Did Steve Harvey Plagiarize His New Book from Another Woman?
I like Steve Harvey. I didn’t like the dissing he was getting recently from Katt Williams about his teeth, his passé hairdo, and his big suits and his comedy. I happen to loathe Katt Williams; the second coming of Richard Pryor he is not, so I think he’s no expert on anybody. I don’t follow Steve that closely, just enough to keep him in mind. He was one of The Original Kings of Comedy; enough said. I liked those guys and I liked him–as a performer. I knew that he was not having much luck getting comedy gigs, and that his online men’s store promoting his style had either folded or was in trouble. He was floundering, looking for a new angle, a new gimmick. Maybe, just a new life.
Therefore, it was quite a surprise to me that suddenly he was hot. And for the most unlikeliest of reasons. Steve Harvey was getting a lot of play over his new book on relationships, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man. I saw it rocket up to No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list, causing him to appear on afternoon talk shows, including and especially on Her Majesty Oprah’s show. Oprah featured him twice; the second time, it was with him and 300 women in the audience (and on Skype) talking about how to handle guys.
Okay, I thought. Well, well. He’s got a new thing going on. Finally.
So tonight, I go over to The Field Negro’s blog before I turn in, and again I am surprised–by this:
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRLog (Press Release) – Mar 01, 2009 – Did Steve Harvey copy the book title Act Like A Lady Think Like A Man and theme from an earlier book? Book with same title & theme copyrighted and published by Sharon P. Carson in 2003 CHICAGO, IL – Sharon P. Carson the author of the original title; Act Like A Lady –Think Like A Man, watched the February 27th episode of the Ophra [sic] show on which Steve Harvey was promoting his book of the same title. She was hoping that Steve would reveal to Oprah where he got the title and the theme for the book. It just seemed odd to her that his book had the same title and theme as her book that was copyrighted in 2003. Thinking of all the self-published poets and authors like herself who have a hard time finding publishers for their materials, she was hoping for perhaps some recognition that the idea for the book might have come from her, especially since upon subsequently purchasing the book, she found some interesting parallels. But then she thought that it was not unusual for a high profiled person to take a great title and theme, rewrite a book and use their celebrity to sell it. This she says happens too often to the unsung poets, authors and entrepreneurs of the world. Steve wrote in his book that his hope was to “empower you with a wide-open look into the minds of men.” Sharon P. Carson wrote in her book in 2003 that women need to gain some insight into how men think in terms of relationships. Sharon also noted that in chapter 8 of Steve Harvey’s book titled “Why Men Cheat” he came to the same conclusion that she did in chapter 37 of her book, titled “Why would a man cheat”; “because they can”.Sharon actively promoted her book before the release in January 2009 of Steve Harvey’s book and would not like to see her promotion efforts hindered. She feels that her book has much to offer from a woman’s perspective and seeks empower women to practice self love and tough love in relationships. Before the publication of Steve Harvey’s book of the same title, Sharon bought the domain name; http://www.actlikealadythinklikeaman.com/ from which she has been selling her book. She has also held seminars with women at a Chicago University in promotion of her book and can be viewed on the following YouTube clip as she was being interviewed on a cable television program about her book in 2007 ; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxVVQX15X2Y. Sharon hopes that her earlier book with the same title will finally receive the recognition it deserves and is currently consulting with attorneys regarding her options.”
Now I can excuse the bad English for a moment. It doesn’t look pretty. If Steve Harvey has plagiarized this woman’s book, he is going to go down in flames. He will be finished as a public figure and a performer. He will have to pay Sharon Carson some ducats. And it would mark the third time that Oprah has been hit by a fantasist or plagiarist in helping to market a book.
I’m with Field. I hope that this ain’t true, for Harvey’s sake. That this is one of those co-inky-dinks, like the sista who said that the Wachowski brothers stole her idea for The Matrix, or that this is one of those things off of Snopes.com. I hope that it ain’t true.