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Sep042013

Sheryl Underwood Apologizes: ‘I’m Going To Talk To God And Change The Way I Articulate Things’ 

Article By Mia E. Ralph:: EEW Magazine News

James 3:6 says, just like a large forest can be set on fire by a little flame, the tongue, a small part of the body, can start big fires. Sheryl Underwood, African American co-host of CBS gab fest “The Talk” is finding this out the hard way.

After suggesting black “curly, nappy, beady” hair was less desirable than white people’s “beautiful, long, silky stuff,” the backlash was swift and brutal. Now she says she’s having a little talk with Jesus about getting her mouth in check.

“I’m going to talk to God and change the way I articulate things and be more cognizant,” she said in an interview with natural hair blog, Curly Nikki. “I am asking you to forgive me for the statement I made, which to me, is a power only God has, really."

Speaking of power, those in the black community, who are decrying her commentary, feel as though her influential platform should not be used to speak against black beauty, often viewed as inferior in mainstream society.

What started the whole thing was Underwood’s questioning of supermodel and television personality Heidi Klum’s desire to save her bi-racial children’s locks.

“Why would you save afro hair?” she asked, laughing, adding that not even black people go to the weave store to request our own tightly coiled texture. “That just seems nasty,” she threw in for laughs.

But many within the black community failed to see the humor in the comedian's words and were hurt, as well as disappointed by her insensitivity.

"There is a consequence to everything that you do and say. I understand why a part of my community was disappointed in the implication that black, natural hair is bad and that white hair is good," she said. "I will be much more careful with everything I say. Please do not attack my colleagues, my family, my friends."

Despite her pleas, some of the online assaults have been relentless, with insults and backlash pouring out onto social networking sites like Twitter, where users are poking fun at Underwood's image, and chiding her for the disrespect.

"That was a bad choice of words," she said. "A bad juxtaposition of words to imply that our hair is not good. I made a mistake. I will own up to that mistake."

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One must really be careful about what is said as it relates to hair especially African American Women and their (our hair). I thought there were enough books and dialouge about our hair to educate and become sensitized about our hair. That happens so often when Afr. Amer. women reach a certain statue and start hang'in around the other woman we tend to loose our identity in order to appease. More Afr. Amer.women in the media are still assemilating to fit the standard that white media has set.I'm a natural hair and proud woman.I wear a wig and shop for a texture close to my natural hair until my own hair returns...and itwill be a happy day when it does....Sticks and stones ....and words do hurt. I even have to keep myself in check when I see little bi-racial children with textured hair there have been times when I'vrie almost said that's a contradiction a little bi-racial child with black hair. ......Truth Speaks.

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTruth Speaks

This makes me very sad to even hear her say something like this. There is no way this was funny in any way, shape or form. I wish Aisha Tyler had stepped in and spoken up. We need not validate stereotypes and degrade ourselves. My heart hurts for all the women who struggle in their esteem and will feel torn down by these statements. Careful careful with your mouth Sheryl. Your words have power.

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnastasia

I am a hairdresser and I tell my clients all the time that There is no good hair or bad hair. There is only the hair God has given you. Love it and wear it however you want to. If you feel like perming it, do it. If you want to go au natural, do it. If you want to slap a wig on it do it. Just do you.

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKita

Going on a natural hair care site to apologize was a good PR move. Do I think it was sincere? No. But smart? Yes.

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterValorie

What a sad day for African Americans. We hate ourselves and can't contain it. Sad shame.

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMay

Depending on who likes what, there are black people who like long silky hair, ask the weave and wig shops. She tells the truth, but there is a place to say things, she don't have to put us out there, white people already know most of us don't have long silky hair, you don't have to tell.

September 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMelissa

Not a big fan of Ms. Underwood’s humor and did not find her comments funny at all. As one who this year at the age of 62 decided to go natural, I am disappointed that she chose to characterize my natural locks as a bad thing and “nasty.” What is bad is that for over 40 years, I didn’t know how beautiful my hair really is and how free I feel. My husband (bless his heart) said “What took you so long? You look beautiful.” If Ms. Underwood prefers long and silky, that’s her choice but I hope she now realizes that my choice and millions of others should not be ridiculed…especially on national TV!!!

September 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterA Pastor's Wife

I like Sheryl Underwood. I went to see her live a few years ago...live show a little raunchy...won't do that again! Listen to her on the Steve Harvey Morning Show...like her on that show! However, I do believe that she meant what she said. I don't see her as a Conformist that would say something like that because her co-hosts "may be" thinking it or just to get laughs! Prayerfully, it won't be too damaging to her career. Unfortunately, there are many more celebrities that will do, or say something ridiculous...and we will forget all about what Sheryl said! This too, shall pass!

September 5, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterTomeka

You know the truth hurts, don't it. Ms. Underwood said what the majority of us thinks. It just not wise to say everything we "think". Just like the N word, we use it all the time among ourselves, but when another race says it we up in arms! (And I for one have had my fill of that), it's time to move on. Hair salons and beauty supplies places or not running nappy hair, alright! So if it so offensive, why are we buying the silky, long locks in droves! This is not Burger King, make up yo' mind....stop trippin'

September 6, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEva

This woman's mouth is foul or was in the past and she has said some crazy things no one said nothing and now everyone is upset because she said something about black hair?!!!

September 6, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterhaveto saysomething

@havetosaysomething, That what I say....my sediments exactly!! Stop trippin' on somethin' that don't matter!

September 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEva

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