When it comes to Black women and talking about hair, there are certain ways of speaking on it that in 2019, should have been done away with by now. Talking about “good hair” is a no-no, and if you didn’t know, referring to hair as nappy, especially calling someone else’s hair that, is a serious no-no. Such sentiments are looked at as anti-Black, and yes, Black people can say anti-Black things.
Real Housewives of Atlanta star Eva Marcille slipped up and landed with her foot in her mouth after calling her co-stars “nappy heads” during Sunday night’s episode.
If you’ll recall, in the premiere episode, Eva was asked by Porsha Williams about why she didn’t bring her kids to Kenya Moore’s presentation party for baby Brooklyn. She said that she didn’t know Kenya like that and, in agreement with Cynthia Bailey, said she wanted to make sure the energy was right before bringing her kids around because when it comes to group events with the ladies, you never know what you’re going to get. Porsha wasn’t buying that response and went and told Kenya what Eva said, and of course, we know that Kenya felt insulted.
When Eva found out through Cynthia during episode two that she was the topic of conversation after leaving Kenya’s party because of her decision to keep her kids away from the event, she made her feelings very known. She talked about snatching edges the ladies don’t have and literally called Kenya and Porsha “nappy heads.”
“I am not here for the sh-t with these little nappy heads this year, I’m telling you,” she said while on the phone with Cynthia. “I will get all the South Central out on that a–.”
Now, Eva was heavily pregnant at this time, and perhaps her emotions got the best of her, but considering she was accused of making comments that some interpreted as anti-Black last season, you would think the model and mom would want to be a bit more careful. People took issue with her saying RHOA friend Shamea Morton is “is Black, but not with a ‘q” while comparing her to Blaque singer and former Season 11 co-star Shamari DeVoe.
Eva would go on to vehemently deny that she was referring to Shamea’s skin tone, as she is of a darker complexion and Shamari’s is quite light.
“Saying she’s not black with the [sic] a Q clearly means she’s not in a singing group,” she said on Instagram last year. “Never in 1 million years was I talking about skin color and how Kandi got that from what I said I’m still confused.”
Still, Eva has to be cautious out here because people are watching her, and listening to her closely after last season’s folly. With that being said, many were understandably not pleased with her “nappy heads” comment. It was definitely in poor taste and an odd first choice of insult to use. It also didn’t help that later on in the episode, she brought up Kenya’s “real eye color” and said that Porsha needed to be worried about her C-section scar healing instead of being in the business of other people. It was just one less than tasteful jab after another. Porsha certainly heard them all:
Eva hasn’t explained what she was trying to say by calling the ladies “nappy heads” just yet, but the collective that is Black Twitter is definitely waiting for a response, because that’s not a comment that can be misunderstood…
Hit the flip for reactions to her insult via the Twitterverse: