- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 12, 2017

Steve Harvey is facing backlash for comments he made mocking Asian men on his daytime talk show.

During his recent monologue on the “Steve Harvey Show,” the 59-year-old comedian made fun of several dating advice books, including one titled, “How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.”

“That’s one page, too. ‘Excuse me, do you like Asian men?’ No,” he says, joking about being asked the question. “Thank you.”

He then joked about another book title, “How to Date a Black Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.”

“Same thing,” he said. ” ‘You like Asian men?’ “

“I don’t even like Chinese food,” he said, apparently impersonating a black woman. “It don’t stay with you no time. I don’t eat what I can’t pronounce.”

He then doubled over laughing at his own joke.

The segment has outraged members of the Asian community. Karin Wang, vice president of programs and communications at Asian Americans Advancing Justice, told The New York Post that her group is “disappointed in Steve Harvey.”

“It’s unfortunate when those with a public platform like Steve Harvey use that platform to mock and ridicule entire groups of people and in this particular case, to perpetuate negative and harmful racial stereotypes about Asian Americans,” she said.

A post on the Angry Asian Man blog called Mr. Harvey’s jokes “idiotic.”

“That’s how a TV host can shamelessly s— on Asian [men] on national television, and get an entire room of people to laugh along with you,” the author wrote. “You’re a real class act, Steve Harvey.”

This isn’t the first time Mr. Harvey has been accused of racism. He is currently being sued by a former employee, Joseph Cooper, who claimed he recorded the “Family Feud” host delivering racist rants on several occasions, Radar Online reported.


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