You might have seen the video of Sheryl Underwood on The Talk discussing her experience of fellow comedians talking about her without them knowing she was listening. The gist of it is that she got on early to a conference call that was discussing a potential sequel to the Queens of Comedy. Sheryl had put her phone on mute. When the other ladies (Sommore, Adele Givens, and Ms. Laura Hayes) got on the conference call they started talking about Sheryl in a not so nice way unbeknownst to them that she was on the call. Sheryl explained that instead of letting the women know that she could hear them, she instead chose to take notes and use their criticism to better herself. She has since gone to work on other projects with the ladies and had never mentioned to them that she heard their comments.
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Now for the backlash…
Needless to say, the other women were none too happy that Sheryl blasted them on national television. Adele responded with a tweet
“wow. The View must be pulling some really great ratings!”And Laura Hayes responded with an Instagram pic of a wig, I guess implying that she is about the snatch wigs (an urban saying meaning she is about to go in on Sheryl.) Sommore just retweeted some of her fans tweets about how jacked up Sheryl was for shading them.
Not one woman has denied the conversation took place or even offered an apology.Even Rickey Smiley got in on the action by discussing some not so great things that he knew about Sheryl Underwood.
It seems that the main problem that people had with Sheryl Underwood’s truth was that she named names. Rather you agree or not that she should have kept the names secret that was not the point of her truth. She explained that we do not often get to hear people’s real opinions of us. We hear praises but not so much criticism. She chose to take this negative and turn it into a positive. She took note of what was being said about her and tried to improve herself. How many of us would have reacted like that?I also commend Sheryl for not dogging the accused women. She could have easily pointed out the fact that she is on a national TV program while the rest of the women are still on the comedy club circuit. She could have even stated her relevance compared to the others but she didn’t. She told her story, explained what she learned from it, and left it at that. She called them out but she didn’t dog them out.
The fact that people have attacked Sheryl for sharing her story reiterates what I have said before: women are not allowed to discuss how they really feel about situations they have gone through in their lives. The moment we open our mouths and share our story about how someone made us feel we are seen as bitter, jaded, or accused of not letting go of the past. We are expected to keep things bottled up or when do speak them we have to walk on eggshells because God forbid we bother someone else with our story.
I know there are two sides to every story but I can't help but believe Sheryl's side of the story because what does she have to gain by lying. And the other women have not denied it. Yea, she could have kept the names secret, but whatever, her truth was told and sometimes we need to be blasted to remind us that we have something to work on. So women, continue telling your truth and don’t let anyone make you feel bad for it.