Sheryl Underwood attempted to clean up her “nappy hair is nasty” comment during a sit down with natural hair guru Curly Nikki today. Along with apologizing for the highly-criticized remark, the comedienne said she’s not ashamed of her Blackness and her words were misunderstood.
“Everyday after the show, I look at the footage as a way to continue to strive to be better… to express myself better. I play everything back so I can watch, learn and improve. When that segment played back, I knew that it would be misunderstood,” she said at the top of the interview. “The discussion was about cutting and saving hair. I didn’t speak about Heidi Klum or her children’s hair. I stated that the act of saving hair was ‘nasty’. Cutting and saving what I consider as dead… it’s like saving fingernails. People are accusing me of calling natural hair ‘nasty’. I did not say that.”
She went on to admit that she used “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.”
“I’m not what you think I am,” she added after Nikki asked is she had self-hate issues. “I am not ashamed of my Blackness or who I am. In high school I had a giant afro, in college I was militant. I loved my afro puff. My dad instilled Black pride in me. I have no hair shame whatsoever.
In conclusion, she reiterated “I made a mistake and I’m sorry.”
“There is a consequence to everything that you do and say. I understand why a part of my community was disappointed in the implication that Black, natural hair is bad and that White hair is good. I will be much more careful with everything I say,” she promised. “Please do not attack my colleagues, my family, my friends. I’m with ya’ll. I’m fighting for you everyday and despite making myself available on the radio show and on Twitter, I don’t feel like you’re letting me engage in a respectful conversation.”
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