jesse-watters

Fox News regularly fights the refrain that it is filled with a bunch of racists and bigots. Given that, one would think that producers would shy away from material that feeds the narrative. If you thought that, then you would be wrong! O’Reilly Factor producer Jesse Watters came out with a “Chinatown” segment this week that was one of the most disgusting things I have seen on a cable news station in years.

As a staunch conservative, I will now explain to you why friends of limited government should vehemently condemn the network for putting this “political humor” on the air.

Conservatives like to think of themselves as politically incorrect, but there is a difference between speaking uncomfortable truths and being a low-life jerk. Jesse Watters does not know the difference between the two because he approached people who did not understand English, asked them culturally insensitive questions, and then exploited their inability to communicate to mock them.

That, dear reader, is not “politically incorrect” — that is mean. And for some reason people on social media do not seem to get this.

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As I told multiple individuals over the past few days, what Jesse Watters did was one step removed from asking a Chinese stranger what “Ching-Chong Ching-Chong” means. The guy literally asked people if he should bow to say hello, if it was the “year of the Dragon,” and if they knew karate. He preyed on the ignorance of an old woman for a cheap joke, and issued a non-apology apology when he was called out by millions of people with a functional moral compass.

What is extra grating about Mr. Watters is that he did what all bullies do — he went after an easy target.

Would Jesse Watters go into a Muslim neighborhood and makes “jokes” to Arabic-speaking women about washing feet in the sink? No.

Would Jesse Watters go into a community of Somali immigrants and joke about child soldiers? No.

Would Jesse Watters go into a Jewish community and joke with people who only speak Hebrew about rhinoplasty? No.

The reason why Mr. Watters created this “joke” the way he did was because he knew he could get away with it in an asian community. If he pulled that level of racial or cultural insensitivity in other areas, then he would have received a black eye and a trip to the hospital.

If you ever wondered why minority groups tend to shy away from the Republican Party, then Jesse Watters’ “Chinatown” is a great learning tool. There is nothing wrong with racial jokes in the appropriate forums (e.g., Comedy Central roasts), but it is certainly beyond the pale to use an immigrant’s language barrier as a springboard for ridicule.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

10 comments

    1. “That’s because O’Reilly has no moral compass and calls the shots.”

      It boggles my mind that people do not get why asking non-English speaking people those questions and then splicing the footage with goofy movie lines is gross. Some Marine veteran/Ex cop argued with me on Twitter about it and bent over backwards to make it sound like I was some sort of social justice Tumblr kid. (And then, hours after he unfollowed me on Twitter, **someone** tried to change my Facebook password. Hmmm. Interesting timing.) I wanted to tag the guy and make fun of him for unfollowing me the second I said something the he didn’t like, but I was able to hold back. Heh.

    2. LOL, I hate the keyboard warriors… AND the ones who can’t win arguments so resort to efforts to ruin lives in tangible ways. That, my friends, is true fascism.

    3. “LOL, I hate the keyboard warriors… AND the ones who can’t win arguments so resort to efforts to ruin lives in tangible ways. That, my friends, is true fascism.”

      I woke up again this morning with someone trying to reset my Facebook password. I must have really hit a nerve this week with someone on this blog, at work for the newspaper, or on Twitter. 😉

  1. Thank you for this,much appreciated.

    “Conservatives like to think of themselves as politically incorrect, but there is a difference between speaking uncomfortable truths and being a low-life jerk.”

    I would so like to tattoo this on a few people’s foreheads with a rusty nail. I’m a big fan of politically incorrect speech, but so many seem to have lost their powers of discernment and are now thinking it just means “I can be a total jerk without consequence.”

  2. How terrible.

    It’s an old thing, and I used to argue this a lot, but it not only falls on deaf ears…but even I’m tired of saying it….

    Most of the problems Republicans and conservatives in general have with the minority vote is their own fault. If I even manage to get that out of my mouth in even a relatively friendly forum, I’ll be flamed to hell, but I can’t argue with my own experience. The truth is most minorities have much more in common with Conservatism than Liberalism and even Libertarianism. But they can’t vote with/for people they believe actively hate them, whether it’s a Democrat lie or an event such as this one…and the latter is far too common.

    It’s incredible the number of people I know that are pro-life, anti cheap welfare and oppose modern feminism…and will pull the Democrat lever at every election over their race.

    The average Republican voter is a good person. They are not filled with hate or feelings of superiority, but being a Democrat (not even a liberal, Asians and Latinos don’t even like that word..only ‘movement’ people really embrace this stuff) is such a strong presence in our community that even a small event like this confirms the bias.

    It doesn’t matter anymore that taxes and regulation are killing opportunities in your hood, or that the people you vote for are creating a community where the wealthy are comfortable and the poor can barely afford to breathe…like in every Democrat run city…You can’t support these people…better the devil they know. It takes an extraordinary level of independent thinking for a Minority to abandon this thought process.

    …and conservatives in general expect minorities to just all of a sudden adapt this level of independent thinking at a massive level? Conservatives can’t even tolerate each other’s independent beliefs.

    1. Chuck, it ain’t that you’re wrong, but… well it’s what Judge Boggs said:

      People on MY SIDE are responsible only for what they said personally, in full-quotation context.

      BUT

      People on YOUR SIDE are responsible for the inferred implications of anything said by anyone who ever held any idea vaguely similar to what your people think.

      (he was speaking of how discussions go nowadays)

      There’s a point of “when” – when does all the good behavior finally pay off? Should we even bother? Liberal does something? It’s excused as above IF even mentioned at all by anybody. Conservative does something? Doesn’t matter if it’s a deputy of the most remote, po-dunk town of two dozen people in the middle of the most remote corner of the nation, suddenly all the work of Conservatives is for naught, it’s broadcast everywhere and every leader has to comment on it. Heck, even if the entire party was filled with perfect angels, false flags become very easy to execute under those conditions (don’t laugh, it happens more often than you’d think).

      So eventually one has to ask, is it really the republicans/conservatives fault? Or is it that everybody’s just grabbing the handiest excuse to avoid having to face their consciences? I guess time will tell…

    2. I agree, sadly we are a nation of sheep who’ve been brainwashed by years of the liberal cult. Sadly it’ll take something major, like WWIII, to save us from ourselves. Even 9-11 wasn’t enough.

    3. Yeah, I could have wrote that for you Nate. It’s the standard answer “If nothing works, what’s the pay off”

      I would suggest surrender, but the negative damage to places like where I grew up is so bad, that I can’t help but keep trying.

      on an aside, the place I did grow up (east San Diego) has improved quite a bit from when I was young…but they’ve had 4 republican mayors since I left…when my neighborhood was a death zone, the mayor was a democrat…this was enough for me.

      Maybe we should look at what San Diego did right…except those real estate prices…ouch.

    4. “The average Republican voter is a good person. They are not filled with hate or feelings of superiority, but being a Democrat (not even a liberal, Asians and Latinos don’t even like that word..only ‘movement’ people really embrace this stuff) is such a strong presence in our community that even a small event like this confirms the bias.”

      I have a good friend who immigrated from Jamaica and lived for a long time in Brooklyn. He was telling me how many of his Democrat friends were open to listening to Marco Rubio because of the way he delivered his conservative message, his upbeat nature, the way he comports himself, etc. And then the Republican Party nominated someone who can’t go one week without putting his foot in his mouth. Sigh.

      The Republican Party needs to nominate someone who can shift the culture in a more conservative direction — not just “The Republican Obama.”

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