sheryl-underwood

Sheryl Underwood offended many with her comments criticizing natural hair on “The Talk” recently, and the comedian sat down for an interview with Curly Nikki to clear up her statement. She apologized for the remark, saying “I made a mistake and I’m sorry.” She also claimed that she was misunderstood and she loves being black.

On being misunderstood:

“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.”

On reports that she said natural hair was “nasty”:

“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.”

On wanting forgiveness for her statement:

“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.”

On whether she’s ashamed of her blackness:

“I am not ashamed of my Blackness or who I am. In high school 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.

On being “attacked” for her statements:

“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. I will be much more careful with everything I say. Please do not attack my colleagues, my family, my friends. I’m with ya’ll. I’m fighting for you everyday and despite making myself available on the radio show and on Twitter, I don’t feel like you’re letting me engage in a respectful conversation.”

What do you think of Sheryl Underwood’s apology? Read the full article here.

  • http://holdmygold.tumblr.com Cat

    Whatever, Sheryl. When your white co-host went on to say she saved her children’s hair, your choice of adjectives were completely different.

    And Clutch, ya’ll shading for the image on this article LOL.

  • Afrostyling

    She can keep it.

  • http://gravatar.com/kmnelson1976 KMN

    Whatevs…she’s full of it as a Christmas turducken.

    Over at a natural website they are starting a nappy hair mail in and want all naturals to send in locs of their hair.

    The information and mail date is as follows (not sure about linking other sites on this site in comments):

    “…members who would actually be willing to part with a lock of hair just to mess with Sheryl. If any of you would like to join our off the beaten path form of protest against Sheryl’s general coonery and ignorance of afro hair, please feel free to join us! We’re DEAD serious too! You can mail in your lock of afro textured hair to the following address:

    CBS studios c/o The Talk:
    4024 Radford Avenue
    Studio City, CA 91604

    Let us know if you decide to join us!…”

    Mail Date: Friday September 13th

    I’m sending in mine…

    KMN

  • Shirl

    She said what she meant and meant what she said…there is no misunderstanding -_-

  • Margaret

    I’m not sure if it was even as deep as self-hate or hair shame. she thought she was saying something funny – she is a comedienne. But it’s not funny, Sheryl. she can try to explain it any way she wants. She didn’t say saving hair is nasty. If she had said that, nobody would be talking about it.

  • ShannonDoah

    SMH< damn, she apologized and asked for forgiveness. Let it the hell go! Thats what wrong with our community, always want to slam our own! Its being esclated, and whats really wack is the sending of the nappy hair, really?? Way too far! C'mon sisters! I am all natural, but I am also a human, just like Sheryl, yall are too!

  • wfm

    Honey, you obviously are not from the South or Caribbean, lol. Dont be sending no one your hair. The joke will be on you.

    Clutch you are wrong for that pic.

  • http://gravatar.com/kmnelson1976 KMN

    LMAO wfm…and I was born in the south but was transplanted to the north VERY early in life lol…i think i might need to rethink my hair situation (not that superstious about certain things but that is one of them). but I think it is a movement in solidarity by the women of that group and others that decide to send their hair in. Also she has a history of NOT loving herself or others that do love their blackness (by that I mean, in this instance, hair, color, lips, nose, physical attributes that are African). She’s a mess…but thank you for the hair reminder…I need to get back to Arkansas for a reup lol

    KMN

  • Stop Lying 2Yaself

    If you wear a wig or weave, you agree with what she said. End of story.

    What Sheryl said is the truth. No black woman wants an afro wig or weave. Before all of these weaves and wigs a black woman could say that the straight hair on her head “WAS HERS”. It was just processed (permed). Not so much anymore. The real problem is Black women can’t associate straight hair with their own hair anymore because many are too lazy to perm and take care of it the way they use to.

    Newsflash, very few women of any race get up out of bed and leave the house with just combing their hair. After showering, they are putting some type of chemical in it and then blow drying to get the straight look or stye they want.

  • Travis

    No ShannonDoah, some transgressions are not forgivable. When you attack black children for the amusement of white people, your “community card” should be permanently pulled if not worse. Not sure if you have children but I guarantee if someone call, implied, or insinuated that your child was ugly because they had kinky hair or any other characteristic perceived to be African, you would likely “be out” with that person for life… for life. I have a daughter who’s an adult now but when she was a child, if anyone ever said some thoughtless, self-loathing, insensitive $h!t like what Underwood said in my daughter’s presence, there would have been a problem for them… a big one. You go into any other community (e.g. Jewish, Arabic, etc.) and have a disparaging remark to say about their women or children and see if they would be as understanding and forgiving. If Underwood had of made a disparaging remark about Jewish hair, contrary to what she actually did say, her a$$ wouldn’t be seen on TV again, ever. Her television career would be shut down. I am sure they wouldn’t be talking that “…let’s forgive her…” nonsense you’re on.

