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Steve Harvey's comments on Asian men draw backlash

Steve Harvey cracked himself up joking about white or black women dating Asian men during an episode of his show, but others aren't laughing at all.

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Harvey has dealt with race in a serious way in past television segments. He once told a TV audience his white college roommates moved out rather than room with him, because he is black.

“That kind of hurt me a little bit," Harvey recalled. "I went ‘Damn, man, Y’all just don’t want to live with me?”

One roommate, now an attorney Harvey says he remains friends with, responded: “I just don’t know how to live with a black person…but he said, ‘can we still be friends?’ I said, ‘For sure.’ I learned a valuable lesson from them guys and I think they learned something from me. You know what I did? I forgave them.”

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He also held a wide-ranging town hall on race and policing last year after news of police-involved shootings in Tulsa, Okla. and Charlotte, N.C. and the subsequent unrest dominate headlines .

In the more recent, comic bit, he is commenting on dating books (it's not clear whether they're real or spoofs).

"How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men," he says, reading the title of one supposed book.

His contribution: "That's one page. 'Excuse me, do you like Asian men? No.' Thank you."

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He then has an imaginary conversation with a black woman.

"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.'"

Harvey then doubles over laughing.

The clip was captured and posted by a YouTube user called Angry Asian Man. As you might guess, the poster didn't think Harvey's routine was funny. Neither did the commenters below the segment.

Here it is:



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