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Steve Harvey Apologises For Cruel Comments About Asian Men

Donald Trump-endorser Steve Harvey has apologised for cruel remarks he made about Asian men.

Karin Wang, V.P. of Programs and Communications at Asian Americans Advancing Justice said in response:

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. We are disappointed in Steve Harvey.

Harvey has now apologised.

Harvey’s remarks undoubtedly stung those familiar with the plight of Asian-Americans in the United States.

The Huffington Post offers a brief history lesson:

Seeking economic opportunity during the Gold Rush and the building of the transcontinental railroad, the first wave of Chinese immigrants arrived in the U.S. in the mid-1800s. The first Chinatowns sprang up on the West Coast and were, at the start, much like ethnic settlements founded by European immigrant groups.

These immigrants were paid lower wages than white workers, who then blamed Chinese laborers for driving down pay and taking away jobs. After the railroad was completed and white laborers in other industries began to fear for their jobs, anti-Chinese attacks increased, including beatings, arson and murder.

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34 Comments

  1. January 18, 2017 at 8:29 am
    Meme says:
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    He is a comedian. He don’t have to apologize for ish. Comedians are the group of people who gets a pass.

    • January 18, 2017 at 8:32 am
      Ughhh says:
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      B*tch Rihanna must be a comedian, cuz her music is a joke

    • January 18, 2017 at 10:11 am
      SMH says:
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      Try to remember that nonsense next time a “comedian” makes a derogatory joke against you.

      • January 18, 2017 at 10:33 am
        meme says:
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        they always do. and I am ok with it because its not a hate speech, its stand up comedy. get entirely out of your feelings.

    • January 18, 2017 at 10:48 am
      Weaveney says:
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      Racial jokes aren’t humour, honey.

    • January 18, 2017 at 10:51 am
      Weaveney says:
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      I also find it amusing how this actually affects the people here saying that “This isn’t offensive!” You’re probably not of East Asian descent and even if you were, your acceptance of the jokes don’t mean jack. When you’re not the offended party, you don’t get a say in the matter of what is considered offensive or not. So FOH.

    • January 18, 2017 at 12:07 pm
      pon_De says:
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      Where was the comedy tho? There are phyne asian dudes everywhere on the west coast where I live. Steve Harvey just put his foot in his potato head mouth and it’s simple as that.

    • January 18, 2017 at 12:52 pm
      stan says:
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      so if i said the same thing about black men or women, you wouldn’t be offended, right? right?

    • January 18, 2017 at 12:59 pm
      Dreazy says:
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      It’s “Apologized” . Or is it a UK thing to use an “S”?

      • January 18, 2017 at 4:38 pm
        RCR81 says:
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        It’s a UK thing

  2. January 18, 2017 at 8:41 am
    RCR81 says:
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    Is there a massive issue with what was said here? There are hundreds of comedians out there doing the same thing, part of their remit is to cause mild offence – It’s what the GP want. I don’t think this has anything to do with “being paid lower wages” and an increase in “anti-Chinese attacks”.

    I know some people won’t agree, but I feel this is just another example of someone saying something, and it being made into something it isn’t by the media etc (much like the Vivica Fox not creating her show for gay men saga)

    All this victim playing is a little boring now.

    I’m not sure if there are different standards to comedy across the pond, but in the UK, it seems to take a lot more to offend than simply referring to the fact that “you don’t eat Chinese food”

  3. January 18, 2017 at 8:41 am
    Human Cyborg says:
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    That’s what people get when they talk too much.

  4. January 18, 2017 at 8:58 am
    Kwinzy says:
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    FOH! Asians are racist af against black people. I seen this commercial where this asian woman puts a black man into a washer and he comes out as a “white & clean” Asian man. Y’all will never black ppl doing sh!t and they cry wolf over this? 再见假发!
    It means “bye wig!” in Mandarin

    • January 18, 2017 at 8:59 am
      Kwinzy says:
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      *never see

    • January 18, 2017 at 9:03 am
      Cough Cough says:
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      And black people are racist against Asians as well, how many dog eating jokes at Chinese restaraunts? How many pretand languages mocking them? Jokes about Their sexual parts and its size?… I don’t get the point of fighting ignorance with ignorance except your clear ignorance.

      • January 18, 2017 at 9:04 am
        Cough Cough says:
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        Pretend***

      • January 18, 2017 at 9:19 am
        Kwinzy says:
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        It’s universally known and scientifically proven that Asians have the smallest d**** compared the other races. Check any dating app stat and it shows Asian men are the least desirable. Sad but true. Comedians like Steve talk smack about every race including blacks, I bet you wouldn’t think twice to kii it up at black jokes huh? Stop scapegoating black people like they created these stereotypes. Out here doing the most when institutional racism keeps the Asian businesses thriving while the black one’s suffer. I remember when they banned black ppl from going to bars in Beijing during the Olympics way back. And we the racist ones? Ha!

