CBS official rips 'horrific, racist comments' by conservative commentator Steven Crowder

A conservative YouTube host has been accused of making "horrific, racist comments" targeting a local news reporter in San Francisco.

Steven Crowder, the host of the political podcast and YouTube channel "Louder with Crowder," commented on reporter Betty Yu's facial features and described her as having "an aggressively Asian face."

He made the comments during a segment on his show on Wednesday, CBS San Francisco reported, and the remarks were made in relation to the closure of San Francisco's only In-N-Out location for failure to follow the city's vaccine requirements for customers.

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"San Francisco In-N-Out, they've been in a battle with the city over, let me just let them tell you the story, vaccine requirements," Crowder said.

He then played a video clip of a KPIX news segment and said about Yu, "Oh, that is an aggressively Asian face."

“CBS Television Stations and KPIX 5 fully support our colleague Betty Yu and condemn the horrific, racist comments directed at Betty as well as the other demeaning Asian stereotypes spread during Steven Crowder’s program on Wednesday,” a joint statement issued Wednesday by CBS Television Stations President Mitchell and KPIX-TV San Francisco President/GM Kevin Walsh said.

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"These hateful and offensive remarks are outrageous and destructive and reaffirm the importance of our work as journalists to shine a light on anti-Asian violence and hate speech when it occurs,” the statement added.

The Bay Area chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association also denounced Crowder's comments and said they "condemn comments that create an unsafe environment for journalists, especially women of color."

Crowder was recently suspended from YouTube for violating the platform's hate speech policy after he made comments against the trans community.

Many commentators online have decried Crowder's comments and said it is "casual racism." 

Steven Crowder did not immediately respond to The Hill's request for comment.

Yu's colleagues also issued a statement of solidarity on Twitter, and NBC Bay Area’s Candice Nguyen tweeted, “He may issue an apology but this showed what he was already thinking.”