UPDATED 9/4/13, 4:36 P.M.: In an interview, Sheryl Underwood asks the public to forgive the statements she made about Black hair, saying in part on CurlyNikki:
That was a bad choice of words. A bad juxtaposition of words to imply that our hair is not good. I made a mistake. I will own up to that mistake. I’m going to talk to God and change the way I articulate things and be more cognizant. I’m not perfect and I bet if you put a camera on someone all day, they’d eventually say something they’d regret too. I am asking you to forgive me for the statement I made, which to me, is a power only God has, really.
While the always opinionated Underwood was co-hosting a segment on her show, Klum’s quote about what she does with her children’s hair came up: Klum reportedly said that her children, which she had with singer Seal, sported “big Afros.” Klum also mentioned that when she shaves their kids’ Afros down, she saves their hair.
When Underwood heard how Klum saved their hair, she asked her talk show panelist hosts incredulously, “Why?” Underwood, who is known for her in-your-face humor and round-the-way-girl wit, went on to imply that no one wants Afro hair and then asked who ever heard of a woman in a hair salon requesting “curly, nappy, beady [hair]…that just seems nasty.”
When “The Talk’s” co-host Sarah Gilbert, who has curly hair, joined the discussion to add that she, too, saves her children’s cut hair, Underwood then stated that theirs was probably “some beautiful, long, silky” stuff, inferring that Caucasian tresses were worth holding on to.
Watch Sheryl Underwood’s comments on Afro hair here:
But many viewers felt Underwood’s comments were a clear depiction of self-hate and took their ire to Twitter with the following comments: