Washington, D.C. morning show hosts were the center of laughs on Twitter yesterday. During a segment focusing on the so-called world’s most desirable face, Maureen Umeh and Wisdom Martin unleashed blunt, funny responses.
On Thursday’s episode of Good Day D.C., Black anchors Umeh and Martin joined their white cohorts to discuss London cosmetic facial surgeon Dr. Julian De Silva’s collection of his most requested procedures.
De Silva told the New York Post he surveyed 1,000 patients over 10 years and nine white actresses had the most desirable features. They included Kate Middleton’s “mathematically perfect” nose tip and Miley Cyrus’ smooth, youthful forehead.
Upon learning this on the morning show, Umeh made a puzzled expression complete with an eye roll. Her comrade Martin looked equally amused with a glaring side-eye.
— xii.Sol (@twelveDOTsol) September 1, 2016
Yesterday, Umeh caught wind of the excitement over her segment reaction. Twitter user Alesia Michelle sent her a link to a video causing Umeh to respond accordingly.
OMG! I'm dyin! https://t.co/DAKmqqjYiZ
— Maureen Umeh (@MaureenUmehFox5) September 1, 2016
Martin has not shared his reaction, and Fox 5 has not issued a comment on the candid on-air moment.
The looks on each of the anchor’s faces are not surprising. The impact of European beauty standards across the globe perpetuates the notion that it is the best. And some have used science as proof.
A blog published by evolutionary psychologist Satoshi Kanazawa on Psychology Today deepened the myth. It claimed Black women were objectively less attractive than white women.
“The race differences in the level of testosterone can therefore potentially explain why Black women are less physically attractive than women of other races,” he wrote in 2011.
The website later changed the article’s title from “A Look at the Hard Truths About Human Nature” before removing the piece completely.
Watch the full Good Day D.C. segment below.