Asian-Americans demand Fox News apology for 'racist' TV segment

Fox News anchor Jesse Watters
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Update: Fox News reporter Jesse Watters has apologized for the segment on Twitter, saying it was meant to be taken "tongue-in-cheek." His tweets and the original CNBC story are below.


A Fox News segment that pokes fun at Asian stereotypes is causing outrage online, with many calling the piece racist.

On Monday, Fox News reporter Jesse Watters went to Chinatown in New York to interview people about the U.S. election for a segment on "The O'Reilly Factor" called "Watters' World!" The clip includes Watters greeting people with a bow, asking a street vendor if his merchandise is illegal and asking if people know karate.

Host Bill O'Reilly said on the show that the segment was "gentle fun," but acknowledged "I know we're going to get letters."

The Asian American Journalists Association called for an apology. AAJA President Paul Cheung said in a statement that Fox News missed a chance to learn more about the Asian-American vote, which has not been covered much by mainstream news.

"It's 2016. We should be far beyond tired, racist stereotypes and targeting an ethnic group for humiliation and objectification on the basis of their race. Sadly, Fox News proves it has a long way to go in reporting on communities of color in a respectful and fair manner," Cheung said.

Fox News did not respond to CNBC's request for comment.