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Even though she has apologized to the black community, and the natural hair community in particular, some folks are still pretty miffed with co-host of The View knockoff The Talk and one of the “Queens of Comedy,” Sheryl Underwood.
And why wouldn’t they be? What she said about afro hair was really, putting it nicely, unaware. So it is certainly understandable that folks might want to express just how disappointed they are. However, some of the reactions I’ve been seeing and hearing from folks, particularly via social networks, has been sort of, and putting it nicely again, also unaware. Like on Twitter, where the response to Underwood’s comments have been largely peppered with all types of reaction synonymous with “ugly.”
Here is a short list of some of the most “interesting” comments:
Sheryl Underwood is ugly anyway… #c*on
I don’t think Sheryl Underwood is ugly. She just bears an uncanny resemblance to Wesley Snipes, that’s all. And he was fine back in the day.
@sherylunderwood @LILKIM <== This is a BEAUTIFUL BLACK WOMAN & you are an UGLY BLACK GORILLA!!! With a donkey face!!
Sheryl Underwood doesn’t know any better. Anyone with gums that black is not responsible for what comes out of their mouth. It’s a defect.
@sherylunderwood like a silver back male gorilla wearing a wig.
@sherylunderwood you a dumb black ugly b**ch. You not smart & you not pretty #Killyoself Monkey
you ugly a** flying monkey from Agraba! you were NEVER attractive from jump, that’s why you hate ”natural” Black Beauty. @sherylunderwood
It seems like Underwood is not the only one here with some internalized hate. I wish I could say that these have been isolated comments, but these reactions have pretty much been noticeably consistent since the start of the controversy. And it’s not just Twitter. I have been reading some severe dirt-dragging based solely on Underwood’s looks throughout the blogosphere. It’s quite interesting that those, who in their defense of natural hair, are using such racially charged and inflammatory language as “monkey,” and “gorilla” or making fun of her black gums (which likely is caused from having excess melanin in the skin) and comparing her features to that of a man. Being a comedian, which is basically like a sad clown, Underwood has joked off much of the backlash, stating: “@MzPearlyP1nk: I’m glad ppl notice how ugly Sheryl underwood is!! I been sayin that for yrssss Lolz”
But I don’t find it funny, nor productive in the least.
Somehow folks got the impression that Underwood’s ignorance justifies their own. In some respects I get it; you want to hurt someone as badly as they have cut you. However, the real deal is that acceptance does not happen overnight. If you spent a lifetime perming, stretching and otherwise denying your hair the ability to grow and shine in its natural state, you will have a hard time believing that there is anything “good” about your hair. That acceptance only comes with patience and education. Like literally, reading up on your hair, understanding its patterns and foreign (to you) ways and basically learning how to do your hair all over again. But more importantly, it takes lots of unpacking of internal negative feelings as well as erasing and flat out ignoring the messages we receive daily in public. You have to recondition yourself to not just think but believe that you are just as beautiful with that thick, nappy mane as you were when you were perming, weaving, and otherwise hiding the natural texture of your hair. You have to accept the fact that your curls are not necessarily going to be “defined” like Cree Summer on a Different World; that “shrinkage” is not something you have to get around or stop; that there is no such thing as being too nappy to go natural; that good hair doesn’t necessarily mean long or straight hair, but rather just clean and healthy, and more. Yes folks, unless you have been rocking the unaltered textured look for all your life, there is a very real and serious process many of us have to go through to come to the point of really loving our hair.
In fact, it is the judgments of others and the fear of losing the attention of the male gaze, which leads to lots of resentment and overall insecurity. Like your mom, grandma, your friends, and maybe even your pastor, who because the hate of our natural texture is generational, will wonder out loud why you are walking around looking unkempt. Or your employer and children’s school, who tell you that your hair is unacceptable because it’s not “presentable” or unprofessional. Or the boyfriend, husband, or significant other, who keeps hinting (if not blatantly) about how much better you looked with the lace front (oh yes, it does happen. And that is another post for another day). Or even that stranger, who just decided to accost you with his or her unsolicited opinion on your nappy hair (yup, that happened too). None of those situations were helpful in getting one’s self to the point of self-acceptance, and I doubt highly that placing Underwood’s looks under that same scrutiny will do the same.
If Underwood’s experience was like the experience of a few dark skinned girlfriends of mine as well as other women I have encountered throughout life, I can tell you that she is well aware of all the negative connotations around not just her hair but her entire African aesthetic. And if this is the case, I’m almost certain that her general feelings about natural black hair is based more out of a defense mechanism, spurred out of years of ridicule and abuse about the appearance of her own. Therefore, it is certainly counterproductive to think that calling her names such as “gorilla” or telling her that she looks like Wesley Snipes will make her any more accepting of her “natural” appearance.
