QVC Host Apologizes For Comments About Model’s Natural Hair

January 29, 2015  |  

Over the past week, a clip of two white QVC hosts apparently poking fun at a Black model’s hair has been making its rounds on social media. In the clip, the model is sporting a Dooney & Bourke monogram purse as the hosts discuss how timeless the bag is. At one point, the camera pans back to the model and one of the hosts can be heard saying, “You may look back and think, ‘Why did I wear my hair like that?’ But you’ll like your bag still.”

“That’s right, you won’t look at your hair in the picture, you’ll look at your handbag.”

After being directly confronted by Bougie Black Girl writer L.A. Moore, host Sandra Bennett quickly apologized and attempted to clarify the comments made by her and her co-host.

The tweets were later removed, but Bennett released a statement via Facebook apologizing to anyone she may have offended. Her statement reads:

“Hi everyone. I want to apologize to anyone I offended during a recent Dooney & Bourke show. I made a comment along of the lines of when you carry a Dooney, you look good even if you don’t do your hair. It was meant to be lighthearted, but in the middle of my comment, the camera cut to Michelle, an African American model. I want to be clear that I was in no way talking about her. It was just terrible timing. In fact, despite how it may have appeared, I didn’t even realize this had happened until today when I saw some comments on Facebook and received a phone call. I have since called Michelle to apologize and thankfully, she didn’t remember the comment or even know any of this had happened. I’m confident that anyone who knows me personally understands I would never even think to make such a connection. Still, in our business perception is reality and I’m mortified that I gave that impression. So again, I’m very sorry to our viewers who felt hurt or angered by my comments.”

What are your thoughts about Sandra’s statement? Do you think she’s being sincere?

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