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Comedian and talk-show host Steve Harvey found himself in hot water, once again, this week when he made a joke to a Flint, Michigan, resident about having to drink “brown” water. Ever since the joke aired on his radio show, Harvey has been receiving a barrage of criticism from fans who are demanding that he apologize for being insensitive in regard to the Flint water crisis. Now, Harvey has spoken up about the controversy and is defending himself amid the backlash.

As previously reported, Harvey got into heated debate with the Flint resident who was adamant that the Cleveland Cavaliers don’t “deserve jack” after their loss to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals.

“You from Flint?” Harvey asked the caller. “That’s why y’all ain’t even got clean water. When was the last time you touched water and it didn’t have lead in it?”

Harvey then added, “enjoy your nice brown glass of water.”

Well, understandably, fans were outraged at Harvey and have been blasting him all week for making a joke of the national controversy.

Recently, Harvey finally spoke about the controversy in a recent interview and explained that he was surprised at people’s reaction to his joke.

“The uproar came. This is sort of crazy. It was out of context,” Harvey said about the backlash to his joke. “I was just talking to this one guy.”

During the interview, Harvey further defended himself by saying that when the Flint water crisis first erupted, he made it a point to devote an entire hour to shining a light on the atrocity. He also explained that he even invited Hillary Clinton on his radio show to share her thoughts on the crisis and how she felt the government should respond to the needs of Flint’s citizens.

“I had city officials and city members for a whole hour,” Harvey said.

Harvey then added that he felt like fans were taking his jokes too seriously and that he feels like he isn’t free to say what he wants to say anymore.

“I don’t know if I’ll be able to tell jokes. I can’t say nothin’ about nobody!” Harvey said.

Well, what do you think about Harvey’s response to the controversy? Let us know in the comments.

Nicholas Robinson

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  • britishrose

    he need to keep his big mouth closed , he is now realizing that , the way he treated his sons mother while he lavished a kingpin girlfriend aka margie , ,is symbolic of all this back lashing he gets , i first noticed it when he failed the ms universe pageant , mary has survived in ways hardly any of us would have , he took her home car and life and son away so his new gangster wife would be good with him . wanted a trophy wife for sure . and got more than he bargained for .. margie is a gold digger , she spent hundreds of dollars when her dope dealing boyfriend was locked up
    steve need to reflect on his pass and reason as to why he in the spot he in … whites my love him inspite but brothers and feeling him nothing but a fool

  • ChocolateCity

    Its arrogance that make people think that they can say and do anything they want….his monkey looking ass need to drowned in some brown water…..oh, my bad thats a joke.

  • Sue

    What Steve does not seem to understand, is that his joke to one guy was about a situation that effected many. And as for him saying that he talked about the Flint situation on his show. That should of told him not to make a dumb joke like he did. It is sad that he does not see the wrong in the joke. The reason he is getting a lot of backlash lately. Is because when you do wrong it will catch up with you sooner or later. Steve is letting his fame get to his head. He needs a reality check.

  • kdean

    I agree with everyone stated previously vvv #sonotteamSteve