Outrage grows after conservative host’s remarks on reporter’s Asian features
A conservative podcast host faces backlash after making racist comments about Betty Yu, an Asian-American news reporter in San Francisco.
During one section of his podcast - "Louder with Crowder" - Steven Crowder said, "Oh, that's an aggressive Asian face" on Wednesday when describing Yu, a reporter for KPIX-TV, a local CBS subsidiary.
He responded to Yu's coverage of disputes over In-N-Out Burger's non-compliance with the city's vaccine requirements.
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KPIX reporter Betty Yu. (KPIX)
He made several comments on Yu's traits, including comments like, “That just means if you were a skier it would be like a black diamond. You would have to stop by with a helicopter. "
Crowder ended the segment by saying, “By the way, the reason I'm saying this is because the reporters are usually like Americanized Asians. So I think it's good. It's a good thing, it's full of Asian. "
Guest host Dave Landau said, "I wish she'd kept her fan."
The clip went viral on Twitter Thursday night and news reporters, online users and networks were quick to condemn Crowder's comments.
Neither Yu nor Crowder responded to NBC News' request for comment.
Yu sat down with KPIX 5 and said, "When I look back, the most terrifying thing for me is the casualness of racism, this rampant hatred and ridicule."
Crowder has made abusive comments about women, the LGBTQ community, and other marginalized groups in the past. He received a warning on his YouTube channel last week and was suspended for a week for hate speech after making transphobic remarks on a video. A channel receives warnings if it violates YouTube's community guidelines. If he receives three warnings, he will be permanently removed from the platform. YouTube declined to comment.
CBS TV station president Jennifer Mitchell and KPIX-TV San Francisco president and GM Kevin Walsh released a statement in support of Yu.
“CBS Television Stations and KPIX 5 fully support our colleague Betty Yu and condemn the horrific, racist comments made on Betty, as well as the other degrading Asian stereotypes that were spread during Steven Crowder's show on Wednesday. We stand in solidarity with Betty, an accomplished journalist and a valued member of our CBS family. These hateful and abusive statements are outrageous and destructive and reaffirm the importance of our work as journalists to shed light on anti-Asian violence and hate speech when they occur. "
Yu's colleagues from CBS and journalists from other networks called on YouTube to take action against Crowder.
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