The Daily Show correspondent Ronny Chieng ripped into Fox News’ Jesse Watters on Thursday’s episode of the Comedy Central show, calling out Watters for a recent segment that was called racist by numerous groups and politicians, including New York City mayor Bill de Blasio.
For Monday’s episode of The O’Reilly Factor, Watters visited New York’s Chinatown neighborhood to ask residents what they thought of the debate. The ensuing video package — part of the “Watters’ World” segment that airs on host Bill O’Reilly’s program — was rife with racist stereotypes. At one point, he asked a man who didn’t present as speaking English if it was the “Year of the Dragon.”
“It’s actually the year of go f— yourself,” Chieng said on Thursday’s Daily Show.
“What the hell was that? How was that on the news? How was that even on TV?” Chieng added. “Where the f— did this come from? Everyone’s been wondering who’d be the target of 2016’s worst racism. I didn’t even know Asians were in the running.”
At one point in the video, which includes clips from The Karate Kid, Watters is shown practicing martial arts. “By the way, if you’re going to be racist, at least get your stereotypes right, you ignorant sack of sh–,” Chieng said in response to that clip. “Karate isn’t Chinese it’s Japanese, and you’re doing it in a taekwondo studio which is Korean. You f—ing jack off. Jack on, jack off, jack on, jack off. F— this guy.”
Chieng criticized the Fox News segment for not even attempting to use real issues to mock Chinese people, like the country’s high pollution rates or its censorship of the Internet, but noted the latter problem could be a good thing in this case. “No person will ever have to watch your garbage attempt at comedy,” Chieng said.
The segment ended with Chieng himself going to Chinatown to speak with residents about the election, and closed with an extended riff about Watters, who one man called a “chicken-sh– reporter.”
In the wake of criticism about the segment this week, Watters issued a statement via his Twitter account, but didn’t apologize. “As a political humorist, the Chinatown segment was intended to be a light piece, as all Watters World segments are,” Watters wrote. “My man-on-the-street interviews are meant to be taken as tongue-in-cheek and I regret if anyone found offense.”