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Growing To Appreciate Steve Harvey’s Shuckey Jivey Charm On Family Feud

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I like to pretend that, after Steve Hightower went the way of Judy Winslow, Steve Harvey went to live in a cave with post-Emancipation of Mimi Mariah Carey, only to reemerge as the shucky jivey host of Family Feud back 2010. In a perfect world, nothing else—not the Cedric The Entertainer co-signing and certainly not that shirtless photoshoot—happened before or aside from that. Everything else was all a dream nightmare.

You see, Mr. Harvey’s He Man/Woman-Guiding steelo doesn’t exactly jibe with my non-medieval view of the world. I will never grasp why wives, girlfriends, and a metric fucktonne of other answer-seeking ladies flock to this delightfully antiquated, twice-divorced dealer of cavemanly marriage mores for life and love advice. Does bullshit sound better when delivered with a smile? Are Fuckboy Philopsophers more believable when they look, dress, and act like the hookin’ and crookin’ preachers we you grew up with?

The world will never know.

But for all his charlatanly ways, I like him on Family Feud. It’s like watching your favorite old, quick-talking drinky-churchy uncle tap dance around the living room in a 39-button suit with his favorite moonshine flask. Here in 1998, Virginia, I have been subjected to more Steve Harvey than necessary, thanks to Mom’s love of horrible television (she also loves Rachel Ray). Basically, I’ve warmed up to him: I’d play Spades with Family Feud Steve before I allowed Talk Show Steve to make eye contact with me. Trust me, this is progress.

Seeing Family Feud Steve hoot, howl, and ham it up as two families compete for $20,000 and the chance to return to Steve’s world the next day has been more enjoyable than I expected. My immediate reaction when his face comes on screen is to whip out my best surly Harriet Winslow scowl. But I find myself watching. And laughing.

Occasionally, Mom and I shout out answers together.

He is likable here. Gone are the cavemanly marriage mores and the woman-fixing. Okay, so that inner misogynistic grandpa leaks out every now and then. But…it’s not a total turn off.

I appreciate that he goes from black-ish Black to Antebellum sharecropper Black in the presence of a Black family. My favorite episodes involve boisterous Negro families. Guaranteed entertainment. Because we da bess. Sure, he’s animated with every family. That’s part of the job. But in front of Moms Mabely and her four kids? He’s hugging, dancing, cleaning collards and cracking jokes. And his televised Blacktivities warm my Black ass heart.

I have seen this Family Feud clip at least two dozen times. Steve’s question: Name something that follows the word ‘pork.’ Sounds simple enough. The first time I watched this, though, I damn near choked to death from laughter. It gets mo’ better and mo’ Blacker as it progresses. This is among the most outlandishly Black families I’ve seen on television. I would annihilate chicken wings and drink brown liquor with them. I know someone like each of these family members, even the clip’s star, whose confidence was impressive. They, like their shucky jivey host, are a joy to watch. We so special. So special, so special, so special. And extra. And I appreciate our ugly, our cartoonish, and our beautiful. Even Steve’s.

Alex Hardy

Alexander Hardy is the dance captain for Saint Damita Jo Jackson's Royal Army. He is a writer who escaped Hampton, Virginia and is now based in Panama City, Panama. There, he runs The Colored Boy, and consumes copious amounts of chicken. He has written for EBONY.com, CNN, Gawker, and Huffington Post among other outlets. Alexander can likely be found daydreaming about his next meal or Blacking It Up on someone's dance floor. He also doesn't believe in snow or Delaware. Read more from Alex at www.thecoloredboy.com

  • LadyIbaka

    First! #becauseyesIcanObamasaidso

  • The people on Family Feud really piss me off with their nonsensical answers. Yesterday one of the guys was asked “What’s something a camel has that people can also have” Do y’all know this fool said “That thing in they back!!!” I wanted to punch my tv. I know this stuff is on the spot but I always guess the number one answer. Every time.

    • rubbadubbagullagulla

      I’m saying. I wonder where they find some of the families. Like do the producers do a prescreening test? lol

      • I’m sure they do. They make sure to get the loudest, most trigger happy families they can find.

      • LadyIbaka

        is your profile pic the singing blind couple from Mali? Amadou & Mariam?

        • That’s Louis Armstrong playing for his wife in Egypt.

          • LadyIbaka

            Thanks! It’s beautious pic.

        • rubbadubbagullagulla

          So sorry for the late reply. No. This is a picture of Louis Armstrong serenading his wife.

    • IcePrincess

      Did u see at the end of that question, one of the answers on the board for the camel question (that nobody guessed correctly) was “toe!” I howled!

      • Yes. That was my second guess after “hump” People are so stupid.

