January 13th, 2017 – During a recently taped segment on his eponymous talk show, comedian Steve Harvey expressed disbelief that anyone would find Asian men sexually attractive. The comments were met with nervous laughter during the taping but social media commenters wasted no time repudiating Harvey’s comments.
“That’s one page. ‘Excuse me, do you like Asian men? No.’ Thank you,” he joked to the audience.
The popular radio and television personality is experiencing a career surge of late after first achieving mainstream notice as a part of the “Kings of Comedy” super group in the late nineties. After a few years in C-list sitcom and movie purgatory, Harvey now helms a mini-media empire hosting multiple game and talk shows and, most famously, as host of the Miss Universe pageant where he inadvertently declared the wrong contestant as the winner.
The segment on dating advice showed a book cover from the early 2000s called “How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.” Harvey made his remarks after showing the book cover to the audience and riffing about how ridiculous it sounded to him that any woman would find an Asian man desirable.
Western media has a long history of making derisive comments about Asian men’s sexuality and using them as the butt of sexually explicit jokes on television and movies. The overwhelming response has been for people to flood Twitter with images of Asian male pop and movie stars in various states of undress as a rebuke to the idea that there aren’t any women who find Asian men enticing.