Steve Harvey, the comedian and television host remembered for royally screwing up the results of the 2015 Miss Universe pageant, is receiving a whole lot of backlash for his recent remarks about Asian men.
The face of Family Feud crossed a line during Friday’s episode of his show, Steve Harvey, while reviewing a 2002 book entitled, How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.
Through bouts of hysterical laughter, Harvey explained to his audience that this particular self-help book should consist of a single page with the question, “Excuse me, do you like Asian men?” and the response, “No. Thank you.”
Due to the title of the book, Harvey’s comments seemed to specifically suggest that no white woman could ever be interested in dating an Asian man. However, he made things even more cringeworthy by brainstorming an alternate book title: How to Date a Black Woman: A Practical Guide [for] Asian Men.
“Same thing,” he said after picturing how black women would respond to Asian men. “‘You like Asian men?'” Harvey asked hypothetically before bringing on an insulting stereotype. “‘I don’t even like Chinese food.'”
Judging from the fact that Harvey proceeded to double over with laughter at his own remarks for the final 10 seconds of the video, he didn’t appear to see any issue with his words.
Later on during the show’s Q&A segment, an Asian woman from the Philippines stood up in the audience to offer the comedian advice on the 2017 Miss Universe pageant.
After a long pause and a lot of laughter, Harvey looked at her and playfully said, “I’m sorry.”
It’s 2017, Steve. Be better.