Fox News host Jesse Watters recently made racist remarks on The Five, stating that China should apologize for the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). He added that the Chinese had only resorted to eating bats and snakes due to the government’s failure to provide adequate food for all. Watters’ remarks outraged many Chinese people, including Macau casino tycoon Stanley Ho’s (何鴻燊) son Mario Ho (何猷君).
In Monday’s airing of The Five, Watters said, “I’d like to just ask the Chinese for a formal apology. This coronavirus originated in China, and I have not heard one word from the Chinese. A simple ‘I’m sorry’ would do. It would go a long way. I expect a formal apology tomorrow.”
“Because they have these markets where they are eating raw bats and snakes,” Watters continued amid laughter from other co-hosts. “They are a very hungry people; the Chinese communist government cannot feed the people, and they are desperate. This food is uncooked. It’s unsafe, and that is why scientists believe that’s where it originated.”
Watters’ comments coincide with the rising xenophobia and racism against Chinese people amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The Chinese community has responded in anger over the Fox News host’s ignorant remarks. Wealthy heir, Mario Ho (何猷君), expressed his anger through various social media outlets. On Weibo, Mario mentioned that he had found Watters’ Instagram page and encouraged netizens to express their displeasure even though the social network is not allowed in China. Mario wrote, “I’ve found the bastard’s Instagram! If anyone has free time, please go scream at him on Instagram. He wants the Chinese people to apologize? He can go eat sh*t.”
Mario also posted a lengthy rant on his personal Instagram, “If you’d like a ‘sorry’ from the Chinese people, here, you have it. I’d like to represent our nation in saying, we ALL COLLECTIVELY feel very sorry FOR YOUR PARENTS. We feel so sorry that your parents went through nine months of pregnancy, 30 odd years of spending their time, effort and money raising the BIGGEST F***ING SLANDERING RE**** of the universe. Yes we feel sorry, not for the virus (actually we did a great job containing it), but rather for your parents who have to ensure YOU for the rest of their sad lives. F*** YOU.” Many netizens have shown their support in his comments.
Jesse Watters Makes Racist Comment on “The Five”
This article is written by Kiki for JayneStars.com.