Actor Christian Keyes is not feeling Steve Harvey's foul and insensitive comment about the Flint water situation at all.
It all started when a caller on the Steve Harvey Morning show went toe-to-toe with the comedian over the Golden State Warriors and Cavaliers basketball game. Harvey must have felt some kind of way having lived in Cleveland at some point.
Taking offense to the caller's comment, Harvey asked the caller, "You from Flint?"
When the caller confirmed, Harvey commented with a low blow saying, "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? 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?"
When his co-hosts called for him to "reel it in", Harvey attempted to clean things up a bit by claiming, "I wasn't talking about the city of Flint, I was talking about him."
He closed out the call with one last low blow by saying, “One more thing. ... Enjoy your nice brown glass of water."
Enraged fans, the mayor of Detroit, and a civil rights group demanded that Harvey apologize for the insensitive remarks. The city of Flint, Michigan has not had clean water since April 25, 2014. It is reprehensible to joke about such a travesty when people are dying and children are not developing because of the water crisis in Flint.
Keyes, being the upstanding man that he is, had some harsh words for Harvey but he addressed them to the older comedian directly like a man should.
I gotta say; I’m kind of disappointed man that you find that joke worthy – making jokes about the water situation in Flint. [There are ] 9,000 cases of lead poisoning three and four year old kids who are yet to speak because the lead has left them disabled to a certain extent and they haven’t been able to develop properly.
We have supported you through a lot of stuff, man. And if you did a show in Flint, I guarantee people would come out by the thousands – spending money they don’t even have to come see and support you, and take their minds off of what they’ve been going through. And you are out there cracking jokes about the dirty polluted water – telling the Flint native to enjoy his dirty glass of brown water. You should be ashamed of yourself. You are setting a terrible example. I know accidents happen, so this is a perfect time to lift up that heavy [expletive] mustache of yours and apologize to the city of Flint. Have some class man.
The joke was tasteless and tacky. I can't help but agree with Christian Keyes. , "Have some class man."