    If we don’t stand up for the psychological and emotional well-being of our children then… I am sorry for you but your attitude is very very unfortunate.

  • Stop Lying 2Yaself

    She apologized. Leave this woman alone. You are a Natural Nazi and bully. Please get a life.

    Her job is to be funny, provocative without crossing the line. That’s not easy in today’s PC world.

  • Travis

    No apology accepted. Everything she said and implied I understood quite clearly as she intended… “straight out of the horses mouth”, pun intended. LMAO!!!!

  • MommieDearest

    *waves at KMN*

    ;-)

  • cjl

    Sure… Just like I believed Paula Deen’s apology!! #

  • http://gravatar.com/designdiva40 paintgurl40

    she looks like she is straight coonin’ in this photo! i posted a message on her fb page a few days ago about this. i’m even more pissed because she went to a black college, alumni of a black soror, been in movies and radio with black audiences. then soon as she gets on a WHITE MAINSTREAM talk show and then throws us under a bus. i’m getting sick of some of these black celebrities.

  • diasporauk

    Rotflmao!

    And Clutch, ya’ll shading for the image on this article LOL.

    That’s best use of throwing shade I’ve ever seen -

    on both counts.

    But I feel guilty because I’ve joined in with people committing the exact same faux pas, they’re shading Underwood for.

    LOL!

  • http://gravatar.com/missinformation7 Ms. Information

    That picture – _ -

  • Moiiiii

    So now she’s sorry…
    She’s just sorry people called her out on her nonsense. *Cough* Self hate.

  • http://gravatar.com/kmnelson1976 KMN

    Hey MD…you see I put stuff all the way over here lol…

    KMN

  • http://gravatar.com/kmnelson1976 KMN

    @Stop Lying to Yourself…

    I’m not a natural Nazi…i have no problem with folks having WHATEVER hair they want: straight, nappy (yes I use the term and I love it) pink, polkadotted…whatever. I never said ANYTHING about how she wears HER hair…but she should be respectful to others…i could go around talking about how folks with straight hair is this or that but I choose not to…thats your head…but don’t forget where THAT hair (however you choose to wear it) comes from…

    But…like someone else said if she hadn’t praise Sara for saving her child’s silky straight hair…it wouldn’t be an issue. And I would accept her apology as being a joke or whatever if she hadn’t tried to backtrack and said that she didnt say something when it was in fact said AND recorded…(when said said that she said saving all hair was nasty when she in fact said saving just nappy hair is…not silky straight Sara’s child’s hair).

    But if you feel as if i’m a nappy nazi…that’s fine. But i’m not…:)

    Have a good day sir/ma’am

    KMN

  • joe

    She is being dishonest. She didn’t say saving hair is nasty. She said saving “nappy” hair is nasty. Way too many black comedians are making their money by putting down their own people. It’s been going on a long time. Her job is to be the resident coon and Aisha Tyler’s silence speaks volumes. Underwood should not be forgiven because she was exposed as a self-hating coon who will do anything to get a laugh from white folks. At our expense.

  • Anthony

    She apologized. Whether she meant it or not, she acknowledged she said some wrong things, and I accept her apology knowing she will simply keep on being who she is and there is no point in anyone getting to worked up about that fact.

  • http://Sixfoota.tumblr.com sixfoota

    I said, “got d*mn!!” when I saw the article pic. Well played, Clutch.

  • wfm

    Sheryl is just a reflection of Black women, period! So, lets just stop it. Sheryl is your momma, grand mama and auntie. I have been natural for over 13 years. However, I do remember perming my hair twice in a 24 hour period regardless of the consequences. Because my hair needed to be straight, laid! Anyone with a perm in their head or always hiding behind fake hair cant say nothing about Sheryl. All you chicks out their contouring your noses, I see you boo! Sheryl is you! She just has a public platform and forgot where she was at. She didnt know that it is a small amount of naturals with internet power to put her on blast. But lets not forgot that it is a small amount of naturals. The majority, just like Sheryl, living the LYE. So, dont make it seem like she said something your mama wont.

    Sheryl was a coon before this incident. All that damn hooting and hollerin, chile please.

