African American comedian Steve Harvey is one of the more successful entertainers in America.
A self made man, Harvey has built his brand into an empire.
He has gone mainstream.
Talk shows, radio programs, books, films, Harvey’s stunning rise is due to his hardwork, he has earned his way to the top.
Harvey unique style of comedy can be hysterical, but he often denigrates African Americans in the process.
The one big issue that many have with Harvey is his overt racism towards anyone that isn’t black, which is odd, because most of his comic routines were predicated upon generalizing his own people.
Harvey has made a slew of questionable remarks about different ethnic groups, but for whatever reason, it has flown under the radar.
That changed earlier this week, when finally, Steve Harvey was called out for a racist segement he arranged on his television program.
A segement that was offensive to Asian Americans.
From The Hollywood Reporter
Steve Harvey aired a segment on his eponymous syndicated talk show about obscure, absurdly specific advice books. These were niche interest titles like Dating for Under a Dollar: 301 Ideas and How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.
The audience laughed at the latter book in anticipation as Harvey took 15 seconds to gather himself. “That’s one page,” he finally gasped. “’Excuse me, do you like Asian men?’ ‘No.’ ‘Thank you.’”
The comedian then offered a sequel, How to Date a Black Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men — “Same thing. ‘You like Asian men?’ ‘I don’t even like Chinese food. It don’t stay with you no time. I don’t eat what I can’t pronounce.’”
The entire sgement was ridiculous, it’s amazing that NBC Universial would ever allow such an ugly demonstration to take place, or fail to reprimand this windbag after the fact.
This is another example of an annoying double standard that is alive and well in America.
If an Asian television host had made similar remarks about African Americans, or anything tantamount to Harvey’s behavior, the backlash would have been through the roof.
African Americans are not the only minority in this country, and they certainly can be just as guilty of racism as the next person.
Being black or white or green or orange does not absolve anyone, bigoted behavior is bigoted behavior.
Steve Harvey was wrong, and he should apologize.