By JOSEPH G. LARIOSA
(© 2017 Journal GlobaLinks)
CHICAGO (JGL) --When comedian Steve Harvey encores as host of the Miss Universe Pageant in Manila on Jan. 30 (Manila Time), Asian men
may not be very thrilled by his presence.
Not because Mr. Harvey might misspoke again in announcing the winner of the most-watched international pageant but because of his recent joke directed at them when he said, “neither white nor black women had any interest in Asian men,” according to Chicago Tribune.
Although, Harvey had already offered his apology on his Twitter, saying, his “humblest apology for offending anyone, particularly those in the Asian community," he said the jokes were meant to be humorous and no "malice or disrespect" was intended.
THIS WAS the Miss Universe scorecard wrongly read by beauty pageant host Steve Harvey last December 2015, announcing 1st Runner Up Miss Colombia as the winner instead of Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach as Miss Universe. Mr. Harvey profusely apologized for his mistake. Harvey is going to host the Miss Universe pageant again on Jan. 29 (Sunday) at 8 p.m. Central Time over Fox TV Network (Jan. 30 at 7 a.m. Manila Time).
Of course, Harvey apologized at once when he accidentally announced in December 2015 the wrong winner by misreading a ballot card, which showed Miss USA as second runner up, Miss Colombia as first runner up, and Miss Philippines as Miss Universe. Instead, he switched Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines placements and he mistook the card’s “lst Runner up” for Miss Colombia as Miss Universe until accountants of Ernst & Young corrected Harvey that the Miss Universe winner was Miss Philippines Pia Wurtzbach and not Miss Colombia.
Harvey’s encore in hosting the Miss Universe that will be held in Manila in the morning of 7 on Monday (Jan. 30) that will be synchronized with the 8 p.m. Central Time on Sunday (Jan. 29) for the Fox Network telecast would be beamed around the world live. Harvey wanted to host this time to redeem himself for his disastrous cameo appearance as host of the pageant in 2015.
HARVEY APOLOGIZED TO WOMEN & VIEWERS
HARVEY WITH TRUMP:
COMEDIAN AND FAMILY FEUD host Steve Harvey (right) answers questions shortly after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at the Trump Tower in New York City. After the meeting, Harvey said he was inspired to meet with Mr. Trump after getting encouragement from President Obama so he can help improve “inner cities.” Harvey is going to host again the Miss Universe pageant on Jan. 29 (Sunday) at 8 p.m. Central Time over Fox TV Network (Jan. 30 at 7 a.m. Manila Time).
Harvey also later apologized to the women and the viewers on Twitter shortly after the mix-up, stating:
"I'd like to apologize wholeheartedly to Miss Colombia and Miss Philippines for my huge mistake. I feel terrible. Secondly, I'd like to apologize to the viewers that I disappointed as well. Again it was an honest mistake. I don't want to take away from this amazing night and pageant. As well as the wonderful contestants. They were all amazing."
Both Miss Philippines and Miss Colombia acted graciously in the aftermath.
In an episode aired on his show Jan. 6, Harvey mocked a 2002 book titled, “How to Date a White Woman: A Practical Guide for Asian Men.” He said that neither white nor black women had any interest in Asian men.
TWITTER FOLLOWER BASHES STEVE:
ONE OF THE THOUSANDS of Twitter followers of comedian and Family Feud host Steve Harvey lashed out against Mr. Harvey for meeting with President-elect Donald Trump, saying, “It makes sense Steve Harvey met with Trump, he’s great at crowning the wrong winner.” Harvey is going to host the Miss Universe pageant again over Fox TV Network on Jan. 29 (Sunday) at 8 p.m. Central Time (Jan. 30 at 7 a.m. Manila Time).
However, if Mr. Harvey will read the history of Miss Universe, he will realize that 65 years ago, the first winner of Miss Universe Armi Helena Kuusela, a white, representing her country as Miss Finland, gave up her crown on May 4, 1953 in less than a year to marry in Tokyo, Japan Filipino businessman Virgilio Hilario after a whirlwind courtship.
They had met in March at a dance in Baguio City, the summer capital of the Philippines, when Kuusela as Miss Universe had gone to the Philippines for the International Trade Exposition.
If white or black American women are not interested with Asian men, it might have something to do with laws in the United States banning interracial marriage, that was overturned 50 years ago by the 1967 U.S. Supreme Court that deemed anti-miscegenation laws unconstitutional, with many states choosing to legalize interracial marriage at earlier dates.
In fact, even after a Filipino, Salvador Roldan, won his right to marry a white woman, British woman, Marjorie Rogers, on March 27, 1933 before the Supreme Court of California, the California State Legislature voted to amend Civil Code Section 60 to ensure that law against interracial marriage also covered the “members of the Malay race,” where Filipino was classified, instead of the “Mongolian race.” California Governor James Rolph later signed the amendment into law on April 5, 1933.