Comedienne Sheryl Underwood is now trying to make a heartfelt apology after her Afro hair comments. During the June episode of the show “The Talk”, they were talking about model Heidi Klum’s choice to keep the hair of her biracial children for her art projects.
Here is their actual discussion:
Sheryl: I’m sorry but why would you save afro hair? You can’t weave in afro hair. You ain’t never seen us at the hair place going, ‘Look here, what I need is the curly, nappy beads. That just seems nasty.
Sara: I totally get this. I don’t know if I’m weird but I have my son’s first haircut –
Sheryl: Which is probably some beautiful long silky stuff. That’s not what an afro is.
After its rerun, Sheryl received a lot of negative comments.
According to Sheryl, she was being misunderstood. She said, “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.”
Sheryl appeared on the Steve Harvey Morning Show to make a tearful apology saying:
“I want to apologize at my recent attempt at humor that missed the target and hit my people squarely in the heart. To all of you, I say I’m very sorry for my failed attempt at humor surrounding something that’s very sensitive to us: our hair. I could use this time to try to explain the intent on what I said, but misunderstanding aside, the way the joke came out offended my people and my community which was not my intent.”
“[...] My choice of words was wrong and inappropriate. I hope that in time you can forgive me. [...]We make mistakes all the time, and I will use this as a learning experience to reflect on the power of words and how I personally use them. And I hear you. You’ve reminded me about the enormous platform that I’m blessed to have and that my words have power. Again I hear you. I’ve always portrayed myself onstage and on TV and anywhere you see me to be strong enough to take the hit, especially when I’m wrong. All jokes aside, I was wrong. I made a mistake. I juxtaposed images that are continuously hurtful to our people and for that I am truly sorry. For those who say it’s not enough, I can only ask that you let time heal this wound. Some of you have said things that are hurtful and we are not a people of slurs but we are a people of forgiveness. I made an inappropriate joke and an unfortunate statement that hurt the community that I love and work tirelessly for. I’ve worked over the years to earn your trust and your respect and I’m going to work even harder to get it back. Please accept my apology and I ask you for forgiveness and hopefully today this is where it starts.”