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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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iluvmycity
It's FOX news people - if I had a penny every time FOX news had a boo-boo....
baysidedweller
Latest news - Beckel apologizes, that is a good sign.
sipsip1238
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.
baysidedweller
FYI, the call for Beckel's resignation came also from overseas Chinese in US and some of them are US citizens and publicly elected officials.
Your stereotyping Chinese is also offensive.
"are they offended because this person called us Chinamen" YES, at least I am offended and I don't think I am the only one.
"his accusations are wrong" - not sure but even if they are correct, what about NSA's spying on everyone, friends and foe? So what does it matter if it is right or wrong when EVERYHONE is doing the same thing?
"I don't see people from China being any better." - that is not the point we are discussing here. The discussion point here is Beckel used the offensive and derogatory word "Chinaman" on Fox TV.
allan94
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.
Marcus T Anthony
The only head start white people have had in in acknowledging their own racism and then concretising social policy to forbid it and laws to protect racial minorities - mostly due to the Christian introspective tradition, and the culture of social responsibility and sometimes guilt that it engenders. Even the most superficial study of history reveals that human prejudice is as old as human civilisation, and is pervasive across time and culture. The Good Samaritan story - where an individual is willing or look beyond indoctrinated stereotypes to reach out to help an enemy - would be seen as insane in many parts of the world still. Just look at the reactions to my recent suggestions that China be the first to reach out to Japanese to initiate healing. No need for me to repeat those responses here - I'm sure you can imagine them quite easily.
baysidedweller
"Just look at the reactions to my recent suggestions that China be the first to reach out to Japanese to initiate healing"
??? Why should China be the first to reach out to Japan when Japan is the first one to unilaterally nationalized Diaoyu/Senkaku islands? When Japan is the country that will not sincerely repent for past atrocities to the Chinese and Koreans? Why don't you suggest Japan to rescind nationalization of the islands?
"The Good Samaritan story" - we are talking about reality where real lives are involved. If you want to discuss religion, here may not be the place for the discussion.
Show me one country that is the "Good Samaritan" that repay atrocities with "love".
johnsonwkchoi
Just did another round the China and Chinese bashing label as APOLOGY LOL ****www.weidb.com/p5975
leormac
yeah right the US doesn't spy....lol! Guess the chinese are doing it better. Besides Fox News is just a brand, they call it news but it's simply not.
BabyMan
What does the CEO RM have to say about this or is he mad about his ex wife's settlement?

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