“Wanted to share this today,” Harvey tweeted on Tuesday, along with a screenshot of the Notes app where he had written a short apology: “I offer my humblest apology for offending anyone, particularly those in the Asian community, last week. It was not my intention and the humor was not meant with any malice or disrespect whatsoever.”
Flipping through dating books on the Jan. 6 episode of his talk show, Harvey joked that How to Date White Women: A Practical Guide for Asian Men would just be one page. The comment drew much criticism, including from Fresh Off the Boat creator Eddie Huang.
Harvey released his statement about his meeting with Trump last week in a similar fashion.
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Comedian Steve Harvey is speaking out about the reaction over his meeting with President-elect Donald Trump Friday.
On his radio show Monday, he addressed the controversy of his meeting with the real estate tycoon inside Trump Tower. He was also mocked on Saturday Night Live.
"A lot of y'all hurt me. I didn't expect the backlash to be so fierce," Harvey said. "But I also understand that if I’m going to keep getting stabbed at, then at least while you're stabbing me, you should understand my intent for even taking the meeting in the first place. I'm from the hood. I've been trying to do my part for years for boys and girls."
Harvey's wife, Marjorie, came to his defense.
"Doing the right thing sometimes isn't popular.....but it's okay," she wrote on Instagram. "You always make me proud!"
Aside from the criticism, Harvey said on his radio show Monday that he found the meeting to be productive.
"When I walked away, [I felt] there might be a real chance for some positive to come out of what many feel is doom and gloom," he said.
Steve Harvey apologizes for racist jokes about Asians
Days before making headlines by meeting with President-elect Donald Trump, Steve Harvey was drawing criticism for a different reason, targeting Asian men in a string of racist jokes on The Steve Harvey Show.
On Tuesday morning, the Family Feud host offered his "humblest apology for offending anyone, particularly those in the Asian community" in a message on Twitter.
"It was not my intention and the humor was not meant with any malice or disrespect whatsoever," the text post wrote.
On the Jan. 6 episode of his show, Harvey mocked a 2002 book titled How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men, saying the book should only have a single page, "'Excuse me, do you like Asian men?' No, thank you."
"I don’t even like Chinese food, boy. It don’t stay with you no time," he continued in a mock-female voice. "I don’t eat what I can’t pronounce.”
In response to Harvey's comments, the Asian-American restaurateur and Fresh Off The Boat author Eddie Huang wrote an op-ed for The New York Times, blasting Harvey for perpetuating "upsetting" stereotypes against Asian men.
"Every Asian-American man knows what the dominant culture has to say about us," he wrote. "We count good, we bow well, we are technologically proficient, we’re naturally subordinate, our male anatomy is the size of a thumb drive and we could never in a thousand millenniums be a threat to steal your girl."
"(Harvey) speaks openly about issues facing the black community, he is a man of God, and he has a huge platform to speak from," Huang continued. "For his own personal profit, he’s willing to perpetuate the emasculation of Asian men regardless of how hypocritical it is."
On Jan. 13, Harvey visited Trump Tower for a meeting with the President-elect. “They're kind of beating me up on the Internet right now for no reason, but that's life, isn’t it?" he told reporters after his meeting about the blowback from his comments.
Harvey explained his meeting with Trump in a tweeted statement. "Our president (Obama) asked that all of us sit down and talk to one another in order to move our country forward," he wrote. "The transition teams on both sides asked me to meet and I'm glad I did."