News at Ten presenter Charlene White reveals 'natural hair' criticism

ITV News at Ten host Charlene White reveals she’s had to endure ‘utter nonsense’ from viewers who don’t like her ‘natural hair’ – as she tells them ‘other channels are available’

  • Television presenter took the helm as anchor on ITV’s News at Ten this week
  • Revealed on Twitter that some viewers had made negative comments about White’s ‘natural hair’  
  • The 41-year-old mother-of-two said: ‘To those who’ve expressed utter nonsense about my natural hair, listen very carefully: Other. Channels. Are. Available.’  
  • People responded with a deluge of positive comments, including one who wrote: The lack of + representation of natural Afro textured hair gives some people the audacity to project their insecurities onto others’

ITV News anchor Charlene White has revealed that she’s had to endure negative comments about her ‘natural hair’ this week after hosting the programme.   

The presenter, 41, who stepped in at short notice to read the late evening bulletins this week, revealed to her 50,000 followers on Twitter that she’d been subjected to disparaging remarks about how her hair looked on social media. 

White, who also appears regularly on Loose Women, wrote: ‘Thanks guys for all the lovely comments about my unexpected few days on News At Ten this week! Loved working with the team. 

‘And to those who’ve expressed utter nonsense about my natural hair, listen very carefully: Other. Channels. Are. Available.’ 

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Television presenter Charlene White took the helm as a last-minute anchor on ITV’s News at Ten this week…but told her 50,000 followers on Twitter that people had made negative comments about her ‘natural hair’

The 41-year-old mother-of-two said: ‘To those who’ve expressed utter nonsense about my natural hair, listen very carefully: Other. Channels. Are. Available.’

A deluge of positive comments came in response, with many praising White for wearing her hair naturally.  

@Project_Embrace wrote: ‘The lack of + representation of natural Afro textured hair gives some people the audacity to project their insecurities onto others. 

‘THANK YOU SO MUCH for taking the bold stand to bring your authentic black beautiful self to our screens. You’ve inspired black girls all over.’ 

@LynchLainey added: ‘Charlene, the natural hair look is a good thing. It’s who you are. It belongs to you and not a look to please and get the approval from others.’ 

@patsywright2 added: ‘You’re natural hair rocks! Inspired me to grow mine.’

It isn’t the first time the Loose Women presenter has been targeted on social media. 

Earlier this year, she revealed she’d been hit by a petition that tried to get her fired from ITV, which the person who started it called the ‘Sack the S**g campaign’.

The Loose Women presenter told how she has been targeted by vicious social media users in the past, including some who started a petition to try and get her fired from ITV

Speaking to Love Sunday magazine in May, Charlene said she believes a lot of trolls think she is ‘fair game’ because she is a ‘black woman in the public eye’.

She said: ‘It all came to a head when a member of the EDL [English Defence League] said, “I’ve heard there’s a black girl on ITV that doesn’t wear a poppy” and told his followers to abuse me in any way they could find me.’

Charlene said she received several thousand comments along with the petition to try and get her sacked from ITV, describing the abuse as ‘overwhelming’.

In May, the broadcaster co-hosted a documentary which aired in May called Trevor McDonald & Charlene White: Has George Floyd Changed Britain?

She said: ‘As long as it doesn’t get as bad as that, it’s manageable. But that upset me a lot. It takes a lot to make me cry, but it got to a point where it was really overwhelming and really did make me cry. It’s never been to that particular level since.’

Charlene added she gets online abuse anytime she speaks publicly about race, which she thinks is down to a lack of education.

The broadcaster co-hosted a documentary which aired in May called Trevor McDonald & Charlene White: Has George Floyd Changed Britain?

The show looked at Britain’s response to race in the aftermath of George Floyd’s killing and whether there has been change since.

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