The Daily Show Dubs Racist Fox News Segment 'Garbage Attempt at Comedy'

The Daily Show‘s Ronny Chieng obliterated Fox News on Thursday for producing what he dubbed “2016’s worst racism.”

Trevor Noah’s senior media correspondent condemned The O’Reilly Factor for a recent field piece that sent Jesse Watters to Chinatown to speak to people about the first presidential debate. The segment, which Watters later tweeted was meant to be taken in jest, found him polling Chinese-American citizens who couldn’t speak English about the upcoming election, all because Donald Trump mentioned China 12 times during his showdown with Hillary Clinton.

“They say China in the debate so you go to Chinatown in New York? When they mention Mexico, do you send someone to Taco Bell?” asked Chieng. “That’s like if they brought up women’s rights so I decided to go to Fox News to get some opinions.”

Chieng was especially perturbed to see Watters ask Chinese-Americans about ethnic stereotypes. After asking one man about karate, which is Japanese, it cut to a clip of him in a Tae Kwon Do studio, which is Korean.

“What the hell was that? How is that on the news? …If you want to come at Chinese people, make fun of China’s high pollution, or the fact that they censor most of the Internet, which in this case might actually be a good thing since no person in China will ever have to watch your garbage attempt at comedy.”

Later, Chieng visited Chinatown to ask people what they thought of Watters’ controversial segment.

Watch Chieng’s takedown above, as well as the original O’Reilly segment below.

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20 Comments
  1. JScout says:

    It’s Fox News, it’s filled with hate. And it’s just plain mean. Ronny Chieng is becoming my favorite on the Daily Show now that Samantha Bee and Jessica Williams are gone. He gets better every time he does a segment.

  2. SJ says:

    I found it funny. People are just too sensitive nowadays. Grow some thicker skin, I say.

    • Patrick says:

      I’ll freely admit that playing on racial stereotypes can be funny. That doesn’t make doing it acceptable. Especially for a news organization.

    • peterwdawson says:

      In a society where minority groups struggle for fair representation, playing up stereotypes on a news organization television program in the name of fairly mean-spirited comedy is pretty deplorable. Maybe have thicker skin before coming to defend racism.

      • SJ says:

        Oh, again with this “poor minorities” rhetoric? That victim mentality is what’s holding America back from truly being a unified country. All races should be made fun of equally. But no, beating on white people while sparing everyone else’s precious feelings seems to be the US’ M.O.

        • Is your sense of white power so fragile that it is diminished by treating other people with respect and humanity? The idea that enacting true equality for minorities equates to making the majority “less” is what keeps America from truly being a unified country. Stop fighting for an illusion of entitlement and do what we should have been doing all along: treat others as you wish to be treated.

          • SJ says:

            But, for most so-called “social justice warriors”, it precisely *is* about making the majority less than. And that’s what bothers me. I’m all for equality, but don’t diminish whites while trying to prop up your kind, is all I’m saying.

          • “Your kind”? All I’m saying is maybe start by accepting that we are all the same kind: human beings. Saying we are equal and deserving of equality in action and thought doesn’t diminish anything but a non-existent illusion of superiority.

          • JScout says:

            Well said, tvwillrotyourbrain. Thanks.

        • peterwdawson says:

          Ignorance breeds fear and hate. We need to move beyond lazy, ignorant stereotypes if we’re truly to be unified, and assuming that Caucasian people are acceptable victims because other ethnic-groups are being pointlessly and lazily mocked in the very video we’re talking about. This kind of crap is more the norm than the exception. Yes, we all have our problems, but that doesn’t mean we should just embrace lazy bigotry, especially when important conversations about race are still being ignored.

    • Mary says:

      Do you say that about Trump when people attack him and he whines? Fox is nothing more than a news network for the bigots.

  3. Joey says:

    Jesse Watters is a garbage human being, so it makes sense that anytime he does something, it’s garbage.

  4. Political comedy is hard because it has to be smart. No wonder Fox is so terrible at it. Trafficking in unfunny racist stereotypes and making fun of people who are politely smiling at you because they don’t understand what you are saying is pretty low. I’ll break with the Daily Show and even accept a good Karate Kid reference, but Mr. Miyagi was from Okinawa. But for someone who didn’t even recognize the GIANT Korean flag in the tae kwon do studio, what do we expect.

    Maybe this just goes to show that half the reason Papa Bear was so made at the Daily Show for all those years was jealousy.

  5. Wordsmith says:

    Whether or not you think the Watters bit was funny, (and I certainly don’t) “comedy reporting” has no place on a news channel.
    If you claim to be giving the people the “fair and balanced” truth, then nothing that you air should be taken “in jest.”

  6. sheri says:

    The segment is terrible but Donald Trump is absolutely 2016’s Worst Racism.