Sheryl Underwood gained a little extra attention recently after comments she made on "The Talk." Unfortunately, the attention she got was about as unflattering as the comments that she made. In an attempt to make things right, Underwood issued an apology on her Facebook fan page on September 4.
It all started when the hosts of "The Talk" were discussing Heidi Klum and her children. They were discussing how she thinks her childrens' hair is pretty and that she saves their hair after it has been cut. To that, Underwood responded, "Why would you save afro hair?” She also went on to say, “You can’t weave afro hair.” Only adding to the fire, she continued,“You never see [black women] at the hair place going ‘Look, here, what I need here is, I need those curly, nappy beads. That just seems nasty.”
Sheryl Underwood's comments sparked a huge controversy, with many expressing their anger on Twitter. Despite the fact that Underwood is a comedian and that she was trying to be funny, most are not laughing. Possibly because when Sara Gilbert confessed to also saving her childrens' hair, Underwood commented on how theirs was probably "long and silky."
Considering the recent trend to go back to natural hair and to embrace a beautiful head of curly hair, is Underwood really surprised that those women would be offended by what has been called an obvious case of "self-hate?" In an attempt to redeem herself, Underwood went as far as to remove her wig on national television during another episode of "The Talk." Many that commented on her reveal said she did not have to do that and others said that her hair would look much healthier if she stopped putting a wig on it.
While Underwood is entitled to her opinion, this one would have been best kept to herself. Her comments hurt many and she must realize that now because she keeps on apologizing. Natural African American hair can and is beautiful, there is no need to bash those who choose to wear their hair in that style.