What would you do if you ran into Fox News’s Jesse Watters in Times Square while he was doing one of his segments probably mocking gays, women, millennials, Muslims, or [insert any other identity group that is not old, white, straight men here]?
If you’re one of the many people appalled by a recent segment in which Watters ridiculed Asian Americans while walking around New York City’s Chinatown, then you perhaps wish you could turn the camera on him to have a frank conversation about his use of stereotypes of minority groups. Well, Jason Selvig, star of the new Netflix mockumentary Undecided (and, coincidentally, one of the guys who begged Justin Trudeau to run for president of the United States during my interview with him, no hard feelings), did it so you don’t have to.
At first, Watters seems amused and can’t decipher Selvig’s sarcasm, but once Selvig says, “It’s racist, like you like,” it become clear his intent is to draw attention to the anchor’s repeated attempts to lazily label minority groups with broad strokes.
If Watters seems familiar with Selvig, it’s because it’s not Selvig’s first time pranking Fox News. Earlier this year, alongside Undecided co-star Davram Stiefler (both are part of the comedy duo Good Liars), Selvig duped the network into thinking the Trump campaign was handing out Nazi-like armbands.
The pair’s movie, which premiered this month on Netflix, is a collection of pranks they’ve pulled throughout the election cycle, ranging from crashing a Clinton rally sporting “Settle for Hillary” T-shirts to heckling Marco Rubio during a speech, accusing him of trying to steal Stiefler’s girlfriend.
According to many reporters (and their therapists), the election has brought to the surface many of the anxieties Americans feel, whether about being in a minority group or about marginalized people themselves. Thankfully, this election has also sparked critical conversations about persistent inequality and the beliefs that allow it to flourish. Some of these exchanges have been painful, while others have been more enjoyable. It’s nice to see a tête-à-tête that has a little of both.