I have spoken before about having the only Black women on major talk shows, such as The View and The Talk being comedians. Sheryl Underwood is one of those comedians who does not seem to understand that she was invited on the panel of The Talk because they must have realized she had the potential to offer the CBS audience a great deal of buffoonery while they yacked it up and she looked like a fool.
Instead of being a funny Black woman who can deliver both some significant and meaningful commentary of her experience as both a woman and a person of color while throwing in a few laughs, she is instead more like the circus monkey that everyone tolerates while it breaks things because every now and then it does something that makes them all have a great laugh or at least keeps them mildly amused.
The Twitter-verse is upset, and rightfully so, because Underwood decided to add her two cents to a conversation regarding Heidi Klum and Seal’s bi-racial children.
According to theroot.com,
“Underwood railed against “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.
Upon hearing that Klum saves their hair, Underwood responded, “Why would you save Afro hair?” She went on to imply that nobody wants that type of hair, saying that you never hear of a woman in a hair shop asking for that “curly, nappy, beady” hair.”
While we can all appreciate that most of the time, Underwood is saying things just to get laughs, she went too far this time. Under all those wigs that Underwood wears, I’m willing to bet that there is some “curly, nappy, beady” hair as she puts it and I fail to understand why she would mock, not only herself in that way but also the rest of Black people who also have hair that is naturally curly.
So, a major questions is: Does Sheryl really hate herself? Well, I find it hard to say “no”. All of us may, at times, stretch ourselves in terms of how far we will go to feed ourselves and our loved ones but I feel like Sheryl has not only gone too far; she jumped off the cliff! A spot on a show with a panel of smart and accomplished women is something that many of us aspire to but if we must act like a circus monkey who hates herself to sit on that spot, then the price for the spot is too high.
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