    • I used to hate that too until I realized that they have to think on the spot in front of a live studio audience and give timed responses.That would cause my brain to freeze up and give nonsensical answers too.

      • This is true. I’m not saying all of these people are Rhodes Scholars, but an ability to give answers on the spot that sound rational isn’t commonplace.

        • Well put me on tv then. I’d win all the money.

    • ALM247

      During a live taping Steve told us that family members have actually had fist fights in the green room due to stupid answers. LOL!!!

  • rubbadubbagullagulla

    I can’t stand Stevie Harvey. Can’t stand him. Often when I see on him TV, I wonder what devil did he make a deal with to end up with a talk show, radio show, and book on mediocre life advice. Out of no where too. No warning or anything, just up and took over. Like really ya’ll, Mr. Hightower? Them same WB Frog, Sunday night Mr. Hightower? And people are OKAY with this?? However. I’ll pull some of the shade back. I admit, I like Family Feud. He is a good on the show. I was giggling the whole time recalling past episodes while reading this article.

  • Marcia

    Pork Cupine…the greatest video clip ever.

      • IcePrincess

        Oh wow….

      • Freebird

        he deserved points for this answer.

        • That was not an anatomically correct term nor were the people on the street giving those kinds of answers lol I bet the top choice was teeth or toe nail, or toes. Smh.

  • Steve certainly fits the show, the way he subconsciously roots for the black families, when he goes on a tangent and you can imagine a producer yelling into his ear piece, and of course he’s mastered the bad answer blank stare. He’s probably the second best host the show ever had, Richard Dawson would kiss your lady and shake your hand after like it wasn’t sh t….the GOAT

    • IcePrincess

      Yea, I love the Steve FF. I watch it every night. I don’t have any family, so I need 4 of yall to go on there wit me. Let’s sweep the week & get $100,000! Anything less ain’t worth it, it’s too many ppl on that cheap azz show. Even if they win the 20 thou, that’s 4 apiece, after taxes, like 2000 smh. Then they give u one car to split between 5 ppl. *revs chain saw, Medea-style*

      • Aly

        I’m a little embarrassed to admit this, but I actually looked into auditioning for FF. I found out that you have to be related by blood, marriage or adoption. I was only able to round up four family members, but maybe we can adopt you and you can be our fifth. ;-)

        • Meet me at the altar….

          • Aly

            That’s another option for sure…

            • Sigma_Since 93

              We can then bring him into the fold. #blueandwhite

          • Sigma_Since 93

            *ques up Jagged Edge’s Let’s Get Married*

          • afronica

            You would KILL on FF. But you might not make it on the show cuz you’d be one-upping Steve right and left.

        • IcePrincess

          Well, you did say my accent reminds you of your sister, so maybe this could work….

          • Lea Thrace

            My brother is married to a white woman. We can just say you’re her. Problem solved!

            • IcePrincess

              Ha! That’s genius! Let’s do it

    • Sigma_Since 93

      Richard Dawson was the GOAT!

    • KKay

      Thinking of Richard Dawson makes me think about the beginning of European Vacation (yes, I’m old and have a penchant for terrible-wonderful movies) when they lampooned him and his kissing antics mercilessly.

      • miss t-lee

        Richard Dawson used to be soooooo flagrant… lol

        • Jay

          European Vacation is a classic!

          • miss t-lee

            YES!

            • Jay

              All of them really.

              • miss t-lee

                True.

          • KKay

            Yes, yes it is. I wonder if it is on Netflix.

            *Edit*
            Boo it’s not. Not on Amazon Prime either.

            • Jay

              Question: why were Audrey and Rusty always different ages?? In the first one Rusty is like 16 and Audrey about 14, by Christmas Vacation Rusty was like 9 and Audrey, played by Juliette Lewis was like 19 lol

              • KKay

                That was the running joke throughout the whole series. Always different kids and different ages.

                I first saw it when I was around 8 when my older cousin wanted to see it and she was babysitting us at the time. We had to promise not to tell my grandmother that she took us to see it. This also occurred when she wanted to see Raiders of the Lost Ark which ended up giving my older sister nightmares.

              • Lea Thrace

                Cause the actor who played Rusty had a growth spurt right before filming the ending reshoot and ended up looking older. They had to rewrite to accommodate. Rusty was always supposed to be little brother.

                http://www.pajiba.com/seriously_random_lists/six-facts-you-didnt-know-about-the-6-men-who-have-played-rusty-griswold-in-the-vacation-movies.php

                #themoreyouknow

                • Jay

                  Finally… I can sleep nights.

              • miss t-lee

                I often wondered this…lol

  • To be fair, he does have an early morning TV show where he does all his relationship stuff. His success comes from mastering the gay-friend role, without coming off as too gay, where he has to worry that Latifah-like pics might drop from TMZ at some point.