What’s missing most in all this backlash to Underwood’s statement is a sense of empathy. There was a number of ways to correct this black woman’s impressions of natural African hair, including offering book suggestions; sharing positive affirmations; and giving words of understanding and camaraderie. Or, simply by showing her that you’ve been there and this his how you got through it. Heck, even getting mad and explaining why you were hurt would have been more helpful than the mockery and teasing. And it would be more believable as well. After all, if your first inclination upon hearing that Underwood, a dark-skinned woman, made some unflattering comments about the black image, is to attack her based upon her dark-skinned looks, well, you have to wonder how dedicated you are to the “self-love” cause to begin with.
Comedienne Sheryl Underwood’s Twitter mentions lit up like a New York sky on the 4th of July after word got out that she made some not-so-nice comments about black hair on her CBS daytime show, The Talk. In case you missed it, the ladies were discussing Heidi Klum’s revelation that she saves her children’s chopped off tresses after haircuts, when Sheryl responded:
“Why would you save afro hair? You can’t weave in afro hair! No one walks into the hair place and says ‘Look here, what I need is curly, nappy, beady hair. That just seems n*sty.’”
The insensitive comments attracted a significant amount of backlash, which resulted in an all-out Twitter tirade against the 49-year-old actress and media personality, consisting of personal attacks, racial slurs and comments about her weight. Sheryl eventually apologized for the remarks, expressing regret over her ‘bad choice of words.’
“That was a bad choice of words. A bad juxtaposition of words to imply that our hair is not good. I made a mistake. I will own up to that mistake. I’m going to talk to God and change the way I articulate things and be more cognizant,” she told natural hair blogger Curly Nikki.
“I’m not perfect and I bet if you put a camera on someone all day, they’d eventually say something they’d regret too. I am asking you to forgive me for the statement I made, which to me, is a power only God has, really,” she continued.
Sheryl also issued a more heartfelt apology via the Steve Harvey Morning Show.
“I want to apologize for my recent attempt at humor that missed the target and hit my people squarely in the heart. To all of you, I say, I’m very sorry for my failed attempt at humor surrounding something that’s very sensitive to us: our hair. I could use this time to try to explain the intent of what I said, but misunderstanding aside, the way the joke came out offended my people and my community, which was not my intent.”
“I’m grateful for all of the love that you all have shown me—love enough to pull my coattails and to correct me when I’m wrong. My choice of words were wrong and inappropriate and I hope in time, you can forgive me. I thank all of the sisters and brothers in entertainment who came up to me and said, ‘Hey, you made a mistake. We make mistakes all the time.’ I’ve used this as a learning experience to reflect on the power of words and how I personally use them. I hear you. You’ve reminded me of the enormous platform that I’m blessed to have and that my words have power [...] All jokes aside, I was wrong. I made a mistake. I juxtaposed images that are continuously hurtful to our people. And for that I’m truly sorry. For those who say it’s not enough, I can only ask that you allow time to heal this wound.”
“Some of you have said things that are hurtful. We are not a people of slurs, but we are a people of forgiveness. I made an inappropriate joke and an unfortunate statement and 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 even harder to get it back. Please accept my apology and I ask you for forgiveness and hopefully today, this is where it starts.”
Listen to Sheryl’s apology on the next page. What are your thoughts regarding her statement? Can we forgive and forget?
This past Friday, comedian Sheryl Underwood made an interesting comment regarding black hair on her CBS gab fest, The Talk. Underwood’s statement was in response to model Heidi Klum claiming that she saves the hair of her biracial children with singer Seal after they have haircuts (yes, some people do this). After hearing such information, Underwood said:
“Why would you save afro hair? You can’t weave in afro hair! No one walks into the hair place and says ‘Look here, what I need is curly, nappy, beady hair. That just seems n*sty’ “
Afterward, Underwood’s co-host Sara Gilbert stated that she too, saves locks of her children’s hair. Underwood responded:
“Which is probably that beautiful, long, silky stuff. That’s not what an afro is!”
Sheryl Underwood fuels the continuum of the already tired natural vs. perm debate among black women; although her comments were met with laughter from her majority white co-hosts, co-host Aisha Tyler’s laughter appeared to be tense and filled with embarrassment. Black women are known for stating what they can and can not do because of their hair and due to the media coverage their hair receives, comments like Underwood’s again give the impression that black women can’t celebrate hair of all types, including that of their natural state.