  • Travis

    No Stop Lying 2Yaself, some transgressions are not forgivable. When you attack black children for the amusement of white people, your “community card” should be permanently pulled if not worse. Not sure if you have children but I guarantee if someone call, implied, or insinuated that your child was ugly because they had kinky hair or any other characteristic perceived to be African, you would likely “be out” with that person for life… for life. I have a daughter who’s an adult now but when she was a child, if anyone ever said some thoughtless, self-loathing, insensitive $h!t like what Underwood said in my daughter’s presence, there would have been a problem for them… a big one. You go into any other community (e.g. Jewish, Arabic, etc.) and have a disparaging remark to say about their women or children and see if they would be as understanding and forgiving. If Underwood had of made a disparaging remark about Jewish hair, contrary to what she actually did say, her a$$ wouldn’t be seen on TV again, ever. Her television career would be shut down. I am sure they wouldn’t be talking that “…let’s forgive her…” nonsense you’re on.

    If we don’t stand up for the psychological and emotional well-being of our children then… I am sorry for you but your attitude is very very unfortunate.

  • vintage3000

    ITA with you all about this photo. If you Google “cooning” it says “did you mean…Sheryl Underwood?”

  • What’s Really Going On

    Is is me or does it seem like every week there is a new person black women want to tar and feather?

  • http://gravatar.com/noirluv45 noirluv45

    In order to justify one’s argument, many use the tired phrase, “She said what other Black women are thinking.” What? So we now know what’s in the minds of other Black women, even if they were weaves/wigs?

    I’m natural, and yes, I wear my hair short and nappy, and I’m proud to do so. Back in the day, a natural Afro was our pride and joy, and now, I’m proud to rock a short one. So please don’t ASSume you know what other Black women are thinking.

    Another problem many have with Sheryl is that we don’t often take to kindly to Black people making disparaging remarks about other Blacks ESPECIALLY before a White audience. It’s bad enough when many of us do it in the presence of other Blacks, but in front of Whites, it’s deplorable. If we can’t love ourselves, then who else will?

  • leelah

    two perms in 24 hours? That fact alone explains this angry comments. You fried some of your brain cells

  • http://soselfish jado graham

    Ms. Underwood shows her that she knows nothing about her culture. She should read the book by C. Herron called Nappy Hair and she will learn how Black Hair is the , Best Hair, because Black Hair can become anything . Didn’t she ever wonder why white people want to get sun tanned so badly. It Is because of the strength of the color Black. Because that color comes from the Sun and the Sun gives us power..She and her fellow co-Black Host should show and learn about Black Pride and give the race the respect it deserve instead of making herself look and sound ignorant.

  • Joan

    All I have to say to Sheryl Underwood is the following:

    “B@tch, please.”

  • wfm

    Sheryl, is that you?

  • shay

    I usually stick up for sheryl when she says something inappropriate cuz she’s a comedian but she sounded like a straight up minstrel. She did not say she was against saving hair. She specifically said “why would u save AFRO hair”. She needed to apologize. Cuz she was cooning for white folks bottomline.

  • seriously?

    Non forgivable?
    That’s sound awful. How bout just not paying her the time of day, which most of yall wasnt doing anyway.

  • Treece

    “….many use the tired phrase, “She said what other Black women are thinking.” What? So we now know what’s in the minds of other Black women, even if they were weaves/wigs? ….So please don’t ASSume you know what other Black women are thinking.”

    Thank you ma’am. I wear everything from weaves to using a pressing comb or flat iron every once and I while and I have NEVER though any of the foul things Sheryl said about black hair. NEVER. Right now I am wearing Marley braids (using synthetic hair that is actually more coarse and “nappy” than my own) and i stopped relaxing about 3 years ago. Please don’t judge us all by the Sheryl Underwoods of the world. Not all of us self-hate or are ashamed of our real hair just b/c we choose to wear our hair straight or wear weaves every now and then. I am certainly not ashamed of my hair texture and I don’t use weaves and braids to cover up my natural texture. It’s just an alternate style in between times when I do wear my real hair out.

    As for Ms. Sheryl, she should most definitely ask God to help her with her choice of words b/c it did come out all types of wrong. What she said about what she was taught vs. the types of jokes and cracks she regularly makes about blacks are completely contradictory. She coons every weekday for The Talk audience and doesn’t think twice about the way she comes off, or many of the ignorant statements she makes. I wonder what her father would think about that considering how much Black pride he instilled in her?

  • Azzure

    Joke or no joke you have to think before you speak. Being that she is black & in the entertainment business, she should know better. She knows what will tick off the black community & what won’t. A few weeks ago she was talking about how wonderful the afro is on the Steve Harvey morning show which has mainly black listeners. Now on national tv, you diss the black hair texture in front of a diverse audience? Really??