      • January 18, 2017 at 9:25 am
        Cough Cough says:
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        Again fighting ignorance with ignorance is just that- ignorant. No matter how much you deflect you still look ignorant because that of which you are claiming can also be applied to black people. Period. Stop trying to act like negroes ain’t hella racist lol. That’s asinine.

      • January 18, 2017 at 9:27 am
        Cough Cough says:
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        You have no idea about the Asian experience yet you’re speaking about it with such conviction. It’s very sad and the most ignorant standpoint possible. Imagine a white person trying to tell you about the negro experience…you really need some world culture

      • January 18, 2017 at 10:15 am
        Kwinzy says:
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        I love how you negate all my facts about just how racist Asia is. You’re really shooting blanks at this point. Nothing black people has ever done would compare to their fuckery. When was I talking about the Asian experience? I’m from New York so don’t talk to me about world culture. I got an affinity for Japan but regardless I still know racism exists. I will never be a xenophobic nicca. So just cuz Steve’s black he doesn’t get to make jokes about stereotypes like everyone else?

      • January 18, 2017 at 10:22 am
        Cough Cough says:
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        You being from New York means nothing. Inc I live in New York too and some of the most closed minded, small minded, ignorant people ever dwell here.. you kidding me? They think Brooklyn to the Bronx is farrrrr away, over here. That in itself shows just how much you need to get out and travel. I’m not a teacher so I’m not here to do thAt so you feel how you want dear.

      • January 18, 2017 at 10:25 am
        Cough Cough says:
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        But yes you DEFINITELY sound New York with those comments. Lol . Totes NYC

      • January 18, 2017 at 10:31 am
        Kwinzy says:
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        Jeez you sound so Manhattan. I’m thinking LES off Bowery lol. Anyway I hear ya, no offence taken.

      • January 18, 2017 at 10:38 am
        Cough Cough says:
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        We love the Bowery- but she’s too expensive. Lol

    • January 18, 2017 at 10:27 am
      Jay Jay says:
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      I saw that commercial and yes it is disgusting however I work with a lot of Asian clients (mostly mandarin) at my job and they are so kind and respectful to me.

      Ignorance and racism comes in all shades though

    • January 18, 2017 at 10:57 am
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      true.

  5. January 18, 2017 at 9:57 am
    BOOBIE says:
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    The Asian community are just as sensitive as the #BlackTwitter community. Nothing vulgar or offensive was said by Steve. They’re just mad because he was hanging out with Donald Trump

    • January 18, 2017 at 10:16 am
      SMH says:
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      Typical ignorant response. Unless you are asian or black, you are in no right to call them “sensitive” when their culture is being disrespected. You must be one of those brain dead white Trump supporters. Either that or you’re just stupid.

  6. January 18, 2017 at 10:15 am
    Suicide Blonde says:
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    Asians are awesome, love them.

  7. January 18, 2017 at 11:12 am
    Niggro Please says:
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    What he said had nothing to do with jobs or the treatment of Asian men. He was talking about physical attraction.

  8. January 18, 2017 at 12:07 pm
    cruz says:
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    And if a comedian said this about black men? Do you think Steve Harvey would laugh at that? Doubt it.

  9. January 18, 2017 at 3:50 pm
    But says:
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    The Asian community Are the nicest, most hard working and intelligent race on planet earth. Look at what they’ve gave the world…

    Apart from the entertainment world, what have the black community gave the world ?

    • January 18, 2017 at 4:38 pm
      Kwinzy says:
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      B**** you’re not about to erase our contributions to the world with your non-proper grammar, ignorant ass. Not just before black history month. Not ever!

      List of things invented by Black people:

