Asian Americans are wildly underrepresented on television.
There have been moments of progress: ABC’s “Fresh Off The Boat,” Aziz Ansari’s “Master of None,” and “The Night Of” starring Riz Ahmed all highlight the talents of Asian actors.
But for every step Hollywood takes forward, the entertainment industry always seems to find a way to take two steps back.
Case in point: Steve Harvey's most recent blunder.
The comedian kicked off Friday's edition of "The Steve Harvey Show" with a silly segment that poked fun at self-help books.
Weird titles like "Knitting With Dog Hair" and "How to Have Sex in the Woods" got the audience giggling, but the segment took a turn for worst when Harvey brought up a book with the title, "How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men."
"How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide For Asian Men" is a real self-help book written by Adam Quan.
Published in 2002, the book aims to provide the "knowledge, framework, and tools necessary for an Asian man to successfully date a white woman."
Instead of dragging the book's ridiculous title, Harvey chose to mock the idea that anyone — white or otherwise — would even *consider* dating an Asian man.
Harvey said that the book's advice could have been summed up in one page.
"That's one page, too," Harvey stated in the clip above. "'Excuse me, do you like Asian men?' No. 'Thank you.'" End of book.
He followed up his "joke" with a second racist remark, claiming that Black women wouldn't be attracted to Asian men, either.
"'How to Date a Black Woman: A Practical Guide to Asian Men' — same thing," he said. "'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."
But the internet was there, ready to put Harvey in his place.
Steve Harvey needs to get his act together.
Last year, it was the Miss Universe slip-up. This year, it's a racist rant.
Come on, Steve. Get it together. Asian Americans barely get any recognition as it is — and this is the best they get?