  • RJ

    Umm, did anyone notice the flash ad to the left of this article It is for Bumble and bumble and reads “Nice Hair”. All of the hair featured reside on white heads. I am just saying.

  • JJ

    Clutch know they ain’t right for putting up that photo. Lol

  • L

    “I stated that the act of saving hair was ‘nasty’. Cutting and saving what I consider as dead…”

    Ummm well Sheryl, I bet some little indian lady or horse said the same thing before thier hair was cut and stitched to make that horrid wig you have on.

  • B-More

    Who are you fooling, Sheryl? Just another black person put in the media to put your own people down.. You said “who would want to save AFRO hair” and then when the white female said something about saving her child’s hair you said something to the effect of “I bet it’s silky and long” SMH Self hate is rampant… We need to do better.

  • Lola289

    That chick BEEN talking negatively about black ppl & therefore herself.
    The camera just caught her. I would feel awful if I was her soror.

  • BeanBean

    Apologizing doesn’t change the way she feels! I bet she would look so much better if she took that shiny wig off, that nobody would ever believe was her hair anyway! My mom saves me and my siblings hair, we have afro hair! I save my daughters hair. It’s not as afrotastic as mine, but I still save it!

  • Huey

    Seriously,
    I am not a christian so forgiveness in my opinion is highly overrated and not that high up on my to do list. Attack or belittle children and we have a problem that forgiveness won’t remedy.
    I am sure your “forgiveness” will encourage them to think twice about doing it again.

  • http://gravatar.com/googleygirl googleygirl

    Exactly! I heard her say that too… that the white womans saving her children long & silky hair was ok, but afro, beady hair was nasty. WTF ever Sheryl, I never like her anyway… shes been showing self hate for decades. I remember when she was on TJMS she talked badly about herself the whole time from ridiculing her dark complexion to her “horse”-like facial features.. .she said all this. They all were shocked and you could hear it in their voices. So all though I am disappointed, I am not surprised. WE don’t need to do better, SHE needs to do better.

  • Lola

    This has got to be one of the most patheric apology I’ve ever read. She shouldn’t have bothered because she is obviously lying through her teeth.

    And she’s also so manipulative. The way she used God to try and gain sympathy. Then playing the victim by pleading to not attack her family, friends … WTF! She is revolting.

  • Nakia

    I disagree. This will change her, though I doubt that it will change how she feels about herself. That has been a long time in the making. And I’m sorry, but we should be worked up. We’re being attacked from every angle. The self-esteem of our children needs to be protected. They cannot be successful without it.

  • WhatIThink

    Well at this point there is an almost daily attack on black people in the media in one form or another. First it was white folks calling black folks the “n-word” all over the place. Now it is black folks putting on their best coon act for all the world to see how much they hate themselves.

    I guess they are going all out to see just how far black folks can be pushed.

  • LoveJoy02

    Yea….. Back-peddle away Sheryl….

    Another thing, if she wore afros and was militant at some point then you know it’s because it was “Trendy” at the time. ..

    You know those types of Blacks. ..

  • Deal-n-Truth

    I was thinking the same thing, but minus the B-word.

  • Deal-n-Truth

    They must learn to taste their words before they spit them out or they will begin to feel the emptiness of their pockets. I simply don’t support folks like this, regardless of skin color.

  • Deal-n-Truth

    Just because you turn a blind-eye to the blatant disrespect that comes from black celebrities and other so-called prominent black folks, doesn’t mean that the rest of us follow the same doctrine of applying double standards and solidarity to them. They should be and will be held accountable just.like.every.one.else!

  • Anthony

    @Nakia, I feel that what she said was extremely offensive, and her apology is weak. I also feel that she has now been exposed, and she is off of my radar as someone I will listen to. I just don’t want to waste energy on a dufus.

  • Anthony

    I’m looking Sheryl Underwood, and she is the same color with features not unlike Mary McCleod Bethune, or Harriet Tubman. I think about the great Shirley Chisholm (I also remember the old Redd Foxx joke about him being more excited at the the idea of sleeping with some famous white woman than voting for Shirley Chisholm.) None of those women ever held their heads down. The stood straight, and were dignified. For what it is worth, they all had husbands too. Underwood’s self-hate has hurt her more than any black or fat joke told by a bully could ever hurt her.

  • Kriss

    BAM! Best comment here.

  • Kriss

    Those teeth, that wig, that picture. lmao. That said, I have relaxed hair and I am self-aware, self-loving and a black woman. I know plenty of women with fros who are sleeping with someone’s husband or doing wrong so hair does not make you, your values do.

