Listeners say Steve Harvey comment on Flint water crisis was insensitive
Listeners of the Steve Harvey Morning radio show took to social media to voice their anger about a recent comment made by the talk show host.
In an excerpt of the show posted on YouTube, the comic made a joke about the Flint water crisis when responding to a caller about the recent NBA Finals game.
According to a post on Instagram, it said a Flint man said he didn’t think Cleveland Cavaliers star Lebron James deserved to win the NBA Finals.
In the video, it shows Harvey responded, “You from Flint? That’s why yall ain’t even got clean water. When the last time you touched water and it didn’t have lead in it?”
People affected by the three-year-old water crisis have been criticizing Harvey for his comments, including “Little Miss Flint” Amariyanna Copeny, a young pageant winner.
Back in March 2016, Harvey devoted one hour on his nationally-syndicated TV talk show about the Flint water crisis, which is seen on FOX66.
In response to the uproar over his comments, Harvey released the following statement:
"This morning callers and I were cracking jokes about the Cleveland Cavaliers loss to the Golden State Warriors. I'm a huge Cavs fan.
The caller and I were talking trash about our teams and cities. 'SIMPLY TRASH TALKING ABOUT SPORTS'.
I made a joke directed at him, as he is from Flint, a city for which I have great affection and respect.
So much so that I devoted a full hour on my daytime talk show to raising awareness for the Flint water crisis.
I also pressed then candidate, Hilary Clinton, to offer solutions to what I called one of the great catastrophes of modern times.
The and the caller laughed as my joke was taken in the context it was offered.
Any attempts to craft this into anything more serves no one." -Steve Harvey
Flint's Mayor Karen Weaver have sent the following statement:
"As Mayor of the City of Flint, and someone who has been on your show and spoken with you personally about the Flint Water Crisis, I was deeply saddened by your comments about our city. While I feel it was not meant to be an intentional hurt or insult against the citizens of this community, it was.
We are still going through many hardships and challenges caused by the poisoning of our city. To make a joke out of a tragedy such as this was in very poor taste, especially coming from someone of your stature.
While we are making progress in replacing lead tainted service lines, we still have to use filters and remain on bottled water. As Mayor, I would appreciate, on behalf of the citizens of this community, a public apology. I would love to sit and discuss with you the status of where we are today."