      air conditioning unit Frederick M. Jones July 12, 1949
      air ship (dirigible) J.F. Pickering 1892
      almanac Benjamin Banneker 1791 — approximate date
      automatic car coupling for trains Andrew Beard 1897
      automatic cutoff switch Granville T. Woods January 1, 1839
      automatic fishing device G. Cook May 30, 1899
      automatic gear shift Richard Spikes February 28, 1932
      automatic lubricating system for railroads and machines Elijah McCoy October 27, 1891
      automatic shoe making machine Jan Matzelinger 1883
      baby buggy W.H. Richardsopn June 18, 1899
      bicycle frame L.R. Johnson October 10, 1899
      biscuit cutter Alexander P. Ashbourne November 30, 1875
      blood plasma bag, blood bank Charles Drew 1945 — approximate date
      caps for bottles and jars A.E. Long & A.A Jones 1898
      casket lowering device A.C. Richardson November 3, 1894
      cellular phone Henry T. Sampson July 6, 1971
      chamber commode T. Elkins January 3, 1897
      clothes dryer G.T. Sampson June 6, 1862
      clothes wringer Ellen Elgin 1880s
      combined furrow opener and stalk knocker G.W. Murray April 10, 1894
      cotton chopper G.W. Murray June 5, 1894
      cultivator and marker G.W. Murray April 10, 1894
      curtain rod S.R. Scratton November 30, 1899
      curtain rod support William S. Grant August 4, 1896
      door stop O. Dorsey December 10, 1878
      dust pan Lawrence P. Ray August 3, 1897
      egg beater Willie Johnson February 5, 1884
      electric lampbulb Lewis Latimer March 21, 1882
      elevator Alexander Miles October 11, 1867
      eye protector P. Johnson November 2, 1880
      electric railway trolley Elbert R. Robinson 1880s
      fire escape bracket C.V. Richey December 28, 1897
      fire escape ladder J.W. Winters May 7, 1878
      folding bed L.C. Bailey July 18, 1899
      folding chair Brody & Surgwar June 11, 1889
      fountain pen W.B. Purvis January 7, 1890
      fruit press Madeline M. Turner 1916
      furniture caster O.A. Fisher 1878
      galoshes A.L. Rickman 1898
      gas mask Garrett A. Morgan October 13, 1914
      golf tee G. F. Grant December 12, 1899
      guitar Robert F. Flemming, Jr. March 3, 1886
      hair brush Lydia O. Newman November 15, 18?
      heating furnace Alice Parker 1918
      hand stamp Walter B. Purvis February 27, 1897
      horse shoe J. Ricks March 30, 1885
      ice cream Augustus Jackson 1832
      ice cream scooper A.L. Cralle February 2, 1897
      improved sugar making Norbet Rillieux December 10, 1887
      insect destroyer gun A.C. Richard January 9, 1894
      ironing board Sarah Boone August 19, 1884
      key chain F.J. Loudin May 19, 1889
      lantern Michael C. Harvey December 8, 1893
      lawn mower L.A. Burr July 23, 18?
      lawn sprinkler J.S. Smith May 4, 1897
      lemon squeezer J. Thomas White November 15, 1895
      lock W.A. Martin 1887
      lunch pail James Robinson June 11, 1893
      mail box Paul L. Downing June 27, 1893
      mop Thomas W. Stewart June 11, 1893
      motor Frederick M. Jones June 27, 1939
      multiplex telegraph system (allowed messages to be sent and received from moving trains) Granville T. Woods 1887
      peanut butter George Washington Carver 1896
      pencil sharpener J.L. Love November 23, 1897
      planter G.W. Murray April 10, 1894
      railway air brakes (first safe method of stopping trains) Granville T. Woods 1903
      range oven Thomas Carrington 1876
      record player arm Joseph Hunger Dickenson January 8, 1819
      refining of coconut oil A.P. Abourne July 27, 1980
      refrigerator John Standard June 14, 1891
      riding saddles W.D. Davis October 6, 1895
      rolling pin John W. Reed 1864
      shampoo headrest C.O. Baliff October 11, 1898
      small pox inoculation (he brought this method from Africa where advanced medical practices were in use long before Europeans had any medical knowledge) Onesimus 1721
      spark plug Edmond Berger February 2, 1839
      spring seat for chairs A. B. Blackburn April 3, 1888
      steam boiler/radiator Granville T. Woods 1884
      stethoscope Imhotep Ancient Egypt
      stove T.A. Carrington July 25, 1876
      straightening comb Madame C.J. Walker 1905 — approximate date
      street sweeper Charles B. Brooks March 17, 1890
      pastry fork Anna M. Mangin March 1, 1892
      pencil sharpener J.L. Love November 23, 1897
      phone transmitter Granville T. Woods December 2, 1884
      portable fire escape D. McCree November 11, 1890
      thermostat control Frederick M. Jones February 23, 1960
      toilet T. Elkins 1897
      traffic light Garrett A. Morgan November 20, 1923
      two cycle gasoline engine Frederick M. Jones November 28, 1950
      tricycle M.A. Cherry May 6, 1886
      trolley car Granville T. Woods 1888
      typewriter Burridge & Marshman April 7, 1885
      window cleaner A.L. Lewis 1892

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    He just a comdey man and he is wrong for mocking people like that

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