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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