A Fox News Channel host in the United States has come under fire for making a racial slur against Chinese people, with some lawmakers calling for his resignation.
Bob Beckel, the host of Fox News program “The Five”, has been slammed for using the word “Chinamen” on air last week, and for also suggesting that Chinese computer science students come to study in the US only to pose a security threat.
Judy Chu, a Democratic congresswoman from California, said on Monday that she was deeply offended and that Beckel should go immediately, Reuters reported.
“He condemns an entire ethnic group as being threats to national security and uses racial slurs while doing so,” Chu was quoted as saying in a statement. “The implications go far beyond the Chinese community by promoting a culture of intolerance that has no place in our society.”
A California state senator also urged Beckel to quit. Ted Lieu, who represents suburban Los Angeles and is running for the US House of Representatives as a Democrat, called himself “one of those ‘Chinamen’ with ‘Oriental’ eyes” who immigrated to the US and majored in computer science.
“Beckel’s comments are more than just racist and stupid. His ignorant views are dangerous,” he said.
Beckel also told his co-hosts that Americans should be worried about Chinese people because “there’s billions of them. All they do is hack into our stuff. They send us cheap toys, all of which have lead in them so they kill the kids.”
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