Thursday on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” host Bill O’Reilly and producer Jesse Watters engaged in a discussion of the changing demographics of the U.S. and noted, with puzzlement, that many Asian-Americans are voting Democratic. According to Media Matters, O’Reilly suggested that this is surprising because “Asian people are not liberal, you know, by nature.”
“But you know what’s shocking?” he continued, “35 percent of the Hawaiian population is Asian, and Asian people are not liberal, you know, by nature. They’re usually more industrious and hard-working.”
O’Reilly’s views on race have landed him in hot water before, such as the time he incredulously informed his radio listening audience that he had gone to dine at Sylvia’s, an upscale soul food restaurant in Harlem, and was shocked to find the patrons sitting upright at tables and eating with silverware.
“I couldn’t get over the fact that there was no difference between Sylvia’s restaurant and any other restaurant in New York City,” he said in September of 2007. “There wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming, ‘M-Fer, I want more iced tea.’”
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Most liberals are industrious and hard working.
1/7/2013 4:58:10 AM
Oh noes, these people aren't fitting my bigoted world-view!!
1/7/2013 5:46:15 AM
LDM, you took the words right out of my mouth!
1/7/2013 6:02:40 AM
Asian people are not liberal, you know, by nature. They’re usually more industrious and hard-working.
Again, this is going to be Romney's legacy to conservatives: The belief that all liberals are lazy, shiftless welfare recipients. So anyone who works hard must be a God-fearing conservative according to these idiots who isolate their brains and never look at the big picture. This is why Republicans consistently misunderstand what people are really thinking out there.
“There wasn’t one person in Sylvia’s who was screaming, ‘M-Fer, I want more iced tea.’”
He almost sounds disappointed.
1/7/2013 7:29:39 AM
@ Doubting Thomas:
Romney's? Didn't this belief exist (and was widespread) long before Romney?
1/7/2013 7:31:46 AM
I'm sure it did, but Romney just solidified this belief among Republicans with his 47% comment. Now that he lost I'm sure they think that most people in the country are lazy bums on welfare.
1/7/2013 7:37:51 AM
Well, O’Reilly can still not believe that there are white people that would vote for a black man as president, so this doesn’t surprise me at all.
What does surprise me is that he still has a TV show and is considered a respectable expert by some…
1/7/2013 8:30:02 AM
You know what's also a stereotype about asian people? They're better at math than white people.
1/7/2013 8:58:17 AM
O'Reilly. It wasn't that long ago (on the historical timescale) that anyone with that last name would be unable to find work and be considered a filthy, uncivilized drain on society. Now an O'Reilly has a national cable TV show. You may want to rethink your position on "changing demographics". I don't think you're intellectually honest enough to do that but I had to say it anyway.
1/7/2013 11:03:36 AM
And they're martial arts masters who mix-up their Rs & Ls, work at dry cleaners & laundromats & rent all their possessions!
Hey, if we're going to bring up "goofy Asian stereotypes", might as well go for the whole eggroll!
1/7/2013 11:04:29 AM
Oh Bill, you're an asshole.
1/7/2013 1:30:14 PM
@SpukiKitty: The thing about mixing up Rs and Ls isn't that goofy at all if that person grew up speaking only an East Asian language - because none of those actually have a difference between the two. But than again, "learning" Korean I wanted smash my head in over the difference between o and eo (fucking FSTDT can't save Unicode here…)
Also I was making a snarky point about cherry-picking stereotypes.
1/7/2013 3:43:48 PM
Tell me, how does this douchebag continue to get airtime?
The networks have fired announcers on the spot for lesser racist remarks.
1/7/2013 4:04:02 PM
Ah, I see.
1/7/2013 4:10:08 PM
Bill is a racist fuckwad, we already knew this.
1/7/2013 6:35:23 PM
Bill O' Reilly is a professional shit stirrer, and panders to bigots in his audience. Nothing that comes out of his mouths surprises me anymore.
1/8/2013 3:47:15 AM
They’re usually more industrious and hard-working.
It's possible to be liberal and industrious or hard-working. It's possible to make comments without being tautalogical.
1/8/2013 3:23:26 PM
Can I just say how odd it is that all the stereotypes about Asian people are so flattering? Apparently, they're all unbelievably smart and possessed of a very good work ethic. Oh no?
1/10/2013 8:25:40 AM
Rabbit of Caerbannog
Clearly you haven't heard the stereotypes that Asians are rude or bad drivers, or that Asian men are poorly endowed, or that Asian women are naturally submissive.
1/10/2013 11:47:53 AM
And this man has a widely-watched news show... how, exactly?
1/10/2013 10:21:09 PM
Mmmmm... egg rolls...
1/13/2013 9:35:03 PM
They are not liberal by nature.
However, they are not conservative by nature either.
1/21/2013 4:51:35 PM
You know, he would go ballistic if he realised that not just Asians but everybody thinks that guys like him are all the same.
2/23/2013 10:57:42 AM
"Thursday on Fox News Channel’s"
And that is where you fail
2/24/2013 9:43:56 AM