MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Television host Steve Harvey has bigger things to worry about than a repeat of his error in announcing last year’s Miss Universe winner. When he arrives in Manila to again host the international beauty pageant this month, he will be met by a protest of one million Filipino men.
Harvey came under fire this week for mocking Asian men.
During a segment on his eponymous talk show on Monday, the 59-year-old comedian made fun of several self-help books, including one titled “How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.”
“Excuse me, do you like Asian men?” he asked the audience. “No thank you.”
He then suggested a new book title, “How to Date a Black Woman: A Practical Guide [for] Asian Men.”
“That’s one page too!” He says. “‘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.”
In reacting to Harvey’s mockery, one million Filipino men will picket the Mall of Asia Arena, venue of the Miss Universe pageant finals on January 29 (January 30 Manila time)
A spokesperson for the Coalition of Real Filipino Men (CRFM) said that one of the group’s demands is for Harvey to issue an apology on live television, just before he announces the new Miss Universe. The group also hopes that this time, he will announce the correct winner.