Shots Fired! Steve Harvey Calls Dr. Cornel West, Tavis Smiley “Uncle Toms”


Vibe | August 11, 2011 - 3:15 pm

Family Fued host, Steve Harvey blasted Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley on his national syndicated morning radio show this week. The famed actor/comedian called them “Uncle Toms,” after reading an email from a listener regarding their “Poverty Bus” to be no more than a “hustle.”

The email was enough to set Harvey off, as he proceeded to berate the two on their constant criticism of President Barack Obama, saying “I was a huge fan of Cornel West. (But) Tavis, I seen him coming a mile away. His anger started when he had a town hall meeting, President Obama couldn’t come because of the campaign trail and he sent Mrs. Obama. He has held that grudge every since.” 

Dr. Cornel West and Tavis Smiley have been gung-ho on the Poverty Bus campaign. Their goal is to ride around raising awareness for the plight of the homeless. But, Steve Harvey isn’t buying it:

“Make sure you don’t get on the poverty bus,” he ridiculed. “Because if you ain’t po’, when you ride the bus, you become po’.”

Check out the video below of the audio taken from the rant. Do you agree with Harvey? -Tyler McDermott

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