‘Fresh Off the Boat’ author Eddie Huang, star Constance Wu slam Steve Harvey's jokes on Asian men

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Television personality Steve Harvey arrives for a meeting with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower in New York, U.S., January 13, 2017. Reuters/Mike Segar

“Fresh Off the Boat” author Eddie Huang and star Constance Wu (Jessica) has slammed Steve Harvey's jokes about Asian men that ignited controversy with many dissing the comedian’s racist jokes. The actress said that the “small brained perception of human love” were gross and untrue. Huang, on the other hand, said that his remarks were “upsetting” and “hypocritical.”

“The narrow limits of your small brained perception of human love are gross and untrue. It's not even funny. You just sound dumb,” Wu wrote on Twitter.

“Fresh Off the Boat” author Eddie Huang also expressed his disappointment on Harvey’s jokes. He wrote an essay for New York Times reading that Harvey “speaks openly about issues facing the black community, he is a man of God, and he has a huge platform to speak from. Unfortunately, he’s also the type of guy who orders Krug champagne for himself and Cook’s for everyone else. For his own personal profit, he’s willing to perpetuate the emasculation of Asian men regardless of how hypocritical it is.”

Huang also shared how his being an Asian was affected by the stereotype for the longest time. He shared that even after becoming successful he was still living with the stereotype. “There were times I thoroughly believed that no one wanted anything to do with me,” he wrote.

This comes after Steve Harvey recently cracked jokes on his namesake show (on Jan.6) about how Asian men were unattractive. He advised Asian men to read books for attracting women. He referred to books such as “Dating for Under a Dollar: 301 Ideas” and “How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.”

Furthermore, he joked that one of the pages of the book says, “Excuse me, do you like Asian men?’ ‘No.’ ‘Thank you.’” In another joke 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.’”

“Fresh Off the Boat” is an American television series that is roughly based on the life of Eddie Huang and his book “Fresh Off the Boat: A Memoir.” The sitcom is popular for being the first one to star an Asian-American family as protagonists

. Currently running its third season, the show airs  Tuesdays at 9PM on ABC in the US. In Australia, the show can be watched on Tenplay.com.au.

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