Are there any more Steve Harvey fans? One of the Kings of Comedy has found himself getting the most attention for a litany of decisions that much of the mainstream regarded as botched, if not fundamentally foolish; his bungling of the 2015 Miss America pageant, his “secret” meeting with Donald Trump are few of the moments that come to mind.
During a segment of the famed comedian’s national radio show, he chided a caller from Michigan by saying, “enjoy your nice brown glass of water” to punctuate an argument about the Golden State Warriors losing the NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Did you grow up going to Church or Chuuuch! 😁🤣😂 pic.twitter.com/l8CfJNgEfu— Steve Harvey (@IAmSteveHarvey) April 12, 2020
Christian Keyes, an actor and Flint, Michigan native, fired back at the remarks he deemed as insensitive. “Nine thousand cases of lead poisoning. Three and four year olds out there who haven’t started speaking yet because the lead has left them disabled to a certain extent. They have not been able to develop properly” the actor-model proclaimed via Instagram.
He added, “We supported you through a lot of stuff. If you did a show in Flint, guaranteed people would come out by the thousands spending money they don’t even have to come see and support you to take their minds off what they are going through. And you on there cracking jokes about the dirty polluted water telling the Flint native ‘enjoy his glass of brown dirty water’ You should be ashamed of yourself. You set a terrible example. I know accidents happen. This is a perfect time for you to lift up that heavy ass mustache you yours and apologize to the city of Flint. Have some class man. Message! Let’s see if he is man enough to make right what he did wrong to the city of Flint.”
Keyes is a constantly busy actor, appearing in over 50 films and television shows in the last 15 years including: AMC’s gritty superhero hit, The Boys, the inexhaustible soap, The Young & The Restless, and the Angela Bassett-led 911.
Prior to the public water crisis, Flint was a city beleaguered by the struggles of Detroit’s Big 3 automakers as several of the region’s manufacturing plants relocated or shuttered altogether. The noted ensuing urban decay is definitive, often cited by economists and politicians alike.
Harvey would eventually release a statement in response to the criticism, a chorus that included Flint Mayor Karen Weaver. The actor-comedian-talk show host stated, “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.” He added,“I also pressed then candidate, Hillary Clinton, to offer solutions to what I called one of the great catastrophes of modern times. The [sic] 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.”