Tika Sumpter Reacts to Chimamanda Adichie's Controversial Claims About Michelle Obama's Natural Hair

Tika Sumpter Reacts to Chimamanda Adichie's Controversial Claims About Michelle Obama's Natural Hair

The actress firmly says how she felt.

Published August 26th

Tika Sumpter and Parker Sawyers are set to bring the Obamas' love story to life on the big screen, playing First Lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama, respectively, in the film Southside With You.

Playing such a dynamic first family is no cake walk, but these two did them justice, especially aesthetically. So, when Tika was asked about famed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's comments where she concluded that President Obama would not have been elected if the FLOTUS rocked her natural hair, her comments were just.

"You can have natural hair and still blow it out and it'll be straight," she started saying. "I've had hair where it looked permed but it wasn't. It was in my natural state but I just blew it out. I don't know. I mean... What does that mean?"

Parker interjected, saying just the fact that they earned their spot in the White House as an African-American family is proof enough that nothing else matters.

"I would say that Barack Hussein Obama... Who thought he could be president?" he said. "Then who thought a Black family would be in the White House anyway? No offense to the author, but I think he still would've been elected."

"I don't know if I can even answer that question," Tika added. "I think the character of these two would've shined through regardless, natural hair or not. I don't really know. I mean, I understand what she's saying, but I don't really know about that. That's a pretty intense statement because you're basing an outside characteristic on the character of the human being."

Southside With You hits theaters today!

See what else both stars had to say on the subject and how they personally tackled their roles as FLOTUS and POTUS in the BET video above.

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Written by Moriba Cummings

(Photo: Jesse Grant/Getty Images for NAACP Image Awards)

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