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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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dunndavid
You lost the argument. You said that the commenters on Fox were ignorant, and I gave you a list of contributors that I said were not "lightweight." "Lightweight", "Ignorant" is there a big difference between these too. You then want to talk about George W. Bush. Huh? What is the connection of GWB to Fox News.
baysidedweller
I disagree. You lost the argument since you are using words without understanding their meanings.
Are you logical?
BIG difference between "lightweight" and "ignorant" - apples and oranges.
lightweight - someone that has little importance or power
ignorant - lacking knowledge or information.
Are they the same?
The same question I ask you: what is the connection of the people mentioned to Beckel?
Did they all used the word "Chinamen"?
Dao-Phooy

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.
XYZ
You call them morons, but at least they know the correct phrase is "toe the line". What does that make you?
sjfore
Um...absolutely, these people are lightweights. On what planet are they otherwise?
ononlam
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.
mfchung
why was my post regarding a rather popular school yard taunt about milking a cow that was suffered by many many overseas chinese deleted when its more offensive for people below to claim there is nothing wrong with being called a chinaman?
wkyken
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.
sjfore
Heh. Fox "personalities" have been slinging slurs at black people, Latinos, women, and LGBT people for years. You notice when they finally get around to Asians? (And no, it's not the first instance.)
dunndavid
You're just repeating things you've read on the internet about Fox News without actually watching Fox News. It Fox did what you said they would not be in business. You're repeating slander. Fox is hated by left media because: 1. It is very successful 2. It tilts to the right. The right similarly attacks MSNBC.

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