Steve Harvey Suggests That Smiley and West Are “Uncle Toms”

Steve Harvey Suggests That Smiley and West Are “Uncle Toms”

Steve Harvey blasts Tavis Smiley and Cornel West for criticizing President Obama and suggests that they are "Uncle Toms" who may be being paid to conduct their poverty tour.

Published August 11, 2011

There’s no question what radio host and comedian Steve Harvey thinks about the poverty tour of 16 poor communities around the nation that PBS host Tavis Smiley and Princeton professor Cornel West have embarked on. Earlier this week during a broadcast of his syndicated radio show, Harvey blasted them and suggested that they are “Uncle Toms” for criticizing President Obama.


He and his co-hosts performed a skit about the fictitious site, which also had two people traveling by bus on a poverty tour. One was spotted “talking out of the side of his mouth” and the other had a “Don King hair cut” and thinks he’s smarter than they are.


“Make sure you don’t get on the poverty bus,” Harvey warned listeners. “Because if you ain’t po’, if you ride the bus you become po’.”


Harvey thinks that the real motive for the tour is to promote the pair’s own self interests, such as their radio program and books. He also questioned whether they are being paid to conduct the tour because he couldn’t imagine them digging into their own pockets to pay for their tricked-out buses for the love of poor people.


“If they’re buying the bus, it’s a van,” Harvey said.


Harvey also had very harsh words for Smiley, who he says still harbors a grudge because Obama was unable to attend a town hall meeting he hosted in 2008 because of campaign trail commitments, and offered to send his wife instead. Harvey was outraged by Smiley’s suggestion in a recent interview that Obama hold a two to three day White House poverty summit that, of course, Smiley and West would participate in.


“Who in the hell got two to three days for your ass? I, I ain’t got time to sit down with your monkey behind for no two, three damn days, let alone the president of the United States,” Harvey cried. “We got three damn wars out here, the economy crashing and we going to sit down with Tavis ass for three days?”


Apparently not.


(Photo: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Written by Joyce Jones


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