Sheryl Underwood Slams Afro Hair on National TV

Posted on Sep 3 2013 - 9:58am by Tracy

CBS show “The Talk,” Sheryl Underwood spoke out about “nappy” “Afro” hair during a discussion about Heidi Klum saving her children’s hair after it had been cut.

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Klum’s children with ex-husband Seal have “huge Afros,” as she described them. Underwood responded, “Why would you save Afro hair?” She went on to imply that hair like that wasn’t desirable and woman in a hair shop would never ask for that “curly, nappy, beady” hair.

When her co-host Sarah Gilbert revealed she also saves her children’s hair, Underwood countered by saying that it was “probably some beautiful, long, silky stuff. Underwood’s comments implied that type of hair was indeed worth saving and judging by the laughter of the audience, many others in the room agreed. Interestingly, the other black co-host, Aisha Tyler, didn’t say nary a word during the segment. We could be wrong, but judging from the expression on her face, it seemed that she was not diggin’ on Underwood’s comment and wanted to say something, but decided to stay out it.

I’m sure you know folks on Twitter went in on Sheryl; they even questioned Underwood’s appreciation for her culture and even for herself. But if you know Sheryl, she didn’t back down; she also used her Twitter account to respond to her critics. Her response was that folks are just “tripping,” and told them to “lighten up.”

Why are black folks always talking about our hair….white folks don’t talk about their hair?


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  1. Sarah September 3, 2013 at 9:16 pm -

    SMH. She did not have to talk shit like this on television, as if black women don’t have enough of a complex. She just made white people without kinky hair seem superior because their hair isn’t “nasty.”

    • Tracy September 4, 2013 at 8:37 am -

      Sarah, yes that was soooo wrong. She could of kept her comments to herself.