underwood & Kardashian

*Last week, the ladies of “The Talk” decided to encourage young women to take off their clothes and share nude selfies on social media – in support of Kim Kardashian’s selfie-gate.

When Kim posted this pic on Instagram, it sparked conversation, criticism and praise from many, including Sharon Osbourne, who believes it to be empowering for women to share personal nude images with the rest of the world.

During the discussion co-host Sheryl Underwood became teary-eyed when it was revealed that she decided not to post online the nude photo of herself that she initially taken in support of Osbourne’s selfie-gate praise of Kardashian.

Underwood explained:

“While I am not ashamed of my body in any way and while I love my brown skin to death. I hope that one day those pictures can come out for me as an individual woman who loves my curves and loves who I am. I thank Kim Kardashian for doing something so big that SHE may not even understand the discussion that she has truly started. But, I also have a responsibility to young women all over this country that may misunderstand me showing my body as some sexualized exercise in commerce and not empowering me to be 185 pounds and voluptuous and dark-skinned and sexy and desirable. The reason I’m about to cry is because, I fought hard to get here, but now I make choices for not just for myself, but for my race, for my people and for women. I want to be able to show that there is another standard of beauty.”

Editorial Note: While I applaud Sheryl’s decision, it’s shameful that she felt compelled to offer up a teary-eyed apology for choosing not to be a hoe. Why do women feel it’s empowering to show strangers their nude body, or even a hint of it? I’m no prude. I believe women can dress sexy and keep it classy. I simply fail to see why Kim Kardashian needs support from critics? I also fail to see what Kim did that was “so big,” Sheryl needs to be in tears over this mess?

Seriously, ladies of “The Talk,” the madness must come to an end.

#NeverForget… Kim Kardashian continues to profit by offering her nude image and sacrificing her soul for mass consumption. Meanwhile, young girls who emulate her endure what could potentially be a lifetime of ridicule and embarrassment.

Hell, America just awarded Erin Andrews $55 million because of the embarrassment she suffered after images of her nude body appeared online. Erin should send a memo to Sharon and the ladies of “The Talk” that reads:

P.S. Being naked on the Internet does not feel as empowering as you would like women to believe.

Young black girls especially are not likely to get a gaming app in their likeness if they follow Kim K’s road to success. But what do I know? Perhaps the day will come when society rewards black girls for making sex tapes, having multiple husbands and posting nude selfies online.

Watch Sheryl: