George Lopez Makes Ugly Hair Joke


George Lopez makes ugly hair joke.

We’re like family here, right? So y’all tell me if I’m being too sensitive…

I was watching The Arsenio Hall Show Wednesday night (yes, he’s back) and comedian George Lopez was a guest.

I can’t say that I know much about Lopez’s comedy. I’ve seen bits and pieces of a show, but that’s it. All this to say I’m not familiar with his style of comedy.

Everything was cool until he made this joke:

African-American people and Latino people need to get together and make some babies. [applause] Have you seen the kids that we make? They are beautiful. […] They got ugly hair but they’re beautiful. […] Good luck trying to get a comb through that.

Arsenio and guest Magic Johnson were cracking up. Here was me:

I Don't Approve

If this had been a white person, the Internet would have lit him up. As a matter of fact, Sheryl Underwood pretty much said the same thing and we had her on national radio apologizing.

So what gives? Does he get a pass because it was a joke? Or because he’s a fellow minority? Am I just tripping?

Take a look at the video and let me know your thoughts.

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17 Responses so far.

  1. Haley says:

    I don’t approve but it didn’t make me upset. I swear insulting Black woman or their hair is the new way to gain relevance in Hollywood. I refuse to help. Nope.
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    • nappy headed black girl says:

      Agreed. I don’t know if it upset me, but it definitely turned me off from the rest of his set. If I were there, I may have booed lol

  2. Melissa says:

    Wow. He certainly does not get a pass… I would have been feeling the same way. What is it with the constant negative commentary about Black hair? I just bet Arsenio and Magic were cackling it up. Oh well. I guess talk show hostdom isn’t my calling.

    • nappy headed black girl says:

      OK, so it’s not just me lol Someone on another forum said that’s just his style of comedy and that he also makes a lot of Latino jokes.

  3. MsKat says:

    I never watched his show, but I followed him when he was a stand up comedian. He was funny then. This was not. Glad these folks are showing their true feelings though-makes deciding what to watch, who to support much easier with all the flotsam out of the way. Magic, stop being a yes-man, it wasn’t funny. As for Arsenio, I stopped watching his show pretty quick when it was on before; I think the reason was because he seemed so insincere when he would laugh at or react to things, I guess just seemed kind of ‘fake’ in general. I see he hasn’t given that up this go ’round either…not that I’ve watched. Annoys me but doesn’t surprise me that so many people always have something negative to say about a tightly curled hair texture. They don’t know what to do with it, so they say negative things-just like when they were children; if they didn’t know someone, instead of just getting to know them they attacked. If people would learn textured hair and stop feeling like all hair has to fit into one idea of how hair should look and accept that people are all different and get over themselves, all of that would cease. But then, if people accepted one another for and celebrated their individuality, where would the fun be in that?

    • nappy headed black girl says:

      Exactly. You don’t even have to be knowledgeable; just accept the differences and realize different doesn’t mean inferior.

      As for the new show…I’m watching mostly for support right now. Arsenio is the only black (male or female)late-night host. Actually, until Latifah pops on the scene, I believe he’s the only black one period.

  4. Whitney says:

    People make fun because they don’t understand. Sheryl Underwood doesn’t get a pass, none of them do. All this controversy about our hair, amazing. We need to stop the back & forth between ourselves about our hair. One thing that people don’t think about, a lot of Jewish people have tightly coiled hair. We aren’t the only people that have tightly coiled hair. I have a job interview on Monday and my hair will be neat and professional. Will I get looks? Yes, but I will hold my head up high and allow my experience and my interview skills to get offered the job that I’m interviewing for.
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    • MsKat says:

      I wish you all the best at your interview! I agree, this back and forth does need to stop-if people stopped drawing so much negative attention to it it would become a non-issue. Natural coils would go back to just being a hair type, which is all it is. Nothing to see here, folks, just another fabulous ‘do on a head of naturally curly hair, move on! Additionally, you are right-I had Jewish customers who came regularly to get relaxers just like the Black folks. And Lopez needs to take a trip to visit the Dominicanas or the Cubanas-some of their hair textures rival that of a black American or even an African.

    • nappy headed black girl says:

      Good luck on your interview, sis. I’ve found that wearing a natural style is 90% confidence.

      I agree about the not understanding part, too. I guess it’s “OK” to crack on something when you have no connection to it.

  5. Melissa says:

    I’ve also known Italians, in addition to Jewish people who have had tightly coiled hair. Jewish people call it their “Jewfro”. My grandmother was what they call “Afro Cuban”. Maybe he just needs to watch “Blacks in Latin America”. Seems like he needs to be educated.

  6. Not really funny but it’s just jokes to me. I don’t get offended. People will always say things that stir up a ruckus. The thing is he said ugly hair based on blacks AND latinos. This time it wasn’t a straight shot at black folk. Plus, he’s a person of color too so maybe he’s talking from his experience. That doesn’t excuse it but at least he’s not a white many saying it. It could be worst I guess. Ugly was a strong word though. Maybe he could have said “interesting”
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    • nappy headed black girl says:

      This is the first thing I thought, too. That it wasn’t a straight dig at us. But, unfortunately, I’m pretty sure if he were referring to a full-blooded Latino child he wouldn’t have made this joke. (And you know what I mean 😉 )

  7. by the way,why is this show back on???? That should be the question. I NEVER found Arsenio funny. Not ever.
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    • nappy headed black girl says:

      Girl, you don’t know how many people I’ve heard say this. I like Arsenio, though. This show isn’t really doing much for me but he has good guests so far.

  8. lala says:

    so …the true question…since when is latina/o a race? there are pplwho check black for race and hispanic/latino for ethnicity. Guess u can be dumb and a famous court jester. Im not surprised to see Arsenio and Magic laughing the only men who love my natural curls are non blacks…sad but true. bye ladies

    • I’m sorry to hear that about men who like your natural hair. I hear that a lot but I’ve had all different types/cultures of men like mine. I hope it’s just where you’re located. Please know there are black men who love your hair just the way it is.

  9. J says:

    For those that don’t know, hispanics are black too. Know your history.

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