Two years ago, Sheryl Underwood caused an uproar during a segment of “The Talk” when she questioned why Heidi Klum would save her bi-racial children’s hair and unconsciously revealed deep-rooted insecurities about her own texture when she asked:
“Why would you save afro hair? You can’t weave in afro hair! No one walks into the hair place and says ‘Look here, what I need is curly, nappy, beady hair. That just seems nasty”
Now the CBS talk show co-host has not only seen the error of her ways, she’s also come around to #TeamNatural. On Thursday, Underwood decided to take her wig off during a commercial break on “The Talk” and use her platform the way it should’ve been used the first time around. In revealing her afro, Underwood said of her 2013 remarks:
“I made some statements that were not only wrong, they hurt our community. When I say our community, I say Black people are very sensitive about a discussion about our hair…In my comments, and trying to explain but it was juxtaposed against statements that were very, very hurtful…and to come out of the mouth of a very proud Black woman, I was wrong. And I wanted to take the time to apologize, especially in the forum that this discussion occurred because there was a lot of backlash. People said I was an uncle Tom and an HN [house n-gger]; I was a coon. I was all sorts of things and I can understand that kind of language being used because people were hurt. They were hurt that I had the platform on the number one network and that I made a big mistake on the number one network.”
Underwood also asked co-host Julie Chen to read a statement she wrote about the incident, which said:
“I want to apologize for my recent attempt at humor that missed the target and hit my people squarely in the heart. The way the joke came out offended my people and my community, which was not my intent. There is a responsibility to being on TV, and there is a cultural responsibility when you make a mistake that really hurts people.
It was at this point that Underwood added, “I am so sorry to my community and my people for hurting you. I’m asking you for forgiveness and I will work hard to make it better.” She also revealed she’d be wearing her hair natural for the rest of the show.
Is all forgiven?