[OPINION] No Sheryl, Our Natural Hair Isn’t Nasty
Sheryl Underwood Comedian and The Talk co-host Sheryl Underwood has made some pretty bad headlinesafter calling Afro hair “beady” and “nasty.” Here we go again: another celebrity making an unintelligent comment about our God-given hair. This time around, natural women (and Black women in general) shot back.In case you haven’t heard, CBS aired a rerun of an episode including the canada goose distasteful remark last Friday. The topic of discussion focused on former model and Project Runway https://www.canadagooseoutletcanada.ca canada goose clearance host Heidi Klum admitting that Canada Goose online she saves the hair of her biracial children after shaving their Afros. After being completely thrown off and appalled by Klum’s statement, Underwood made a nasty Canada Goose Parka and rude comment: “Why canada goose deals would you save Afro hair? You can’t canada goose replica weave… Afro hair. You don’t canada goose coats ever see [Black women] in the Canada Goose Outlet hair store asking for curly, nappy beaded hair. That’s just nasty.”Co-host Sarah Gilbert joined the conversation, saying she also saves her son’s hair when Underwood interrupted, saying that it was “probably some beautiful, long silky stuff.”Really?! So this is what we've come to? It’s perfectly acceptable to save some “long silky stuff,” but disgraceful to save African-American hair?When I first heard the comment, all I felt was disappointment. Here we have a former president of Zeta Phi Beta canada goose black friday sale Sorority Inc., a former naturalista, who’s gained the opportunity to bring a solid Black woman’s perspective buy canada goose jacket to a national syndicated show, and what does she do? Not only does she bash natural hair, but she outwardly praises European hair as if it should be the aspiration. As a natural hair community, we have to continuously fight against negative hair Canada Goose Coats On Sale stereotypes. To have someone who used to wear braids and Afro puffs calling our hair “nappy” and “nasty,” and Canada Goose sale speaking Canada Goose Online on it as if it carried some type of disease, is a hard canada goose coats on sale slap in the face.While Underwood meant for the comment to be a joke, it seems as though Black, natural buy canada goose jacket cheap Twitter had the last laugh. Feeling insulted and infuriated, Black women quickly invaded Underwood’s Twitter mentions with responses to her canada goose clearance sale comment. The outrage was so intense that Underwood eventually agreed to sit down with Curly Nikki in an interview to offer an apology, saying that the joke was “misinterpreted.” The comedianalso appeared as canada goose store a radio cheap Canada Goose guest on The Steve Harvey Morning Show earlier this week, where she gave a sincere apology for hurting “her people” and the fans that have supported her entire career.Wow, the power of social media.The apologies sound nice, but we know enough to understand that time Canada Goose Jackets and time again, people, even Black people, have continuously made outrageous comments about Black women and our hair. And I’m pretty sure they meant them.I understand that Sheryl is a comedian and I also get that not every Black person rocks with natural hair. There’s nothing wrong with that at all. But at the end of the day, putting down the natural hair of your own “people,” the hair that you have under all of those wigs you wear, make you look like a sad sellout. Period.At the end of the day, Underwood has this large platform she can utilize in media, canada goose outlet and whether she agrees or not, any shots taken at “her people” will not resonate well, regardless if she was just trying to be funny or not. I’m glad she was held accountable for what she said. I don’t know if the comment canadian goose jacket came from self-hate, distaste for natural hair, or simply ignorance. But I do hope that she understands the underlying issue behind her comment, and possibly resolves her own underlying issues (because when she takes her wigs off, she is not rocking some “long silky stuff”… trust).Kudos to the natural hair community for sending a clear message that we will not be the butt of jokes or negative comments about our hair. We love every kink, nap, and curl just the way they are.LaParis is a freelance beauty writer from St. Louis currently residing in Brooklyn. She is also the creator of the blog tailoredsilhouette.com.