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NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio: Keep Jesse Watters off TV after 'racist' segment

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) took to Twitter Wednesday evening to demand that Fox News’ Jesse Watters be kept off TV after a recent “Watters’ World” segment on "The O’Reilly Factor" was characterized as racist by critics.

In the segment, Watters visited New York's Chinatown neighborhood to conduct man-on-the-street interviews with passersby about the presidential campaign and Chinese-U.S. relations. Watters asked questions such as “Am I supposed to bow to say hello?” and “Do they call Chinese food in China just food?”

Some Twitter users objected to the segment.

The Asian American Journalists Association issued a statement demanding an apology for the segment, which they said “committed a litany of offenses.”

The statement said, in part:

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.

Host Bill O’Reilly called the segment “gentle fun.” There was nothing gentle or fun about it. It was rude, offensive, mocking, derogatory and damaging.

Fox missed a real opportunity to investigate the Asian American vote, a topic not often covered in mainstream news.

Watters addressed the controversy on Twitter, writing that his segments are “meant to be taken as tongue-in-cheek.”

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