After the recent presidential debate mentioned China 12 times, Fox News’s Jesse Watters decided to get to the bottom of what is going on in China by going to New York’s Chinatown. The segment has caused a barrage of backlash from media watchdog groups and Asian cultural organizations. But “Daily Show” senior media correspondent Ronny Chieng was absolutely furious.
“First of all, let me get this straight — they say China in the debate so you go to Chinatown? In New York?” Chieng said confused. “So, when they mention Mexico, do you send someone to Taco Bell? Chinatown is nothing like China! They have nothing to do with each other. It’s like if I want to talk about women’s rights, I decide to go to fox news to get opinions.”
The original footage from Fox News was spliced with movie clips that show racial stereotypes of Asian people from Karate movies to old Leslie Nielsen shows. Watters asked any Asian person he could find questions like “should I bow” and “is it the year of the dragon.”
“No, it’s actually the year of go f*ck yourself!” Chieng shouted as the audience cheered. He went on to champion Watters for the 2016 award for worst racism in the media. “Everyone was wondering who was the target of 2016 worst racism, I didn’t even know Asians were in the running.”
The more Chieng talked about the segment the more annoyed he became with the racism. Specifically citing the movie clips Watters cut in, Chieng was frustrated they weren’t even factually accurate stereotypes.
“If you’re going to with racist, at least get your stereotypes right, you ignorant sack of sh*t!” he said. “Karate isn’t Chinese it’s Japanese and you’re doing it in a tae kwon do studio which is Korean, you f*cking jackoff! Jackoff! Jackoff! F*ck this guy! And, seriously, Mr. Miyagi? Update your reference material. That’s like me making fun of Americans for ‘Saturday Night Fever’ around Mr. T.”
When it comes to valid stereotypes that Fox News could have gone with, Chieng suggests some better options. “If you want to make fun of China, make fun of their high pollution or censoring the internet. This may be good since no person in China will have to watch your garbage attempt at comedy.”
At one point Watters asks someone about Donald Trump attacking China and doesn’t understand why they don’t answer. “A*shole, they don’t speak English, that’s why they’re silent. It’s easy to make fun of someone when they can’t respond. I’ll show you,” Chieng said, throwing up Watters’ photo on the screen. “Hey, douchebag, why do you look like a guy who carries around a pack of roofies just in case? Why do you look like you have a hooker on speed dial? And is it hard to fit Bill O’Reilly’s entire scrotum in your mouth?”
Chieng actually did his own conversations with Chinese Americans speaking a language they actually understand: Human. Some voters said they were waging a protest vote, one man talked about the nuances of the impact Trump has had for immigrants in the United States.
When asked about Jesse Watters a man asked, “The chickensh*t reporter who came here and thought he was funny because he talked to people who couldn’t speak English?” Chieng said yes. “The one who was sent here by the larger chickensh*t who wouldn’t come into Chinatown because he was afraid to do it himself?” Chieng again said yes. “The one with no testicles, who came down here, who said ‘let me talk to some old people and let me put them on camera without asking them and sort of put them on national television and made fun of them in the worst possible way?'” By the end of the string of insults, the man couldn’t even remember what the question was, they were too disgusted.
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