April 26th, 2017 – Fox News was hoping to do a 180 on culture change after ousted Bill O’Reilly’s sexual harassment allegations, but newly promoted on-air host Jesse Watters took them to a full circle 360 spin last night. The self-described political humorist worked alongside O’Reilly providing a segment called “Watters World” during The O’Reilly Factor days. Last night, however, he manned the center seat as co-host of Fox’s The Five. His one-man line that caused the controversy was a seemingly sexually explicit joke about Ivanka Trump.
“So I don’t really get what’s going on here, but uh I really liked how she was speaking into the microphone,” Watters said with a sly smirk and what appeared to be a quick hand job gesture.
The irony thickens when you read Watters’ commentary just before making the controversial quip.
“The left says they really respect women and given an opportunity to respect a woman like that they boo and hiss,” he said prior to the mic line. “And I always thought that Europeans were supposed to be so sophisticated and well-mannered.”
Writer Yashir Ali, a contributor for New York Magazine, Mother Jones, The Daily Beast, was the first to call out the clip on Twitter. Many were quick to highlight the hypocrisy in what the panel was discussing versus what Watters said. The panel were minutes into grilling attendees of a women’s conference in Germany who booed, hissed and laughed at Ivanka after saying her father is a “tremendous champion” for women.
I just noticed Jesse Watters jerked his hand up and down slightly as he joked that he liked how Ivanka holds a microphone. pic.twitter.com/I332JcgoMx
Watters’ alleged oral sex joke comes about six months after landing in hot water over a segment deemed by many as racist. He did a man-in-the-streets style interview in New York’s Chinatown that critics claimed played into stereotypes while being mindlessly ignorant. Following outcry he said “My man-on-the-street interviews are meant to be taken as tongue-in-cheek and I regret if anyone found offense.”
For this incident, Watters’ misogynistic defense was that he was referring to the tone of Ivanka’s voice.
On air I was referring to Ivanka’s voice and how it resonates like a smooth jazz radio DJ. This was in no way a joke about anything else.