Mayor demands apology from Steve Harvey over insensitive Flint water crisis comment

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FLINT, MI – Flint Mayor Karen Weaver is demanding an apology from comedian Steve Harvey after he made comments about the city’s water crisis.

“As Mayor for the City of Flint, and someone who has been on your show and spoken with you personally about the “Flint Water Crisis.” I was deeply saddened by your comments about our city,” said a June 15, 2017 letter from Weaver to Harvey. “While I feel that it was not meant to be an intentional hurt or insult against the citizens of this community, it was.”

Harvey came under fire after he made jokes about the city’s water crisis on morning radio this week.

“We are still going through many hardships and challenges caused by the poisoning of our city,” wrote Weaver. “To make a joke out of a tragedy such as this was a in very poor taste, especially coming from someone of your stature.”

Harvey, made the comment during his morning radio show after a caller commented on the Cleveland Cavaliers losing game five of the NBA finals to the Golden State Warriors. Harvey, who is a Cavaliers fan, told the caller, who said he was from Flint, to “enjoy your nice brown glass of water.”

The radio show’s co-host apologized for Harvey’s comments.

“Steve calm it down, your out there now, reel it in man,” said the co-host. “On behalf of the Steve Harvey Morning Show and our boss i particular we apologize.”

Harvey did issue a statement regarding the issue but has not apologized.

 

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