Steve Harvey Jokes That Flint Resident Should Enjoy ‘Brown Glass Of Water’
By Bill Bradley
Steve Harvey says he was just joking, but does his explanation hold any water?
Wednesday, a man who said he was from Flint, Michigan, reportedly called in to the “Family Feud” host’s radio show and gave Harvey a hard time about the Cleveland Cavaliers losing the NBA Championship. The caller supposedly said Cleveland didn’t “deserve jack.”
Harvey, being a Cavs fan, was perturbed.
The comedian reportedly fired back by making jokes about the water crisis in the Michigan city, saying the man didn’t even have clean water, according to Detroit Free Press and MLive.
In a video clip posted from the exchange, Harvey’s co-hosts can be heard telling the comedian to “reel it in.” Harvey says he was just talking about the caller, not the city of Flint.
Harvey persisted, and before the caller hung up, he added, “Enjoy your nice brown glass of water.”
As Uproxx notes, Harvey’s comments come around the same time that officials were charged with involuntary manslaughter over their handling of the Flint crisis, which has resulted in 12 deaths connected an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.
The Twitter backlash was immediate.
Flint is not a joke @IAmSteveHarvey @SteveHarveyFM please apologize #FlintWaterCrisis #Flint #FlintLivesMatter #PeopleDied pic.twitter.com/uOSPQsOkFR
— Little Miss Flint (@LittleMissFlint) June 14, 2017
Did Steve Harvey REALLY tell a caller to go drink dirty water because they made a comment against LeBron James? #LowBlow#FlintWaterCrisis
— On The Edge Show (@OnTheEdgeShow) June 14, 2017