Sheryl Underwood Slams Natural Hair: ‘Why Would You Save Afro Hair?’ (Watch)

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  • In the clip above from her 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.

    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.

    Well, you can best believe folks took to Twitter to give Sheryl their two cents; they even questioned Underwood’s appreciation for her culture and even for herself. But Underwood of course 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.”

    Natural hair – as we all know – has a long love/hate history in the black community and was even touched on in the Chris Rock documentary “Good Hair,” and the musical number “Good & Bad Hair” from Spike Lee‘s “School Daze.”

    It can be a deeply painful topic and would think Underwood would be sensitive enough to not offend those who embrace their “curly, nappy, beady” hair.

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    14 thoughts on “Sheryl Underwood Slams Natural Hair: ‘Why Would You Save Afro Hair?’ (Watch)

    1. Unfortunately, the show’s conservative, probably biased audience agreed with her comments. So I guess she was satisfied with that. Sheryl Underwood, I’d love to have a discussion with you – my turf or yours. I’ve been natural for 14 years, l love my beautiful, kinky, highly textured hair beyond description! I have 22 inches of lovely, natural locks, that are all mine, unlike your artificial, wet dog, weave. (hair & length that you can only dream of) Get over yourself, & get some pride in yourself, or keep your DAMN mouth shut!

    2. She needs to shut her stupid ass mouth! Apparently, she’s an ass kissing wannabe who hates herself & her culture. As a strong advocate for natural hair, I’d love to take her on, anytime, anywhere!

    3. Yet Black women spend billions every year trying to have hair like someone else and never recognize their own beauty. They denigrate and mock Black women who do embrace their natural selves. It takes a white woman, Heidi Klum, to appreciate and celebrate black hair? Sadly Underwood is not alone she just said what so many Black women really feel. Look at the numbers of Black women with someone else’s hair on their head for verification.

    4. Wow! Sheryl went there huh? Of course, having natural hair is a personal decision, but Sheryl’s comments were way out of line. Does she really think she’s white? If so, she needs to look in the mirror! You know, she’s the token black and needed those lines to stay relevant. Smh….

    5. Just sounds dumb!!! And.. there is NO other race of people who would express this kind of a comment about their own race and those shared common features – hair AND NOT BE UNDER DURESS….. dumb..dumb..dumb…dumb.. She voluntarily blurted out self-hatred..wow.. No it is not an area to joke about… she really went BELOW and BEYOND the necessary to make the network aware that she will truly EARN her KEEP on that show… wow…. dumb to the 100th power!!!!

    6. Well like the other person above mention she is a republican and when I found that out I know she was someone I would not respect on nothing she says, not only is she ignorant but she is not funny in some of the things she says. Just another typical ass black woman who hates herself.

    7. Ah, excuse me, we are talking about Sheryl Underwood, arent we? I mean, when it comes to hair, or any other feminine attribute, does her opinion really hold any validity? I Dont Think So!!

    8. WOW…I have just lost all RESPECT for Sheryl Underwood that was not FUNNY, our kids need to embrace EVERYTHING about their BLACKNESS she should think before she opens her BIG ASS MOUTH that is not a comment you would make in front of a black audience so why would you make it on NATIONAL television. BADchoice SHERYL.

    9. Yes, not surprised at Sheryl Underwood’s slams against our culture. She is a Republican, which tells you something. I’ve yet to see the GOP embrace her!!! She wears wigs and weave, which is her own choice, but why be so negative toward her culture and our hair. Shows how ignorant the woman is.

    10. Of course she did its her job to play the Mammy of the show. For her to sit there on national television and disrespect herself and culture that way should clearly show everyone that psychologically we as a people still harbor a lot of hate towards our self. She praised white hair as long and silky and beautiful and disrespected what’s under that wig she is wearing in a matter of 20 seconds wow!!

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