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Fox News host’s racial slur sparks online backlash in China

PUBLISHED : Monday, 14 July, 2014, 5:12pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 July, 2014, 10:56am

State broadcaster CCTV ran footage of US cable televsion channel Fox News on Monday showing a co-host making a racial slur against Chinese people, sparking an outcry on social media across China.

The footage ran on news channel CCTV-13 showing an excerpt from last Thursday’s episode of the Fox News programme The Five, where co-host Bob Beckel said: “Chinese are the single biggest threat to the national security of the US … we bring them over here and teach a bunch of Chinamen – er, Chinese people – how to do computers and then they go back to China and hack into us.”

Watch: Bob Beckel Drops A Racial Slur On Fox's 'The Five'

Within hours of CCTV reposting its programme on Weibo, it had been shared some 1,000 times and received more than 1,000 comments.

The story was also picked up by many news media outlets in China, including the Global Times, website 163.com and Wen Wei Po.

The news has also prompted some "Big Vs", or prominent microbloggers who have large number of followers on the popular social media platform Weibo, to comment on the report and repost the news.

Lin Zhibo, an editor of the Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily, said Beckel’s comment showed “that racial discrimination still exists among some ‘white men’.”

Deputy editor-in-chief Liang Jiawen of the International Herald Leader urged the public not to take it too seriously.

“The anchor is simply a big mouth,” he commented.

Beckel’s comments also triggered a backlash and calls for his resignation in the US.

“His [Beckel’s] comments have no place in America, and this is at least the second time he has used racial slurs,“ said Senator Ted Lieu of California in a statement over the weekend. “He must resign immediately”.


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For a start, I live in China and I am Chinese. While calling people names and stereotyping is wrong, I wonder when people in China start realizing that our news programs here are just as racist and stereotyping against people like Americans. Here in China, news like these get broadcasted all over the media in no time and the result is further miscommunication and misunderstanding. For nationalism's sake, people in China are manipulated by its own government and media it controls. Without access to news and information from the free world, Chinese can only look at the outside world through the communist lens, which is, unfortunately, intentionally flawed.
Firstly, by caring about what Fox News say, CCTV is feeding its people rubbish.
Secondly, are they offended because this person called us Chinamen or that his accusations are wrong?
If Global Times or people in the mainland are upset, have they considered the fact that they have been calling others "White-skins" and "****" would be regarded racist in the eyes of the rest of the world as well? Or does it not matter when they are the ones being racist?
What about the fact that when caucasians go to China, they are told a more expensive price for things than they would've had they been Chinese? Would that be regarded as racist?
It is quite funny how people in China operates now, when people wrong them, they kick up the biggest fuss and demand compensation, but then they are the ones breaking the rules, they find a million ways to justify their mistakes without ever changing.
What this idiot from FOX News did is wrong, but to a large degree, I don't see people from China being any better.
Problem with Fox news is they hire some of the most bigoted and ignorant TV anchors like Beckel.
I agree with Ted Lieu that this kind of racial slur does not have a place in today's world and Beckel should apologize and resign.
The feelings of the Chinese people were hurt? Guess what? Fox News is a joke to most educated Americans and is pretty much along the same category as China's Global Times.
The only difference is Fox News isn't backed and paid for by taxpayers...unlike Global Times.
everyone in the world is racist in one form or degree . the white guys simply had a long and strong headstart. dont worry, the rest of us will catch up eventually.
So, how does "Chinaman" -- broken down into China and man -- compare with, say, "Gwai Lo" (ghost chap)? Sure, perhaps there was a time when both terms were derogatory, but I have used it and the Putonghua "Lao Wai" to make fun of myself with my Chinese friends. Even the word "****" has lost most of its negative punch when you hear young black men say to one another, "I ain't your ****." All that means is "slave", as in "do it yourself". Let's talk about real discrimination, the way Hispanics are treated in the U.S., and the way taxi drivers in Beijing drive right past a white person at rush hour to pick up a Chinese instead. This seems a tempest in a teapot. (Make mine Pu'er!) How interesting that when I typed the N-word twice just now, the SCMP's censoring software put it in asterisks.

Dundavid - these commentators on Fox are morons. They tow the line on the 'selected daily topic or buzz word'. Their comments are only worth listening to on The Daily Show or The Colbert Show when you want to have a good laugh.
Much ado about nothing. First of all the word "Chinaman" is not considered polite, but this is clearly a verbal slip up. Unlike many other racial slurs the word "Chinaman" and China or Chinese are very similar. Beckel's point about China's spying is a real issue. Senator Ted Lieu is a "State Senator" of which California has 40. California Senator's are full time legislators unlike many other states and obviously have too much time on their hands.
Chinaman invokes an image of pigtailed , uneducated, and illiterate Chinese who came to America to help build the rails and other projects..
They were mostly laborers from China whose hard work helped build America but was never recognized.
To the ignorant, all Chinese are like the china man seen in movies who are generally lowly cooks and coolies.
China man is s stereo type of Chinese which most Americans have discards along with the name China man.
Well, Fox is stuck in the 19 century in many ways, not just calling Chinese China man.
Is the anger in China over the accusation of hacking or is about calling the alleged hackers "Chinamen"? Except that it excludes women from China, is "Chinamen" an insult? Does that mean we can no longer say, "I'm going to Chinatown to get some takeout"? Do we just say, "I'm going to a large Chinese neighborhood to get some Asian fusion food to bring back to my home in my racially integrated subdivision"?



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