Why Foxs Racist, Sexist Frat Boy Jesse Watters Will Always Win
Like the evil jock from an’ 80 s slapstick, Fox News’s Asian-baiting rodeo clown will continue to fail upward even when everyone is outraged by him.”>
Bill OReillys top lackey stepped in a piling of outrage on Wednesday when his supremely unwatchable man-on-the-street sketch, featuring blatantly racist mockery of Asian people, ran viral.
For five minutes, Jesse Watters took his smirking dudebro persona to the streets of New York Citys Chinatown to ask Asianssome of whom didnt speak Englishif they do karate, where he can buy some homeopathic herbs for performance, or whether hes supposed to bow to say hello. Carl Douglass tacky hit song Kung Fu Fighting, featuring a quintessential Oriental riff, played throughout the pre-taped package.
It was funny in only the way blackface minstrelsy could’ve beenappealing to the outdated and cheap humor of dehumanizing minorities who seem exotic and foreign to the networks old and predominantly white audience.
The reaction was swift and universally angry across all digital news outlets. Even right-wing blog Hot Air called it a crime against slapstick, and The Federalist, another conservative website, called Watters a jackass and a jerk who conflates being mean with humor.
Literally the only funny thing in the entire ordeal was when Watters attempted to excuse himself by calling himself a political humorist.
As a political humorist, the Chinatown segment was intended to be a light piece, as all Watters World segments are, he wrote, hours after the video blew up. My man-on-the-street interviews are meant to be taken as tongue-in-cheek and I regret if anyone found offense, he added, completing what was undoubtedly a Fox PR-driven effort to get a non-apology out there and move on.( Prior to that, Watters response was to retweet supporters and taunt a critic calling him racist .)
Hell get off with a slap on the wrist. At worst, his segments will go through several high levels of approval from second-floor executives for the next few months.
And so Jesse Watters will always win. And he will continue to rise at Fox News.
Why? Well, for starters, Fox Newss right-wing commentariat gets off on other peoples outrage. It feeds their own righteous indignation, dedicating them material for more segments about how Fox News is under assault from, as OReilly often describes it, the loony far left.
After all, as Watterss shameless non-apology and proud Trump shilling suggest, its your own fault for being offended by his brilliant wit.
To be sure, the internets outrage mills often cry wolf about various offenses, farther providing people like Watters with a sense of accomplishment when they swat the hornets nest. In the high-fiving, self-congratulatory cocoon of Fox Newswhere anti-P.C. culture segments routinely air on its leading gabfestsWatters is just a dude with another notch in his belt.
One of his shining moments was coining the phrase Beyonc voters to taunt single women who support Obama because they depend on government because theyre not depending on their husbands. The list of egregious on-air behaviour goes on and on. And he has continued to rise up the ranks.
This is because Fox News has historically rewarded cheap, often ugly bullshit.