Raven-Symone fired? That’s what the signers of a petition are seeking after Raven made a range of highly controversial comments on The View. From what’s being called “reverse racism” to offering up her own take on a lesbian wedding cake conundrum, Symone has become the hot button member of the lively talk show. And while ABC is defending Raven-Symone for now, her fate on a show known for a revolving door of panelists isn’t yet know.
Symone has been accused of everything from being a bad role model for the African American community to defending a police officer who allegedly was too rough with a student. But despite the controversy and the petition, ABC is defending Raven-Symone, reported Us Weekly.
“We love Raven,” insisted ABC. “She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel.”
“African Americans and black people around the diaspora need a voice representative of their views and not a voice representative of what white people want us to say. We need strong black role models in prominent positions on televisions and Raven-Symone cannot provide that,” states the petition.
(Note: Depending on the publication, the former child star’s name is variously spelled Raven-Symone as one hyphenated name or two separate names. The Inquisitr is honoring both variations accordingly.)
What has Raven done to warrant such criticism? Symone’s latest controversy is connected with the situation at Spring Valley High School. A policeman allegedly assaulted a young girl who would not put away her cell phone. Raven-Symone took the side of the policeman, although she also admitted that the assault was too much.
“The girl was told multiple times to get off the phone… you gotta follow the rules in school. First of all, why are there cellphones in school? This shouldn’t even be a problem to begin with, and he shouldn’t have been acting like that on top of it,” added Raven-Symone.
The petition against Raven-Symone, which was sent to Barbara Walters as the creator of The View and executive producer, contained over 125,000 signatures on Sunday, reported NBC-2.
The controversies caused by Raven have multiplied since she started at The View. One particularly incendiary comment from Symone focused on her slam against what she termed “ghetto” names.
“I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It’s just not going to happen,” she stated.
Candace and Raven-Symone disagreed over whether a bakery had the right to decline to concoct a cake for a lesbian wedding. Watch the “Let Them Eat Cake” debate below.
“Raven Symone has been spouting her ignorant and self hating spiel on the view for Long enough, from stating that she wouldn’t hire somebody for having a ghetto name, to openly complaining about reverse racism, the final straw was her comment about the recent viral video of the school police officer assaulting the student,” the petition stated, with additional comments prior to concluding, “That is why I ask that we petition to remove her from The View.”
The 19th season of The View includes Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, Paula Faris, Michelle Collins, Candace Cameron Bure, as well as Raven-Symone.
The former child actress has also created questions about her sexuality on social media in addition to her comments on The View, reported Fox 8.
“I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you,” tweeted Raven-Symone after the legalization of gay marriage.
She subsequently emphasized that she has no current plans to tie the knot.
“I was excited to hear today that more states legalized gay marriage. I, however am not currently getting married, but it is great to know I can now, should I wish to,” added Raven.
But Symone generated more controversy by declining to say that she is gay or African-American, reported the Huffington-Post.
“I don’t want to be labeled ‘gay.’ I want to be labeled ‘a human who loves humans.’….I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American. I’m not an African-American; I’m an American,” emphasized Raven-Symone.
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