Friday, June 24, 2022

Steve Harvey Defends Wife After Outrage Over Her ‘Retarded’ Comment

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*Over Easter weekend, Steve Harvey’s wife, Marjorie, pissed off many of their fans when she seemingly unintentionally offended the mentally challenged by using the word “retarded.”

Here’s what went down…. on Saturday, Steve and Marjorie were chilling at home when she decided to post one of their kitchen moments on Instagram. In the video, they playfully dispute who cuts beets better: Marjorie or Steve.

“I’m sitting here arguing with my husband, ’cause clearly, he thinks I’m retarded [and] I don’t know how to cut a beet,” Marjorie says in the video.

Watch the clip below.

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Too early in the morning for this! ? I just want to make some fresh juice

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Marjorie’s use of the word “retarded,” left many folks feeling a certain way, and Mrs. Harvey was blasted for being insensitive to those with disabilities.

As noted by ILOSM, Marjorie’s playful description didn’t seem to be intentionally mocking the mentally challenged, however, for those who are/or have loved ones with developmental issues, using the term, “retarded” is no different than a non-Black person playfully using the term “nigger.”

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Many fans flooded Marjorie’s IG post with reactions to her remarks. But Steve was quick to jump in and defend his wife, writing:

“What you trippin bout cause my wife said the word retarded ….it’s a word ain’t it? and she ain’t talking bout nobody but herself tome, now man Sh_t what she was doing was just that and she ain’t saying it bout nobodies baby…. I don’t ever comment but dam is you just looking for something to be pissed off about cause we ain’t and I wrote it retarded. NAH!!”

See Steve’s post below.

Once he decided to jump in and stand up for his wife, many fans were quick to pop off.

Check out a sample of the comments below:

tonypenny1968: Remember when you decided it would be a good idea to meet with president-elect Donald Trump and then participate in a photo op with him? Remember when people called you a coon and an Uncle Tom because of it? Remember how that made you feel? That’s the same sting that people with special needs and their loved ones feel whenever someone uses the word retarded. Steve I love your humor, your relentless work ethic, and your commitment to the community. I just wish you could understand why this word is so hurtful. Happy Resurrection Sunday.

oakssuzanne: Just lost all respect for youso beyond disappointed by your choice of word used and your thinking upon this situation that you choosed this word. Pure ignorance. Stupidity would be a better choice of words. Not a disability!!! Expected backlash. #momofdschild #retartardusedfreely

sry_mrs.jackson: @iamsteveharveytv It’s an issue because retarded is a word used to mock those with mental retardation. You don’t have to calling a being who had disabilities retarded in order for it to be offensive just like a white person doesn’t have to call a black person a nigger in order for it to be offensive. Being that I have a son with special needs I hate that word and yes I use to say it until I had a child and understood the term. I literally had to have this convo with my sis-in-law who always uses the word slow. She’s always like man you slow lol. But it’s not funny when you are using someone’s disability as a mockery even if the person your not talking to isn’t “slow”.

There were some who agreed with Steve, with many leaving comments similar to this:

robinfromjersey: @iamsteveharveytv AINT nothing wrong with the way your wife used the word retarted. I’m agreeing with you!! People are so uptight. Love you guys!!

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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7 COMMENTS

  1. When I was younger WE ALL knew; “Sticks and stones may break my bones, BUT WORDS CAN NEVER HURT ME. What has happened??? Everybody [well except my generation!] is a snowflake!!! Get over yourselves!!!

  2. I bet the mentally handicapped need to be reminded that they are offended by this comment. I am offended by you being such a p@#$%^ that you’re offended.

  3. I believe she just said something we all would have said when someone is just being goofy, why in the hell does everyone have to take every thing so litterly ,I am sick of the fact that everything is so racist, again why can’t we all just get along? and be good to one another, its not hard to be a good person, it takes a lot of more energy to be an A -hole then it does to look out for our fellow man or women no matter what race ,sex preference ,age, or educational background they may .

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