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The 'color' part of that has been a major topic of discussion lately. Is the Steve Harvey edition of Family Feud really meant to aim towards non-whites? Or is the risque humor a bigger issue?
It is true that on about three quarters of all episodes since 2010, a white family faces an African American family. While about forty percent of the families are Black or African American through the duration of the latest Family Feud seasons, only 12 percent of the American population today is Black or African American. Three quarters of America is white.
If you want to take a look at the population around Atlanta, where Family Feud has been filmed since 2011, 32% is black or African American while 55% is white. If you have looked at the audience at a Family Feud episode taped in Atlanta, almost all of the audience is non White.
I really do not see any race issues with Family Feud. Watching many Family Feud episodes from 2010 and after, especially with the current 86 GSN reruns per week, undeniably more than half of the families are from Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Tennessee and Kentucky. Meanwhile, four of the top six states listed there have the most African-Americans by state. Many cities throughout those states also have a high black population.
More of the focus should be the type of humor on Family Feud. Instead of "Lady's private parts", the board will say "Va-Jay-Jay." Instead of "Man's privates", the board will say "His Baloney Pony." While I may be a fan of Family Feud, Steve Harvey and the massive cycle of Family Feud reruns on GSN (for ratings sake), I do not get why these answers are completely necessary. The humor should be 100% focused on Steve, the contestants and dumb answers (like "Naked Grandma") but it should not be 'dirtying up' the answers on the board.
The humor definitely outweighs any race issues for today's Family Feud. The families on the show today are some of the funniest, brightest and most entertaining in the show's 39 year history, no matter what race. The families have not changed since the John O'Hurley era, but the jokes have. Mainly, the board answers, and for the worse too.
But one thing is for sure: you cannot argue with the ratings. In September 2010, the start of Steve Harvey's era on Family Feud, averaged a 1.5 household rating. Just in the past year, Steve Harvey Family Feud hit a 7.2 household rating in the last week of January. That's a 380% increase. Sure, Family Feud benefits from several runs. No matter what, Family Feud has risen to become one of the top syndicated shows in television right now and more renown and popular in society today, a mark Feud was no where close to before Steve Harvey.