- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Steve Harvey gave an apology via Twitter Tuesday morning after he offended fans with a recent segment on his talk show that mocked Asian men.

“I offer my humblest apology for offending anyone, particularly those in the Asian community, last week,” the comedian wrote in a note to his 3.47 million followers. “It was not my intention and the humor was not meant with any malice or disrespect whatsoever.”

The comedian’s apology comes 11 days after facing backlash for a segment on the “Steve Harvey Show” that made fun of several dating advice books.

“How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide [for] Asian Men,” Mr. Harvey said.

“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.”

The segment outraged social media users and members of the Asian community. Mr. Harvey’s meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at New York City’s Trump Tower last week only fueled the backlash.

Some critics said Mr. Harvey’s apology was too little, too late. Others said they thought the skit was funny and people should just lighten up.

“Comedy is more often offensive than not, Steve. We have to be able to laugh at ourselves. Ppl are way too sensitive,” one Twitter user tweeted.

“lol took you almost a week to offer this soft apology? Posting a note so no character limit…yet no thoughts past this?” tweeted another.

“Eddie Huang literally wrote an essay in response to your joke,’ but apparently two sentences is enough for you,” another wrote.

Mr. Huang, author of “Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir,” wrote an essay for The New York Times published Saturday saying Mr. Harvey’s jokes were “upsetting.”

“The one joke that still hurts, the sore spot that even my closest friends will press, the one stereotype that I still mistakenly believe at the most inopportune bedroom moments … is that women don’t want Asian men,” he wrote.

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