Fox and Watters.
As The Fix’s Callum Borchers wrote this week, “Watters specializes in margin reports starring pointless people — mostly liberals — who are incompetent to answer his on-the-spot questions. His segments seem designed to comfort regressive viewers by creation them feel higher to his talk subjects.”
On Wednesday, Watters offering this explanation: “As a domestic humorist, a Chinatown shred was dictated to be a light piece, as all Watters World segments are,” he tweeted. “My man-on-the-street interviews are meant to be taken as tongue-in-cheek and we bewail if anyone found offense.”
The Asian American Journalists Association pronounced in a matter about a segment, “There was zero peaceful or fun about it. It was rude, offensive, mocking, derogative and damaging. Fox missed a genuine event to examine a Asian American vote, a subject not mostly lonesome in mainstream news.”