On Thursday morning, UK TV Host Eamonn Holmes told Dr. Zoe Williams live—on air— that her hair reminded him of an alpaca.
He continued to say “You just want to pet it, don’t you? It’s very alpaca-ish.”
You could tell from the clip that Dr. Williams was a bit uneasy as she lightly touched her hair and tried to make light of the situation.
She laughed and told Eamonn: “Don’t touch my hair!”
Watch the moment below:
🚨 | NEW: Eamonn Holmes tells woman her hair “reminds him of an alpaca”
— News For All (@NewsForAllUK) August 12, 2021
According to Yahoo Holmes didn’t think anything of his comments until a clip of the show’s segment circulated online and people called him out for his ignorance.
One person on Twitter posted, “Just a normal day on @ITV and @ThisMorning with Eamonn Holmes telling a woman of colour her hair ‘reminds him of an alpaca’. Nothing to see here.”
Tobi Rachel of Tyla wrote, “This is why MANY black women avoid wearing their natural hair to work…even on Zoom in the comforts of their own home. Eamonn… disgusting.”
Another user tweeted, “Eamonn Holmes is a known racist. This is not his first attempt at humiliating a Black or WOC on national television.
He referred to a certain American Duchess as ‘uppity,’ smh. #dearwhitepeople don’t be like Eamonn and leave Black women (and their hair) TF alone. This is not okay.”
As the backlash began to heat up Eamonn posted this apology:
Hey everyone out there. if my attempt at being humorous with my friend
@DrZoeWilliams was misjudged I am mortified and humbly apologise to anyone who was offended.
Hey everyone out there. if my attempt at being humorous with my friend @DrZoeWilliams was misjudged I am mortified and humbly apologise to anyone who was offended.
— Eamonn Holmes (@EamonnHolmes) August 12, 2021
Twitter wanted nothing to do with his apology.
One user pointed out:
What’s wrong with a straight forward ‘I’m sorry’ instead of blaming others and phrasing this as if people are being too sensitive. You’re not sorry you just want people to leave you alone
— UBroughtTheSunshine🍋🍋🍋 (@EvaEvansshine2) August 12, 2021
This isn’t your first rodeo at these types of “jokes,” mate. You called a black woman uppity, sir. There’s a pattern and it’s not a good look. 🤷🏽♂️
— Dre. (@Aboutdre3) August 12, 2021
No excuses, with your silly comment, you just open the doors of racism even further.
— Lucinha carvalho 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷 (@MomentoPretinha) August 12, 2021
Dr. Zoe Williams has not responded to any of the backlash.