According to BET Centric, Sheryl Underwood took to the "The Talk" table to apologize for comments she made regarding natural hair. Debuting her own natural tresses, the funny lady took a more serious direction to address a joke she had made on a previous show. "I made some statements that were not only wrong, but they hurt our community [...] Black people are very sensitive about a discussion about our hair," Underwood said. She was sympathetic not only because of the damage her words had done, but because she did so as a self-dscribed "very proud Black woman."
On a previously recorded episode, Underwood slammed natural hair, questioning why model Heidi Klum would try to "save" her children's "Afro hair" after it is cut. "Why would you save Afro hair? You can't weave in Afro hair!” Underwood joked. Her comments caused a firestorm on social media, with many expressing their disgust at a Black woman shaming natural hair.
"The way the joke came out offended my people and my community, which was not my intent," Underwood said at the table with her co-hosts, including fellow Black woman Aisha Tyler. "There was a lot of backlash. A lot of people said that I was an Uncle Tom [...] I was a coon. I could understand that kind of language being used because people were hurt," she added. The comedienne relented that her comments were irresponsible as a Black woman with such an influential platform on a "number one" network. "There is a responsibility to being on TV. There's a cultural responsbility. The way we got images out there—there's no need for me to do something that causes more damage to us," she said. Underwood said the backlash caused her to do a little soul-searching, prompting her to cut her hair off and grow it back naturally. She also said that she reached out to natural hair bloggers to engage them on the topic. Though she admits she will continue to wear wigs because she likes "variety," she now has a deeper appreciation for her roots.
Sidebar: Good job Sheryl Underwood. We all make mistakes, but I'm glad you apologized. We do not need anymore folk making our young ladies feel bad for wearing their natural hair, especially by our own people. So happy you realized you have more than a job, you have a responsibility in the position you are in. Check out the time I got a chance to interview Sheryl underwood below.