Scoop: Steve Harvey under fire for anti-Asian men comments

We already know Steve Harvey has trouble moderating beauty pageants. Now he’s under fire, for good reason, for ridiculing Asian men.

On Monday on his talk show, he made fun of self-help books, including one called “How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men,” when he asked the audience, “Excuse me, do you like Asian men?” and followed up, “No thank you.”

He suggested another title, “How to Date a Black Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men,” and said, “That’s one page too!”

Chuckling at his own jokes, he went on, “You like Asian men?’ I don’t even like Chinese food. It don’t stay with you no time … I don’t eat what I can’t pronounce.”

Followers — off and on social media — didn’t think he was funny.

One Twitter user said: “Steve Harvey’s joke about Asian men being unattractive was trash,” while Karin Wang of Asian Americans Advancing Justice commented more eloquently: “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 will host the Miss Universe pageant Jan. 30 in the Philippines, which is home to more than 45 million Asian men.

We’ll see how they like him — and if he can announce the winner correctly.

ART AUCTION FOR ARTISTS

Matt Gonzalez, Christo Oropeza and Andres Guerrero invite art lovers to something a bit unique in the art world: a sale in which all proceeds go directly to the artists! At the Art Auction to Benefit the Artists, from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13 at Incline Gallery on Valencia Street in The City, artists select the opening bid and increments, and the gallery takes nothing.

Gonzalez, one of the organizers, calls the popular event (it’s the third one) a way to thank artists who are “continually asked to donate art works for fundraisers but rarely receive anything in return.”

Dozens of local artists are participating.

GLOBETROTTERS GALORE

Steph Curry, who admitted he couldn’t spin a basketball, experienced a “dream come true” this week when Harlem Globetrotters Handles Franklin and Scooter Christensen, visiting Oracle Arena in Oakland, showed him.

And the busy Christensen and Buckets Blakes will strut their spin with pizza (not balls!) at noon Jan. 12 with 12-time champ Tony Gemignani at Tony’s Pizza Napoletana on Stockton Street at noon for the lunchtime crowd,

The Globetrotters play this weekend and next weekend in Oakland and San Jose.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Singer Zayn Malik is 24. … Singer-director Rob Zombie is 52. … Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos is 53. … News correspondent Christiane Amanpour is 59. … Radio personality Howard Stern is 63. … Radio personality Rush Limbaugh is 66. … Actress Kirstie Alley is 66. … Actress Katherine MacGregor is 92.

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