Before he was meeting up with Donald Trump or naming the wrong woman Miss Universe, Steve Harvey has done a lot of things to piss people off. Especially the black community. Though they are happy to see one of themselves made it, they hate to see them become a coon.
According to Urban dictionary, a coon is a black actor, actress, entertainer or public figure who takes roles that stereotypically portrays black people. They think they’ve made it but they are slaves to the same images. Cooning is a verb derived from the word coon. A coon was/is a person of african decent whose sole purpose was/is to entertain white people. These 'coons' started out as wearing black face, characterized by having big eyes and painting big red lips on their face. These people would tap dance, play instruments and sing. Modern day coons are blacks who play stereotypical roles and black entertainers that promote ignorance. Cooning is someone is acting like a 'coon. Here are 3 times Steve behaved as a coon.
Back in 2014, Paula Deen was working hard to defend her character and win her career back after getting caught saying racist remarks. One of her effort to dispel reports of racist behavior was her partnership with Steve Harvey. On Oct. 2, the TV host announced on his show that Deen and her team would volunteer their time to teach culinary skills at his annual mentoring camp. One hundred fatherless young men attend Harvey’s camp in Dallas every year during Father’s Day weekend. Deen’s culinary lessons will be added to the other skills and principles that the young men learn while at the camp.
“When I’m sitting around a bunch of socialites and they start talking about the past and stuff, that’s my line,” Harvey continued. “I just say it and walk off. I have my little drink in my hand, I just say it. ‘I don’t really care for slavery,’ and walk off. I don’t give a damn if they’re talking about Christopher Columbus. I don’t give a damn if they’re talking about a treaty. I don’t give a damn if they’re talking about an amendment, a bill. I don’t care what the subject is. It could be prohibition,” he continued. “I don’t care what the subject is. When you’re saying it and I don’t know what the hell you’re talking about, my favorite line is, ‘I don’t give a damn about slavery”.
Did I mention he said it during black history month?
Did you know he slapped a guest while eating chicken and collard greens? If that doesn’t say cooning, I don’t know what will. Steve welcomed Ramone Dickerson and Corey Simmons from OWN’s "2 Fat 2 Fly." Ramone and Cory came up with the idea by creating the stuffed chicken wing and now have a reality series on OWN, which follows their food truck business. They came to Steve, looking for some advice from his "Act Like A Success" initiative, (I actually have that book, its a good read. Review coming soon)on how to take their business to the next level... but slapping one of them in front of a crowd of white folks isn’t empowering. I don’t know if it took them to the next level but it def made them look like a bunch of country folks hanging on Madea’s front porch.
Now Don’t get me wrong, I love Steve Harvey. He was a role model to me growing up. I loved his shows and felt like I was learning what it took to be a man from him. Was actually jealous of the kids who actually got to go to his program but now as an adult he got me wondering, what will he do to keep his success? Once black folks reach that level, its like they will do or say anything to keep it. It’s not his fault, thats just the name of the game of fame.