As a black woman I have seen job interviews make myself and my friends nervous because we want to appear as the “safe” black girl who is not too creative with her hair colors or styles. We try to achieve the perfect curl pattern or sleek hair wraps nightly for a smooth bouncy look only to appeal to the status quo of what is acceptable black beauty–or mainstream beauty in general. What should be acceptable in our eyes is our passion to continue with the edge we were born with. The edge to differentiate our looks and not be bind to the same hairstyles. Our hair, no matter the texture, is our crown and as we have grown older we have taken off our crowns and given it away to others to control or speak for. Until we dismantle the lies we believe about our hair, we will never move forward from having others redefine our identity through skin and hair.
Below is the clip of Sheryl Underwood’s comments. What do you think of what she had to say?
In Hollywood, you’re only afforded a handful of public spaz-outs before you’re given the severe side-eye and labeled as a looney tune. Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actress Janet Hubert, who is still affectionately known as the original Aunt Viv, seems to have used up all of her courtesy melt downs, leaving many of us looking at her with raised eyebrows and asking, “What’s really going on?” Within the past three years, the 57-year-old Chicago native has flipped out on former co-star Will Smith and talk show host Wendy Williams, both on multiple occasions. Now she appears to have beef with The Talk host Aisha Tyler.
During the show, Tyler commented on the vintage Fresh Prince of Bel-Air beef between Hubert and Will Smith, which set Hubert completely off (again). Making it clear that she was not pleased with Tyler’s comments, the 90s actress posted an angry message on the talk show host’s Facebook page.
“Yo, weave woman, your comments were not appreciated. You are not funny in the least. You know some people, and so do I. Remember that. You can be replaced quicker than I was,” Hubert wrote.
“You should remember how you got your job and why you are in that chair in the first place. If you want to dish it out, you better be able to take it as well,” she added.
Tyler, not being one to back down, responded to Hubert’s comments on-air.
“First of all, I think she has fabulous taste in daytime television talk shows - excellent taste. She’s obviously still very angry about something that happened more than 20 years ago, and that’s the part that I find saddest about all of this. Bad things happen to people all of the time. Unfair things happen to people all of the time. I wasn’t there. I don’t know [what happened]. As an adult, you move on in your life because it’s a trap to be stuck in this place of — from what I can tell — bitterness and it’s just sad,” Tyler expressed.
“I really wish her the best. I said it yesterday and I’ll say it again: She’s gorgeous, she’s talented and she should move on with her life, do great things and stop focusing on stuff that happened a million years ago,” Tyler continued.
Turn the page to see Aisha’s co-hosts Sheryl Underwood and Sharon Osbourne jump in on the action. What do you think of Janet’s latest tongue-lashing?
Funny lady Sheryl Underwood has always been an “aunt in my head.” She always seems so cool, down to earth and downright real, which is why it didn’t come as a surprise when we learned that homegirl yanked her wig off on national television just to get a little chuckle.
I know you’re probably wondering, “What on earth possessed her to do that?” So, allow me to fill you in on how it all went down. On last Friday’s episode of daytime television show, The Talk Sheryl and her cohorts Aisha Tyler, Sarah Gilbert and Julie Chen were interviewing actress Kristin Chenoweth, along with their guest co-host, Donny Osmond. During the interview the ladies got to chatting it up about hair extensions and making fun their “enhanced,” luxurious locs. In the heat of the moment, Julie took off one of her hair pieces and began waving it around. As everyone broke out in a fit of laughter, Kristin and Aisha did the same, joining in on the fun. Julie then looked at Sheryl, egging her on and chanting, “Do it! Do It.” Sheryl eventually pulled back her wig, exposing her greying hair.
In other The Talk news, according to Always A List, back in January when it was announced that the daytime talk show would be renewed for a third season, it was also revealed that the CBS show had been doing really well as far as ratings are concerned. With an average of 2.35 million viewers, which is an 11% increase from the previous year.
Keep up the good work, ladies!
Do you think Sheryl should’ve passed on the wig-flipping session?
As the next Presidential election draws nigh in November, the two most popular candidates, Democratic President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney have been paving the campaign trail. With election year comes slander, controversy and your occasional celebrity political rants. Politics met entertainment with the latest celebrity rant, coming from Nicki Minaj, in which she rapped in vote of Republican Mitt Romney. This was a shock to fans and celebrity bloggers everywhere, but Nicki is not the only popular African-American face that has shown favor to the GOP. Here is a list of some African-American celebrities who have supported or are affiliated with the Republican party:
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LL Cool J attended the Republican Convention in 2004 and has been a supporter of Republican New York governor George Pataki back in 2002. He has never officially stated his political party.
