Say What: Men Show Up to Steve Harvey Taping To Call Women Bitches?!

Rucuss staffAugust 21, 2015

Talk show host Steve Harvey may have beaten off a little more than he can chew.

On Sunday, Harvey held a taping for a two-hour special of his daytime program. The theme of the show was “What Men Really Think.” So the comedian packed 2,000 men into a theatre downtown. And according to several in attendance, the men called female guests bitches, hounded them with catcalls, howls, and whistles, and ridiculed some men with homophobic slurs.

On Facebook, Chicago comedian Tim Dunn described what he saw during the 10-hour, two-part taping. He claims the show was billed to the men in attendance as a male-only summit on dating and relationships. And before coming to the taping, the men were asked to answer a 53-question survey via email.

But there was a surprise when the men entered the venue. There were over a 100 women onstage too. The day didn’t go as smoothly as planned. Dunn’s recounted the events on his Facebook page:

– Over a hundred women were seated onstage, and when they got up to speak they were catcalled. This resulted in the warm-up comic asking the men to stop catcalling, as the vibe in the room had become “too rapey.”

– When women skyped in to ask Steve for advice, their image was displayed on large screens, which men would either catcall or groan at based on the women’s looks. And like, if you looked at the guys groaning, spending a night with any of these women would be the absolute best night of their lives.

– During a segment about how often men want sex, a young man got up and mentioned that he is sometimes too tired from work to have sex with his girlfriend. He was immediately booed and had homophobic epithets yelled at him.

– During the same segment, a woman got up and described a time when she didn’t want to have sex because she had just finished a tiring road trip. In that time, she was first catcalled, then booed, ending with a man yelling “you haven’t done your duty!” in response to her story.

– To end that segment, Steve said it should be the woman’s decision whether or not to have sex. Only the women onstage, the comedians in our row, and a few other men throughout the theater applauded that statement.

All of these events were verified on a podcast composed of other local comedians in Chicago that was hosted by one named Sammy Tamimi. On Tamimi’s podcast, Bryan Duff and Tyler Samples describe men in the audience essentially claiming some of the women on-stage—“I call the one in yellow!”—screaming things like “you bitch,” describing a woman who appeared via Skype as a “pump it and dump it,” and yelling “pussy” and homophobic slurs at the aforementioned man who said he was sometimes too tired to have sex.

The two-part special will air on September 8 and 9. Its unclear if the show will air audience members yelling ‘bitch’ and other horrible things.

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