In a segment on his talk show on Monday, comedian Steve Harvey mocked a variety of different self-help books, one of which was titled How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.
Instead of making fun of the obvious racism in the book’s title, Harvey — a comedian known for his ability to shove his foot in his mouth — went for a different “punchline”:
“Excuse me, do you like Asian men? No! Thank you,” Harvey imitated. “You like Asian men? I don’t even like Chinese food, boy. It don’t stay with you no time. I don’t eat what I can’t pronounce,” he said, cracking himself up, but not the audience.
Many Twitter users have also failed to see the humor in Harvey’s lame jokes at the expense of Asian men.
— Ruba Ali Al-Hassani (@RubaAlHassani) January 11, 2017
While others have rejected his premise entirely:
#SteveHarvey I like Asian men, but I don't like racists!! Nothing like trashing a whole race!!
— Sarah Tompkins (@Sarejina) January 11, 2017
#SteveHarvey needs to sit the hell down talking about white women wont date Asian men. I think my Asian boyfriend would disagree. SMH 😡😡😡
— Brandi Mitchell (@MissBrandiLeee) January 11, 2017
#SteveHarvey says Asian men are unattractive…has he watched kpop??
— SHINeeSylvia (@SHINeeSylvia) January 11, 2017
If Harvey had really wanted to get a laugh, he should have read out some Amazon reviews of the book. For your enjoyment, one reader named Steven McKinney gives the book a perfect 5 stars:
Now I know a few new things. First, white women don’t particularly like tentacles. I shouldn’t take photographs of them and print their images on body pillows. Don’t ask them for “Saki”, huge misunderstanding occurred.
I’m now in a serious relationship with a white woman, and I couldn’t be happier.
Of course, this isn’t the first time that Asian men have encountered racist comments about their appearance. Infamously, during a 1986 state visit to China, Prince Phillip told a group of British exchange students living in Xi’an, “If you stayed here much longer, you will all be slitty-eyed.” According to an article published in 2011 by the Telegraph, the Prince still believes that the outcry resulting from his comments was “disproportionate.”
Last year, even robots got into the act, rejecting one New Zealand man’s passport photo because “his eyes were closed.”
Oh, and Steve, meet our boyfriend:
By Matt Bonini
[h/t Angry Asian Man]
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