*The NY Times has done a piece on Steve Harvey. With all of his accomplishments over the years and now his recent turn as an author and “relationship guru,” the title of the piece asks if he’s a “Multimedia King?”
It’s not going out on a limb to say that Mr. Harvey has never been more popular – and he is not exactly a stranger to the spotlight. He has appeared on television before, in his own sitcom and as host of a variety show, and he was for years a successful stand-up comedian.
But it is the books that have landed him on “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” “Ellen” and “Good Morning America.” His turn as a relationship adviser is not a complete career reinvention, it is a definitely a dramatic redefinition.
Mr. Harvey has become “a legitimate, genuine American media star,” said Michael Harrison, the publisher of Talkers magazine, which covers the radio business. “He’s a successful radio host for the African-American community, and he’s multicultural.” It’s the goal of any contemporary radio host, Mr. Harrison said, “to not be just a radio personality, but to be a television personality, an author or a newsmaker.”
Even with Mr. Harvey’s new profile, some people sure seem to be mad at him, and the object of that anger is the phenomenally successful “Act Like a Lady,” which has sold 1.2 million copies, according to BookScan, whose figures do not include sales at some mass-market retailers like Wal-Mart.
“I was shocked by his misogynistic views on love and marriage,” wrote one commenter on Amazon.com.
Another wrote: “The book is sexist, stereotyping all men into knuckle-dragging, sports-loving hunters that just need a little sex to keep them happy.” (The book elicited nearly 900 customer reviews on Amazon.)
Mr. Harvey said he was unfazed.
Read Steve Harvey’s response and get MORE of this story HERE.