  • http://yahooclutch Kismet

    I’m not mad or hurt by Sheryl Underwood’s comment, and i have naturally curly hair that white people, as well as others, pay much compliment to… I’m more disappointed in media and society for creating an environment that fosters inferiority complexes. It happens with skin color, weight, hair texture, etc. Sheryl’s comments come from a deeper place – an environment and being a product of it… How different were the subconsciousness of Sheryl’s words from what drives a person’s conscious choice of anorexia? Maybe we should coin the term; “hair dysmorphic disorder”

  • Sharon Lowd

    I’m 62 yrs old and I’ve pretty much done everything to my hair that can be done: natural/afro, pressing, relaxed, extensions, hair pieces, wigs, and the infamous Jheri Curl! I’m really too old to care what anyone thinks about how I choose to wear my hair. Over the past 3 yrs I have had some medical issues that have caused me to lose some of my hair and I’m actually just happy to have some.

    I have no idea what Sheryl Underwood’s problem is – ignorance, or a blatant attempt to entertain at any cost. She did mention something that I may possibly agree with – when she says that cut hair is a dead thing – I’m no scientist but that did give me pause. I’m one of those people that cannot stand touching someone else’s hair – I don’t like long hair brushing against my face or shoulders, I don’t like running my fingers through anyone’s hair (except my kids, husband and myself), and I’m almost get physically ill when I see hair in the sink. When I go to a salon or barber shop, it drives me insane to see them sweep up hair – I usually just try to distract myself by talking or looking at a magazine. This has nothing to do with self-hate and I don’t know when I started feeling this way or why I feel this way. Maybe Sheryl feels like I do – the only difference is that I wouldn’t dare try to make a joke about it, especially on TV, nor would I say anything about my feelings in connection with what others do with their children’s hair. I’m a Mom and you know how sentimental we can be – saving a baby’s hair from the first haircut, teeth, baby shoes, bibs, stuffed animals, and that old ratty blanket that even the kid started to hate. Maybe she’s just not very bright and did not explain herself well – I sure hope that’s what it is. I would rather be called silly/stupid than hateful.

  • http://gravatar.com/beejcee beejcee

    So, did she not say the things that were reported? Because if she did, she sure as heck did not apologize for saying them.

  • TC

    urm but black women do get afro wigs and weaves, more the texture than the style today but the dis was to the texture not towards a hairstyle.

    Not to mention this lil movement still going on where women are ditching their perms and going back to wearing their natural hair texture.

    And even if what the both of you are saying were true and could be the proven mentality of 99.9% of black women in this country, it would still be dead wrong to say it or think it, just that much more accepted.

    Lastly speaking as a hair stylist that’s worked on every hair type there is there are people with actual straight hair that don’t blow dry it or do much to it, the rest of the world is mimicking them all of it steming from classism.

  • http://gravatar.com/seniorritanita seniorritanitaseniorrita

    She is still INSULTING with the “ya’ll’ comment. Why be condescending in the apology? Is that the way a college graduate communicates an articulate conversation? Perhaps some more praying will help?

  • http://gravatar.com/nolakiss16 binks

    I am not reading an apology and even if she did apologize she can keep it, so over faux forced apologies from people.

  • Michelle

    She knows that she wasn’t referring to the act of saving hair as being nasty; she clearly meant that natural hair is nasty. When her colleague said that she saved her children’s hair as well, Sherry joked about it, calling it silky hair so it was okay. Saying that no one walks into a hair store asking about afro hair doesn’t refer to saving hair as nasty, but afro hair in itself. We all know she’s doing what’s necessary to keep her job, so she’s doing her part. Apology is as fake and forced.

  • Miss E

    Liar liar. She so DID say that natural hair is nasty. These were her exact words:
    Sheryl: I’m sorry but why would you save Afro hair? You’ll never see us in a hair place saying: look what I need is curly nappy beady hair. That just seems nasty
    (When one of the co-hosts said that she saved hair from her son’s first haircut)
    Sheryl: Which (ie: referring to the white co-host’s son’s hair) which is probably some long beautiful silky stuff- that’s not what an afro is.

  • Guess

    Nice try. Her words can not be justified.

  • i am not my hair

    Sheryl is cooning. We know that. My issue is with the women on here with natural hair who are shaming women with relaxed hair as if having natural hair means you are somewhat morally superior. One of my heroes is Maya Angelou and her hair is…wait for it…relaxed! I know many of you are NOT Maya Angelou. Stop judging.

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