Twitter blesses my soul everyday! EVERYDAY ya hear!! Anyhow, a few couple of days ago on The Talk comedian Sheryl Underwood gave her thoughts/opinions on the topic of Heidi Klum saving her son’s hair clippings. To that, Sheryl stated why would one want Afro hair and she deemed it “nasty”. In the same breath, she mentioned to her co-host, that also saves her children’s hair that it was probably silky and wavy. Did I do a good job in summing it up? Here is where I have the problem Twitter, while it blesses, it also curses.
Why you might ask? Because over the past two days I have seen nothing but hated turned towards Sheryl and it’s mainly coming from people of color and ladies with natural hair. I feel as though the natural hair gals are being to sensitive about the matter. My takeaway was that Sheryl deemed SAVING the hair was nasty. I didn’t have an issue as to what she said. I agree with her on the point that NO ONE is walking into the corner beauty supply store and asking for “Afro” hair. While her remarks about her white co-host’s children’s hair was a bit off putting, nonetheless, her statements were hateful and most certainly not letting down an ENTIRE race/group of people.
So, the ladies with 24′ of Brazilian Wavy hair, you don’t have the right to complain. As to my natural sistas, being natural isn’t for everybody and Sheryl stating HER opinion shouldn’t get your big girl panties in a bunch. The sheer hatred that I seen tossed towards this woman is deplorable. It’s funny how we now call “nappy” hair “kinky” but that’s a different story for a different day. You can form an opinion on you own by watching the clip. As far as I’m concerned, her comments weren’t offense and it most certainly hasn’t warranted the backlash she’s received.
CN: At the time, did you consider how the words you said were likely to be received? Where did they come from? Why did you think it was funny?
Sheryl: Everyday after the show, I look at the footage as a way to continue to strive to be better… to express myself better. I play everything back so I can watch, learn and improve. When that segment played back, I knew that it would be misunderstood.
CN: Misunderstood how?
Sheryl: The discussion was about cutting and saving hair. I didn’t speak about Heidi Klum or her children’s hair. I stated that the act of saving hair was ‘nasty’. Cutting and saving what I consider as dead… it’s like saving fingernails. People are accusing me of calling natural hair ‘nasty’. I did not say that.
CN: I got that. I’m more curious about the juxtaposition you made between saving ‘curly, nappy, beady’ hair versus ‘some beautiful long silky stuff’.
Sheryl: 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. 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.
CN: So, we all have self-image issues. I do. Many of my readers do. We’re all self- conscious and we’re at different stages on our journeys to self acceptance. I hated my hair and it took me years to get over that disdain and it’s not a unique story. I’m wondering more about the psychology behind the statement in the first place.
Sheryl: I’m not what you think I am. I don’t have self-hate. I am not ashamed of my Blackness or who I am. In highschool I had a giant afro. In college I was militant. I loved my afro puff. My dad instilled Black pride in me. I have no hair shame whatsoever.
CN: I don’t want you to think I’m judging you or assuming that you hate yourself. We all have self-esteem issues, though. I was only inviting you to explore the deeper meaning behind the words.
Sheryl: I grew up with a father who instilled Black pride in me. I’ve always loved Black hair and rocked natural hair most of my life and didn’t care what anyone thought about it. But then I went through ‘the change’ and my hair began to thin out and the texture changed. My hair wasn’t with me anymore, not because it was natural, but because my hormones changed. It became very difficult to manage and I couldn’t do what I used to be able to do with it. I’m like every other woman… I like versatility! So I went to Bosley’s Hair club for Men and got some hair transplatnted, but it still wasn’t working and my scalp was sore. So when you see me in a wig it’s more of a fashion choice. It’s not that I don’t like myself or don’t like my hair. It’s more that my hair turned on me with my changing hormones. I have worn curly hair, natural hair on the show, I [even] wore braids on Comic View. The only reason it’s not natural now is because of where I am in my life. Via CurlyNikki.com
Did Sheryl go too far with her comments?