My Bad Y’all! Sheryl Underwood Apologizes For Natural Hair Comments
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?