If Sherri Shepphard from ABC’s The View, and “NBC’s” Star Jones were to ever have a baby, I believe that child would be CBS’s Sheryl Underwood.
Think I’m a bit harsh in my opinion of the talk show host/comedian? Well keep reading…
The Talk, a broke down, medicore, carbon-copy of ABC’s ‘The View” (and let’s ALL be honest about that one) discussed a “hot topic” recently that has me channeling my inner ‘Whoopi Gholdberg’ screaming, ‘what the hail?’.
Get ready to clutch your pearls cause we’re going in… apparently homegirl has much problemo with Black woman who wear natural hair.
And while I’ve personally always stood by the “live and let live” mantra of life, when this Gremlin chose to use her national soapbox to condemn Black women who wear their own hair — when she could be using that same soapbox to inspire, and or bring awareness to black issues that REALLY MATTER– it totally rubbed me the wrong way.
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That’s when Sheryl decided to chime in with condemnation of the act…
You can’t weave afro hair…you never see [black women] at the hair place going ‘Look, here, what I need here is, I need those curly, nappy beads…
That just seems nasty.
Aisha Tyler “The Talk’s” other token blacktress stayed mum on the subject and allowed Underwood continue to bury herself.
Other co-hosts, such as actress Sara Gilbert, tried to support Klum’s sentiments, but Underwood continued the banter by suggesting that Gilbert’s White children’s hair was “probably some beautiful, long, silky stuff.”
[Yes chile… “the silky stuff” :shock:]
The Huffinfton Post went in on Mrs ‘Self-hate’, and articulate my sentiments perfectly:
It’s not my place to tell you how to wear your hair, because even that is your way of personal expression and you are entitled to it. However, what I don’t think is fair is demeaning the physical aesthetics of any race, whether you belong to it or not. The fact that you even went as far to call it “nasty” to a diverse group of Middle America who still have yet to understand whether it is even appropriate for black children to wear their hair naturally at school is disappointing.
What you did Ms. Underwood was fall into the trap of political correctness with undertones of colorism. Your indulgence with weave is not a problem with one who chooses to wear those “curly, nappy beads” you speak of but more of how you define beauty. Because apparently black hair in your eyes does not compare to the “beautiful, long, silky stuff” that white women possess. If you do not find that path of reasoning problematic, perhaps a few courses on race and politics will do you some good.
For you see, black beauty can be just as exotic, provocative, wholesome, innocent, and charismatic as any other race and does not have to be set by anyone else’s standards. It is a shame that in 2013 a white supermodel can even embrace the beauty of black hair before you can.
Can the Chucch say ‘Amen’? Cue India.Arie’s ‘I am not my hair’ (just because)…
“You reminded me about the enormous platform that I’m blessed to have and that my words have power, and again, I hear you. I’ve always portrayed myself onstage and on TV and anywhere you see me to be strong enough to take the hit especially when I’m wrong…I was wrong,” she said.
Sheryl says the comment was a huge FAIL as comedy, and she promised to learn from the experience and earn back the trust of her fans.
“I’m grateful for the love that you all have shown me that love enough to pull my coattails and correct me when I’m wrong,” she said.
“I made an inappropriate joke and an unfortunate statement that hurt the community that I love and work tirelessly for. I’ve worked over the years to earn your trust and your respect and I’m going to work any harder to get it back,” Sheryl added.
Yes Sheryl we as a people are VERY sensitive when people who look like us on TV, condemn us for being us. Maybe in time your fans will forgive you, me? I’m saddened by your lack of self-love.
What are your thoughts about Underwood referring to Black hair as ‘nasty’?
Do you accept her apology?