Ann Coulter knows how to push buttons, and Coulter’s recent appearance on The View was no different. Raven-Symoné jumped into the fray in order to school Ann about the things Raven’s mom taught Symone. Chiefly, Symone said that lesson included not saying anything at all if there was nothing nice to say. That’s when Coulter proved she was up on the latest The View controversy by quoting Raven’s diss of names — something Raven said wasn’t racist but discriminatory, as seen in the following video from The View. As a result of the melee, Coulter’s response to Raven has caused a firestorm on Twitter to erupt. Both Ann’s diss of Raven and Symone’s original comments about “ghetto-sounding” names like Watermelondrea can be seen in the below videos.
It was during a segment of The View wherein the ladies were discussing a new study that revealed hiring managers can discriminate against potential new employees based upon their names. The View co-host Raven said to replace “racist” with “discriminatory” and then Symoné went on to admit that she wouldn’t hire someone with a “ghetto” sounding name. I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea, Raven said, a fact that prompted a Facebook apology by Raven soon thereafter.
“My comments about discrimination have spun out of control. I’d like to begin by saying that I was not attacking a specific race, but repeating a name that was said in a viral video which has received over 2 million likes.
“I have been denied many jobs because of my skin color, body size, and age. Each time I was rejected, my self esteem was negatively effected, so i empathize with those who feel victimized by what I said. We would hope that when it comes to hiring, our names, physical appearance, sexual orientation, and age would never outweigh our qualifications, but often times, they do, thats the truth and it sucks. But I should not be part of the problem, I should be part of the solution.
“As an equal opportunity employer, I have never discriminated against a name… even though I said I would, it’s not true. My comment was in poor taste. My lack of empathy towards name discrimination was uncalled for. I would also like to say that on Friday my account was hacked, those are not my words.”
The fact that the Coulter effectively shut Raven up on The View, as reported by the Wrap, is bringing Coulter’s name to the forefront once again. However, Ann claims that, unlike Raven, Coulter was pushing hot buttons when it came to politics and policy-setting, not in terms of speaking about the names of folks. Expect journalists to begin digging throughout Ann’s rhetoric to look for any mention of urban names.
The fact that Coulter claimed to be Native American on The View, as reported by Salon, because Ann said that she’s one of the original settlers of America and not an illegal immigrant, isn’t sitting well with folks. Coulter is known to push buttons and a far-right agenda, such as in books like Godless, wherein Ann wrote that liberalism was its own agenda, religion, and belief system. Coulter’s radical message and what some say is a sexy way of dressing has made Ann the darling of the Republican Party in some circles. As for Raven-Symone, who starred as darling little Olivia of The Cosby Show, has made a name for herself as several of her statements made on The View have gone viral online ever since Raven joined the controversial daytime talk show.
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