by G. Brown
Twitter, Facebook, fans and even long time friends are calling out comedian, author, actor and TV host Steve Harvey with some hate-filled posts.
Friday, Harvey joined a growing club of Black celebs who have been summoned by President-elect Donald Trump for a meeting on the vague, “multi-cultural or inner city plight” of Black Americans. Just like Jim Brown and Kanye who ran to Trump Tower when called, Harvey accepted the offer. Harvey tried to put a positive spin on the meeting with a little humor saying,”Well, you know it’s not my jump into politics…I ain’t gonna pass a background check.” Then Harvey repackaged a statement we all grew tired of hearing for the last eight years namely-‘blame Obama‘. Harvey said, “It’s just me following orders from my friend President Obama who said, ‘Steve, you gotta’ as he told everybody, ‘get out from behind your computer, stop tweeting and texting and get out there and sit down and talk.‘”
During the campaign, Harvey was a staunch supporter of Hillary Clinton and even had her on his radio show saying then, “…We’re going to put her back in the White House.” As of his meeting last week, Harvey is now saying that Trump is “a great guy” and that he is “genuine“. We’re used to seeing a flip-flop from politicians, but this is not going over well with people on social media who can now be categorized as “former Harvey fans”.
When it comes to criticism, no one can hit harder than those who know you best. In Harvey’s case, that comes from his “Kings of Comedy” co-star and friend DL Hughley who says Trump taking pictures with Black celebrities isn’t proof that he cares…it’s opportunistic. Here’s more of Hughley’s comment on the meeting in a video that has gone viral.
This is Harvey’s first internet beat downs. He was repeatedly called the “N-word” after his much memed debacle of naming the wrong winner in the Miss Universe pageant. More recently, Harvey was dragged again after making some disparaging comments about Asian men in a joke gone bad during his job as host of the Family Feud. So Harvey had to expect some push back after meeting with the president-elect. Harvey tried to spin it like Trump really wants to help Black people, but Blacks (and a lot of Whites as well) aren’t listening.
Harvey, Jim Brown, Kanye and other Black celebs who have met with Trump are trying to convince Blacks that the president-elect is just misunderstood. Problem with that argument is that we understood every word, every tweet, every insult that Trump has uttered or written. Unlike celebs, the majority of Blacks just have a longer memory. A memory that goes all the way back to the words of Malcolm X who said:
What do you think…is Harvey a sell out or Uncle Tom being used to cast the appearance of wanting to help the Black community? Or is he truly trying to help bridge the gap between Trump and Blacks?