Shepherd on 'DWTS': 'Black Girl' Stereotype?

Sherri Shepherd on DWTS (ABC)
Sherri Shepherd on DWTS (ABC)

On Tuesday, Wendy Williams had some pointed words for The View co-host Sherri Shepherd about her Dancing With the Stars performance. With humor softening the edges of her take on an experience she knows a little something about, Williams accused Shepherd of humoring the show's producers by giving them an "all black girl" performance. And she implored her to stop it.

The Huffington Post reports:

Williams also offered some advice to Shepherd. "I have to say, Sherri," Williams said. "You know when you're talking to the camera and not doing the dancing … Sherri, you were giving them everything they want to see from us black girls — that loud talk, the gaping laugh … don't let them do that to you, Sherri."


Williams then recalled her own experience, which she said she has discussed with her viewers in the past. Speaking to her audience, Williams said, "I explained to you guys what they actually wanted from me. They wanted me to be all black girl — 'oh no she did, oh yes she, oh no. Tony — you is not going to make me dance like that no mo'!"

She continued, speaking of altering her behavior for the show, "Really? I'm not that girl."

Read more at the Huffington Post.

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