Comedian Steve Harvey recently had something to say on his Celebrity Family Feud show.
Known for his talks on the Steve Harvey show, the 59-year-old comedian has garnered much respect over the years. This is despite some slip-ups, namely the incorrect name being announced at the Miss USA 2016 event. But while jokes and humorous stories are just one of Steve’s many tools, a bigger issue arose during a show preview that involved a contestant who spoke about his life.
"I will never stop loving my kid." https://t.co/oX3x0ZJ8AQ— Gary Alan Hidalgo (@garya1an) August 28, 2016
In a report by People Magazine, Olympic skier Gus Kenworthy admitted to Steve Harvey that he had come out as gay to his family. He also expressed that his family was playing for the Happy Hippie Foundation. The organization was started by artist Miley Cyrus, and Gus relayed this information to Steve Harvey as the comedian looked on.
“When I came out as gay to my family, they were completely loving and supportive. Unfortunately, that’s not a reality for a lot of LGBT youth,” Gus began. “When they tell their parents, a lot of kids end up on the streets.”
There’s been a lot of controversy in regards to the LGBT community as a whole. To this day, many still struggle with the reality of acceptance and the hardship of openly discussing such a lifestyle.
Upon hearing Gus’s words, Steve Harvey had this to say in response.
“I guess I don’t get that part,” Harvey replied. “If it’s my kid, it’s my kid. I would never stop loving my kid.”
Steve Harvey hasn’t always had the best of luck with the LGBT community. In a report by Daily Dot last year, Harvey was constantly under fire for comments made during his show. Some went as far as to call it misogyny, though opinions seem overall mixed.
Harvey received applause for his words, the Kenworthy family joining in to express appreciation for his statements. There certainly appears to be no love lost when it comes to Steve Harvey and family, though he had to take a moment and throw an amusing addition into his reaction toward Gus’s words.
“Now, if your a** ain’t working, you got to get out.”
While Steve carries a huge smile and is known for his antics onstage, his family life reflects the love that he portrayed in his response to the Kenworthy family. Alongside wife Marjorie, Harvey supports a family of seven. The You Got Served actor spoke to People in May, discussing his views on family.
“I said, ‘Look, you don’t like it? Deal with it. I don’t need y’all’s permission.'”
It’s clear that Harvey has suffered through hardship, but his statements toward Gus and family seem to reflect the love that he has for those within his circle.
Still, there are some who would question the legitimacy of Steve Harvey’s response. It was previously reported last year by the Inquisitr that Steve Harvey held gay men in a negative light, going as far to express their inability to live without a woman. There’s also the matter that Harvey has also suffered through a divorce, leaving the legitimacy of his counsel in questionable waters. Of course, people are capable of change. It remains to be seen whether or not Harvey’s beliefs have truly changed, and this leaves critics to opinions that will either stand for or against his statements during the Celebrity Family Feud show.
One can only hope that Steve Harvey’s words were genuine. Regardless, the LGBT community could consider it a victory that celebrities are willing to speak on such sensitive matters.
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