“The Daily Show” correspondent Ronny Chieng took a swipe at Fox News correspondent Jesse Watters and his segment on “The O’Reilly Factor” that drew accusations of racism due to its portrayal of Chinese-Americans.
In the original segment, Watters went to Chinatown in New York “to find out what folks think about the 2016 election” after China was mentioned in the first presidential debate.
“Let me get this straight, they say ‘China’ in the debate so you go to Chinatown in New York? So when they mention Mexico do you send someone to Taco Bell?” Chieng asked.
In the Fox News segment Watters asked, “Is this the ‘Year of the Dragon?'” to which Chieng responded, “No, this is the year of ‘Go F— Yourself.'”
Watters’ segment is set to a version of the song “Kung Fu Fighting” and shows the host doing martial arts.
“If you’re going to be racist at least get your stereotypes right you ignorant sack of s—,” Chieng said. “Karate isn’t Chinese, it’s Japanese. And you’re doing it in a Taekwondo studio which is Korean,” he ranted.
When it first aired, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio was among the people to speak out against the Fox News segment. “The vile, racist behavior of Fox’s Jesse Watters in Chinatown has no place in our city. Fox News – keep this guy off TV,” de Blasio tweeted.
Bill O’Reilly defended the bit stating he knew the controversy would come: “It’s gentle fun, so I know we’re going to get letters — inevitable,” O’Reilly said.
Chieng wrapped up his “Daily Show” segment by going to Chinatown himself to speak to people there. When he asked how one woman knew so much about American politics, she replied, “I’m from Queens.”