During a segment on his talk show earlier this week, Steve Harvey made fun of several self-help books, including one titled “How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.”
“Excuse me, do you like Asian men?” he asked the audience. “No thank you.”
He then suggested a new book title, “How to Date a Black Woman: A Practical Guide [for] Asian Men.”
“That’s one page too!” He says. “‘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.”
People on social media weren’t laughing. “Steve Harvey’s joke about Asian men being unattractive was trash,” wrote one Twitter user.
Asian American advocacy groups have also come out condemning 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,” Karin Wang, V.P. of Programs and Communications at Asian Americans Advancing Justice, told Page Six. “We are disappointed in Steve Harvey.”
Harvey is scheduled to host the Miss Universe pageant on January 30 in the Philippines, which is home to more than 45 million Asian men.
No word from Harvey or his camp on the matter just yet.