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Premiere Networks Syndicated Host Steve Harvey Under Fire for Asian Remarks During TV Segment

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Looks like Premiere Networks syndicated radio host Steve Harvey is under fire for mocking Asian men on his TV show. The 59-year-old comedian was making fun of several self-help books including one titled “How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.” During the odd segment Harvey was laughing at his own jokes and asked the audience “Excuse me, do you like Asian men?” he then answered, “No thank you.” Harvey went on to suggest a new book titled “How to Date a Black Woman: A Practical Guide [for] Asian Men.” He then stated “That’s one page too!  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.” Harvey goes on to laugh at is own joke.

Unfortunately, people on social media took offense. “Steve Harvey’s joke about Asian men being unattractive was trash,” wrote one Twitter user. A black woman on YouTube wrote “THE NERVE OF THIS OL’ WAXED HEAD ASS, THICK SHARPIE DRAWN MUSTACHE UNDER COOKED MR. POTATO HEAD ASS FOOL!!!”  One Asian social media poster stated “And people say that only White people can be racist. Nah, anyone can be racist. No matter what color your skin is.”

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.  A rep for Harvey did not respond to a request for comment.

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Kevin "KevRoss" Ross is a music and radio industry expert. He is a 20 -plus year entrepreneur with the leading most successful industry trade publication and site Radio Facts (www.radiofacts.com). He has also published various books, magazines, performed marketing and promotions for major corporations and recording artists and he is on the advisory board of several industry organizations. This year Ross introduced his non profit organization LOMARI (Leaders of the Music and Recording Industry) to help teach young minority students how to market and manage their music and products.

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