Since that explosive interview on Monday’s Victoria Derbyshire show when sacked L’Oréal model Munroe Bergdorf mentioned Cheryl’s assault conviction, the former Girls Aloud star has hit back at the comments made.
It’s quite surprising because Cheryl has been very quiet lately, but she wasn’t happy at being brought up in Munroe’s fiery debate.
Munroe is a black transgender model who was sacked by L’Oréal after writing a Facebook post in which she said “all white people are racist”.
She also appeared on Monday’s Good Morning Britain, where Piers put her on blast, but she said her comment was taken out of context.
On Victoria’s show, Munroe brought up Cheryl because she is also a model for L’Oréal.
Munroe said: “They’ve got Cheryl Cole on the campaign and she was convicted for actively punching a black woman in the face.
“I don’t understand how I’m not ‘in line with their values’ but they will hire Cheryl Cole over and over again and give her more and more chances, but she was convicted for punching a black woman in the face.”
Cheryl has now released a statement saying she was “disappointed” that her name was brought up in the debate.
The statement read: “More than 14 years ago Cheryl was unanimously acquitted of a charge of racially aggravated assault.
“She is disappointed to find her name involved in Munroe Bergdorf’s media interview.”
Meanwhile, Munroe’s appearance on GMB fell on the day that Piers Morgan returned to the show, so unsurprisingly the two got into a heated verbal debate.
Piers said he was personally offended by Munroe’s statement, as he said to her: “I want you to explain why we shouldn’t be offended as white people that ‘all white people are party to social violence’.”
The model replied that her words were taken out of context as it was part of a longer Facebook post.
She explained what she meant by the statement: “Socialisation has placed all white people in a certain privilege, meaning that if you are not dismantling racism or helping to dismantle racism then you are part of the problem, because that makes you complicit.
“You need to actively work with people of colour to put diversity, which [L’Oréal’s] campaign was about, into place. And when L’Oréal fires me for speaking about the origins of racism, that goes completely against what diversity is. The reason we need diversity is because we have racism.”
Piers couldn’t keep quiet as he then questioned: “You don’t think any white people on the planet are doing what you just suggested?”
Munroe replied: “I didn’t say that. I’m talking about a structure that all white people sit on.
“I’m talking about society, I’m not talking about literally every single white person.”