I Don't Like Steve Harvey. Yes, I Said It

In a piece for the Huffington Post critiquing the approach of the comedian-relationship guru, Kirsten West Savali predicts that the only redeeming feature of his new film, Think Like a Man, will be the money it makes at the box office.

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In a piece for the Huffington Post critiquing the approach of the author-comedian-relationship guru, Kirsten West Savali predicts that the only redeeming feature of his new film, Think Like a Man, will be the money it makes at the box office.

I don't like Steve Harvey -- yes, I said it.

To be more precise, since I've never met the man personally, I don't like what Steve Harvey represents.

There is an arrogance -- a barely sheathed tone of alpha-male superiority that permeates everything he spews from politics to relationships -- that simply makes my skin crawl. In his controversial "book," Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, he presumes that women are so desperate to snare a man that they will blindly lap up advice from anyone with a pen and a publicist. In a deliberate attempt at adverse-feminism, he casts women as simple-minded huntresses who -- with a simple fifteen-dollar literary weapon from Barnes & Noble -- will be armed with the sophisticated techniques needed to catch our flawed masculine prey. To make matters worse, he has a consistent habit of illuminating the misogyny in the Bible for public consumption, as if the Great One himself parted the clouds and said, "Woman, thou shall be a lady in the streets, but a freak in the sheets ... (((sheets))) ... (((sheets))) ... "

Read Kirsten West Savali's entire piece at the Huffington Post.

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Kirsten West Savali is a cultural critic and senior writer for The Root, where she explores the intersections of race, gender, politics and pop culture. You can always find her where the good fight is—or good cookies. Follow her on Twitter.

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