Comedian and talk show host Steve Harvey seems to have an affinity for sticking his foot in his mouth.
Over the course of the past year, Harvey has flown mostly under the radar after being mercilessly dragged for screwing up the results of the 2015 Miss Universe pageant. But now, he has found himself in hot water once again.
On a recent episode of his self-titled talk show, Harvey made cringe-worthy remarks about Asian men that resulted in some heated backlash.
While reviewing a 2002 book called, “How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men,” Harvey essentially declared the book to be useless based on the notion that women aren’t attracted to Asian men.
He said the book should have consisted of a single page that asked, “Excuse me, do you like Asian men?” With a response of, “No, thank you.”
He went on to comment on a hypothetical book for Asian men looking to date black women, “How to Date a Black Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.” “Same thing,” he said of how the scenario would play out. “You like Asian men?” with a response of, “I don’t even like Chinese food.”
Granted, Harvey was laughing hysterically throughout the entire spiel, so it’s evident that he was attempting to be jovial. For many people, however, it was anything but funny.
steve harvey out here calling asian men ugly when he actin as if he don't look like a human mr potato head— out of context kpop (@nocontextkpop) January 11, 2017
Steve Harvey mocked asian men, implying that they are unattractive/undesirable. This is complete ignorance.#Underratedasian— Christy (@cxhaitea) January 11, 2017
I am easily, no joke, a hundred times better looking than Steve Harvey.— Kevin Seccia (@kevinseccia) January 11, 2017
Ive been attracted to TONS of asian men, but ive NEVER been attracted to a Steve Harvey. So theres that. https://t.co/66vCEHKdtG— Sire L. Lamar-Becker (@SireLeoLamar) January 11, 2017
Although Harvey’s comments were clearly rooted in insulting stereotypes, there are real statistics floating around indicating that Asian men and black women are, apparently, the two most undesired ethnic groups to date. This is thanks to unflattering prejudices and stereotypes touted against them, including Asian men lacking masculinity and black women considered to be angry, among others.
Harvey also might be harboring bitter feelings toward Asian men due to some harsh remarks made by President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, who expressed his strong opposition to Harvey coming to his country to host the 2016 Miss Universe pageant set for Jan. 30.
In any case, there’s really no excuse for perpetuating negative stereotypes about people. It is bad enough that we have a divisive and racist president-elect preparing to take office; we don’t need to further normalize this appalling behavior.
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