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Dr. This morning’s Zoe Williams opens up on Eamonn Holmes’ hair feedback

Dr. This morning’s Zoe Williams spoke out in response to the backlash against Eamonn Holmes after making comments on her hair earlier this week.

During Thursday’s ITV broadcast, Eamonn spoke to Dr. Zoe, when Eamonn said her hair “reminds me of an alpaca today”.

He then told her. “You just want to stroke it, don’t you? It’s very alpaca-like. “

Shortly thereafter, footage of the exchange was circulated on social media, with many viewers criticizing Eamonn for his inappropriate comments on the hair of a black colleague and suggesting that it was microaggression.

Because of this, MANY black women avoid wearing their natural hair at work … even when zooming in on their own home. Eamonn … disgusting. https://t.co/l8zNtu5PPT

– Omo (@TobiRachel_) August 12, 2021

Eamonn then apologized, and now Dr. Zoe addressed the situation in a long Instagram post.

The doctor noted that she accepted Eamonn’s apology and added that she would like to use this to explain microaggressions.

“(Eamonn) did the right thing by apologizing directly to me,” said Dr. Zoe. “I accepted his apology. What I want to say is that I am aware that his remarks, although meant without malice, have offended people. And if this remark had been made to me by a stranger, I would probably also be offended. “

“I feel torn because on the one hand it pains me to see the abuse that Eamonn has suffered because of it (that’s not okay either) … being ripped off.”

Dr. Zoe continued, “Microgressions are usually subtle comments made against ethnic or culturally marginalized minority groups who communicate derogatory, hostile, or condescending options. The comments can be made with or without malicious intent but are still offensive to the person they are directed at.

“Many people with afro-textured hair, consciously or unconsciously, go to great lengths to feel more accepted and / or avoid comments, judgments, and touch … I straightened my hair for years to adjust before deciding to mine To wear hair naturally. But now my afro is part of my identity and I’m proud to show it. “

Dr. Zoe rounded off her contribution by saying, “It’s okay to do something wrong, we all do that. What comes after the mistake is the most important thing. “

After sharing her answer, Dr. Zoe commended for speaking out on Coronation Street actress Victoria Ekanoye and Strictly Come Dancing winner Ore Oduba.

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