    • The whole relationship steez came in from the advice letters, a common radio trope. The fact that Steve was already a celebrity he was able to flip that into a book while DJ Peter Parker probably wouldn’t have

      • tgtaggie

        Some of those strawberry letters can’t be real life. Like there was a dude a couple of weeks ago wonder what was wrong with caping for his stripper baby mama.

    • That’s an excellent way of putting it. Then again, I always give a bit of a side-eye to women who lean on gay friends anyway. They want some man to validate their feelings without being called on to do something for the guy. Something about that whole relationship comes off a bit exploitative for me. It’s like everything has to be about her, but she’s too chicken to come out and say it.

  • This remains the ONLY game show that I would love to be on.I like that Steve Harvey tends to say what I am thinking when people give crazy answers. One of my favorite clips is this one: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vovJ-JsK9h4

    • I liked dude in the military mess dress. He played that perfectly well. And I don’t blame the other dude for a second for not answering.

      • Epsilonicus

        That question will have you permanently banished to the couch.

    • nillalatte

      So glad you put this up. I DIED laughing at this when it made the rounds on FB. Ain’t no way in h3ll these two were going to answer that question. Smart men. They know where their bread is buttered! :D

  • BreezyX2

    *runs around e-room screaming* Alex wrote tuhday!! *hi-fives everybody and sits my black a$$ down*

    Lisssen Alex Hardy, eye watch Family Feud everyday…even on Sunday’s on the Game Show network #cuzwhynot

    I love watching Steve do his switch on switch off routine with the black and white families. It’s really a work of art. I also especially like listening to what he says to the loosing family at the end if they are black. Its always something up lifting and whatnot. He be talmbout “you guys were awesome, this shid was fixed, you shoulda won, eye can’t even front, hit me up after this”

    • Amazonian Midget

      The only other person who seemed to master the art of tv code switching was Carson Daly during his TRL days.

    • CamCamtheGreat

      We see eye-to-eye on FF-edition Steve Harvey.

  • I don’t mind Steve Harvey because I know he isn’t doing his job for people like me. There’s always going to be a low-brow in a society because that’s how societies tend to work. Regardless of what I think, his closet will be stocked with the freshest of church suits, so meh.

    That said, the shade is epic in this one. I get that you don’t mess with him, but yeesh, let him live. Just tip your hat to him and move on. :)

  • Off topic but white people have officially stole and taken credit for the shmoney dance (notice how he says invent)! Something needs to be done. They can have swag, Brooklyn and tiger woods but white people can’t take shmoney dancing from us smh.. #RIPhattoss

    http://www.complex.com/sports/2014/09/us-junior-ryder-cup-team-shmoney-dance

    • Yeah, being a golfer makes you a part of the establishment. I don’t care if you can show me the receipts of you growing up in a trailer park and having to caddy to pay for tee times. LOL Somewhere, Bobby Shmurda is laughing to himself. His hoodlum self has managed to cross over to the establishment. :)

    • Meridian

      White people would appropriate not liking white people appropriating things if they were aware it’s popular in black culture.

      http://www.buzzfeed.com/tracyclayton/white-people-ruin-everything?s=mobile

      • Can we steal pumpkin spice lattes, yoga pants, indie rock and the movie “Pitch Perfect” in return? I think we could definitely ruin yoga pants. I’ve already seen White women with a$$ kill it. Why not let Black women finish the job? :)

        • We need another racial draft

        • Meridian

          We took yoga pants and turned them into body suits. We also appropriated upscale hotels and travel accommodations; Gucci, Burberry, and champagne; ugg boots; and foodie-ism. I see your Pitch Perfect and raise you Glee.

          • Meridian

            Oh whoops! I accidentally posted the same photo three times. It wasn’t showing up so I kept trying to add it lol. Oh well, she fine. Black people look good in appropriated clothing, is the point here.

            • Epsilonicus

              This makes me such a fan of bodysuits. Especially when they are on the right body.

              • Meridian

                Well I’m glad to expand your horizons of fashion lol.

                • Epsilonicus

                  You are doing the Lord’s work on this sunny Friday!

            • ED

              I’d upvote this three times if I could

          • Jay

            Hey, could you post another pic of ole girl in the body suit?

            • Meridian

              Blacktino swag for your viewing pleasure. :-) That is if the photo shows up lol.

              • Jay

                Gawd… that waist to hip ratio tho.

                • BreezyX2

                  I swear fa gawd if one more man mentions waist to hip ratio…I will find the nearest bridge and jump. What about her mind Jay?!?!