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If you were like me, you probably loved the original cast of CBS’ “The Talk.” (Minus Marissa Jaret Winokur, who left the show last January.) “The Talk,” which was clearly CBS’ answer to ABC’s “The View”was strong in the fact that its co-hostesses all came from diverse backgrounds. There was a lesbian (Sara Gilbert), a Brit (Sharon Osbourne), a black woman (Holly Robinson Peete), an Asian woman (Julie Chen) and the feisty Jewish and Italian woman, Leah Remini. In an industry dominated by white men, it was more than refreshing to see such a diverse cast on daytime television. In all seriousness, it was beautiful. And often more light-hearted and less controversial than “The View.” Sometimes all that screaming over one another really is too much.
But all good things must come to an end right? In a shocking and unexplained move, the network axed Peete and Remini and replaced them with Sheryl Underwood and Aisha Tyler. Interesting, right? While I don’t mean to throw any shade whatsoever to Underwood and Tyler, I miss the old lineup! I loved Leah’s authentic frankness and Holly’s delightful overshares. The dynamic of all the women and how they communicated with one another really made for good television. But what was so unsettling about Peete and Remini’s exit was the fact that no one said a thing about it.
Leah Remini took to the 24 hour celebrity press conference, a.k.a. Twitter, to finally address why she and Peete had to go. (Finally, some closure.)
This is what she had to say: (Buckle your seat belts.)
“Sharon thought me and Holly were ‘Ghetto’, (her words) we were not funny, awkward and didn’t know ourselves… She had us fired.”
Before we get into this, let’s pause for the cause, if I hear yet another ignorant person, Caucasian or otherwise, incorrectly use the word “ghetto,” I’m going to start a riot…in the confines of my own apartment…without breaking any valuables, of course.
Leah went on to tweet that Sharon revealed all of this on Howard Stern when she, Chen and Gilbert appeared on his show back in December. Looking at the some excerpts of the interview, Sharon did say that the two didn’t “know themselves.” But the ghetto thing, I didn’t see. But who knows. In Ms. Osbourne’s defense though, if she thought Holly and Leah were ghetto, I’m sure Sheryl, though she is not ghetto, would probably be waaay too much for her to handle. And I’m not the only one who believes this, one of Remini’s followers tweeted:
@LeahRemini if so then it looks like Sheryl is the next to go cause Sharon looks like “shut up Beyotch” when Sheryl is talking
(On the real, sometime Sheryl says some very cringe worthy things.)
And Leah replied,
“That’s who she is. she did that to me everyday. I feel for them.She has the power that was given to her. And yes, you are also right”
Looking at these allegations, what do you think? Do you think Osbourne really had the two of them fired? Do you prefer the new line- up on “The Talk”? Hell, do you even watch “The Talk”? Maybe I’m the only one who is still tripping about this absolute scandal…
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Sheryl Underwood is really making moves for herself these days. In addition to her gig on CBS’ “The Talk,” Underwood will also appear on The Young and the Restless. Underwood has long been a fan of the soaps so this was a dream come true for her.
Underwood recently chatted with TV Guide Magazine about her experience. See what she had to say about her soap opera stint:
TV Guide Magazine: How far back do you go with Y&R?
Underwood: Waaay back, baby. Back to when David Hasselhoff was Snapper and Mrs. Chancellor was the baddest Itchbay on TV. She was doing fight scenes long before Alexis and Crystal on Dynasty. Oooh! Remember when John fell in love with Mamie, his black housekeeper, but it was too scandalous so she was given a million dollars and sent away on an ocean cruise? Remember when Drucilla was doped up on cough medicine and Malcolm had sex with her? Love! This! Show! I love The Bold and the Beautiful. I love John McCook. I love Susan Flannery. I love everybody on every soap. I love SoapNet. I’m a fanatic!
TV Guide Magazine: So how’d you do in your big suds debut?
Underwood: I was so nervous, I couldn’t eat and I couldn’t sleep. It takes a lot of mental dexterity to do a soap, but it was just phenomenal. A few days before I did my scenes I was performing in Washington, D.C., at the D.C. Improv and Debbi Morgan [Y&R's Harmony] came to see my show. I told her to tell the people at Y&R that I was not coming in intending to be funny and that I would not be needing a billion takes. I was concerned that maybe they wouldn’t think I was taking this seriously because I’m a standup comic. I was dead serious and needed them to know that. I want to do that show again! Who else needs marrying in Genoa City?
You read the rest of Underwood’s interview with TV Guide at Eurweb.com.
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