                  • Well, we can start talk about cans of corn and how they’re related to men… ;-)

                    • BreezyX2

                      Eye know nuffin of which you speak Todd!!!! *looks off into distance*

                  • Any man worth 2 cents cares about a woman’s mind, but that dont mean we can’t appreciate physical beauty for what it is!

                  • Meridian

                    The ratio of personality to booty is superb!

                  • Jay

                    There’s a time and place to admire a woman’s mind. And its not when she is standing in front of you with a pouty look and her hand on her hip wearing a body suit.

              • Jay

                I was being sarcastic because of your triple post but NOOOOO complaints here.

                • Meridian

                  Tbh, I was thinking ‘those 3 photos weren’t enough’ and I was gonna crack a joke, but I figured you were being a guy and asking for more womanly goodness.

              • Epsilonicus

                Who is she?

                • Meridian

                  Some IG model my girlfriends were talking about.

        • AlwaysCC

          ummm…yoga pants and pitch perfect have already been taken.

        • Wild Cougar

          Lookit Linda. We took golf, tennis, and bout to take swimming. That’s after swiping marathons, baseball and then giving it to the Dominicans cuz they’re just Spanish speaking ninjas. The only thing they have left in sports is soccer and hockey and I’m sure some ninjas are warming up and stretching to take that too. Let em take twerking and shmoney dance. We were gonna abandon it as tired in a minute anyway.

          • Um, we pretty much got soccer too. There are a lot of African dudes and African-dudes-fronting-as-Europeans (Hi Mario Ballotelli!) running soccer, with the balance being run by Latinos. Wayne Rooney and Robin van Persie are like the only White guys repping for soccer these days. LOL

            • Truth. Soccer been took. *Edit* I will add this though- Soccer is one of those sports where white players can actually hang with the melanin, instead of tapping out on some “oh they’re just built to perform better”, or ” they’re so fast because cops” BS.

              They can hang because they’ve been raised in it, they care about it, and put the work in.

            • Val

              And, it was a Black guy, Pele, who actually made soccer popular in the U.S. for a minute back in the day.

              • Yes- when he came to play for the NY Cosmos. I was young, but I remember it being a big deal.

            • arafat

              And the have two dudes(brothers at that) in NHL and dudes are on fire, soon enough i’m sure we’ll have a whole click……. Ballotelli isn’t actually fronting dude was adopted by some Italian couple after his mom gave him up for adopting for having some condition(can’t remember what) and they changed his name. Until he got back in-touch with his brother the only home he knew was Italy.

          • Lea Thrace

            “giving it to the Dominicans cuz they’re just Spanish speaking ninjas.”

            My laughter was entirely too loud after reading that line.

          • Meridian

            lmao @ appropriating things we don’t even want anymore. That’s a good point. They do tend to like things that are old news to but appropriation still sucks.

          • menajeanmaehightower

            I laughed. Thank you. And this: “The only thing they have left in sports is soccer and hockey and I’m
            sure some ninjas are warming up and stretching to take that too.” Let us figure out a way to deal with the cold and both olympics and winter sports are a rap.

            • BreezyX2

              I read that and immediately thought of a crew of black dudes wearing black Adidas track suits stretching and flapping their arms back and forth like Michael Phelps.

          • CamCamtheGreat

            LMAO! @ “Lookit Linda”.

            “Linda. Linda, honey, listen.”

      • That list hurt my soul

      • We gave an inch they took a mile, there’s always been this thing when a white person “acts black” it makes it that much more hilarious or then they’re “down”. You never see it inversely, if I quote Anchorman or sing a Katy Perry song its whatever, if a white dude spits a ghostface verse its OMG I can’t believe he knew that….meh.

        • Meridian

          There’s also that super uncomfortable moment when you don’t even mind them being there, but then they have to go the extra mile to *prove* they’re down, and then it’s just offensive. We should steal cop catch phrases and be like, “I’m gonna need you to calm down. You are in violation of official protocol. *adjusts belt*

          If a black person likes Taylor Swift we’ll get that super dee duper side eye though.

          • Epsilonicus

            “If a black person likes Taylor Swift we’ll get that super dee duper side eye though.”

            *Looks over at Rachmo*

            • Meridian

              Ut oh. Just kidding? >.<

            • Rachmo

              And I will never stop getting low to “Trouble”

              • Epsilonicus

                I know not what you speak of

          • AlwaysCC

            i actually kinda like taylor’s songs *kanye shrug*

            • Meridian

              Kanye shrugging Taylor Swift.

              • That’s some circle of life ish right there.

              • AlwaysCC

                see what i did there? lol

          • Lea Thrace

            “If a black person likes Taylor Swift we’ll get that super dee duper side eye though.”

            Just learned a tap dance routine to a TS song. I didnt hate it. Giving myself the super side eye…

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