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People are too through with Miss Raven-Symoné. After her comments about not wanting to hire people with ethnic names, and her more recent statement about the teen assaulted by an officer at Spring Valley High School, the public has had enough.
Wednesday, Che Scott-Heron of London started a petition urging Barbara Walters to cut the former child star from The View’s panel. Her petition reads:
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, where Raven Symone said “get off your phone in school then.”
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 television and Raven Symone cannot provide that. That is why I ask that we petition to remove her from “The View.”
Within 24 hours, the petition attracted 48,788 signatures. While we highly doubt Raven will be fired behind this petition alone, it may be enough for producers over at ABC to take notice.
Here’s the link to the petition—in case your interested in signing.
Celebrities with unpopular opinions are nothing new, but the recent batch of celebrity opinions are enough to leave one aghast. Speaking completely out of turn on issues of race, sexual orientation, and gender, some stars just need to have a tall glass of shut the hell up. Check out 15 celebs who need their vocal cords snatched.
I hate to say it, but it took us living through the daytime talk show Hell that is Raven-Symoné and Whoopi Goldberg for us to really appreciate Star Jones.
Actually, I don’t hate to say it because truthfully, Star Jones wasn’t even that bad.
Okay, like many of you, there were times when I found Jones a bit annoying. I admit that her constant name dropping and credential-waving, as well as her constant bragging about her lavish lifestyle, got on my last nerves too. And yes, at times she came off as a bit too opportunistic and self-absorbed. Especially the way that she shamelessly sold parts of her nuptials to the highest bidder. Although I don’t think there is anything wrong with taking the most advantage of systems that are definitely, and unequivocally, taking advantage of you, something about it all was pretty tacky.
But (and I could be wrong here) I don’t recall a single moment during her tenure on “The View,” where she acted both maliciously and antagonistically towards folks, particularly Black people. And in an era of the show where we got Symoné the wildly-colored Toucan bragging about discriminating against other Blacks, and Whoopi up there looking like an old-timey self-hating Negro in general, that sort of race consciousness means a whole heck of a lot.
And while I don’t want to go too far down the conspiracy theory rabbit hole here, I do wonder about what was really behind Jones’ abrupt departure from the long-running talk show? Was it really about her slipping ratings or the fact that Jones wasn’t about to shade Black people for the entertainment of White folks?
If I had to go by the receptors on my tin foil hat, I would say it was the latter.
Think about it: “The View” has been on some politically regressive mess for some time now. Long gone are the days when the very smart Meredith Vieira, the very witty Joy Behar and the very accomplished Jones banded together to tell the very dim-witted Debbie Matenopoulos to permanently sit down and read a book (she was ultimately replaced by the very brilliant Lisa Ling).
Back then it was made clear that “The View” would be a show for smart women and that its format would center around news as much as it would about gossip. But with each new drop in the ratings (because at the end of the day, folks don’t like listening to smart women) came a departure. First Ling. Then Jones and Behar. And in order to keep the show afloat, the producers decided to shift focus from news items to round-table debates about “hot topics.”
Then we started seeing things like Barbara Walters who is the show’s matriarch, giving a rabid defense of Woody Allen against long-standing charges of sexual abuse against minors. And Sherri Shepherd sitting in confusion over if the world is round or flat. And most of the ridiculous things, which have come out of Elisabeth Hasselbeck’s mouth.
In short, these women sounded dumb. I don’t know for sure which demographics the producers of the show were looking to attract after a while, but if I had to guess, it would be the real housewives of White supremacy. Basically, any woman who did not seek to challenge the White supremacist capitalistic patriarchy power structure.
And that is likely why Jones had to go.
As much as folks dislike her personally, what we disliked Jones for had little do with her political opinions. In fact, when it came to discussions around race and even class, Jones was pretty left of center. And in a culture that only wants to remember her as the host who lied about her weight loss and talked too much about herself and her wedding (a narrative put out there by the show’s matriarch), Jones does not get a lot of credit for the ways in which she acted righteously.
This is not to say that Jones was always right. How could we forget the moment when she trashed Anderson Cooper’s coming out moment as an attempt to grab ratings. But Jones understood how racism worked in America and she wasn’t about to apologize nor make excuses for it.
God, I miss those days…
Raven-Symoné probably should have taken a week off from work after she was mercilessly dragged last week for her comments about not wanting to hire people with black-sounding names. However, the actress continued to show up at ABC Studios each day with her head held high. She almost made it through the week, and the excitement surrounding her comments was just beginning to die down, but then, Ann Coulter made a Friday morning appearance on “The View”.
During Coulter’s segment, the panelists questioned her about her book, Adios, America: The Left’s Plan to Turn Our Country into a Third World Hellhole and her ridiculous views on immigration. Raven attempted to join in on the fun, but things quickly went sour for her.
“I have a question,” Raven interrupted Ann. “My mom taught me when I was young that if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. And why do you think that it’s important to mudsling and have these words that obviously touch the hearts and souls of so many people of America being said when we’re taught something different as a child. Could you explain that to me and why you think your success is based off of that?”
Noticing the irony in Raven’s statement, Ann didn’t miss a beat.
“I’m at least talking about policy. You have a position on what people’s names should be. Watermelondrea…you’ll insult people for their names. I’m talking about a government policy that affects all Americans and immigrants and the people living here and is harming our country. So you don’t follow it.”
Raven tried to further argue her point, but she thought better and decided to shut that mouth. As one tweeter so eloquently put it, “Damn even Ann Coulter read your a-s @ravensymone the ancestors have truly deserted you.”
For your viewing pleasure.
— crissle (@crissles) October 16, 2015
When your own Daddy comes forward to say you’re talking out the side of your neck, you know you owe the world an apology.
After her ridiculous comments on “The View,” in which Raven Symoné said she would absolutely discriminate against someone with a “ghetto name,” refusing to hire them, she’s doing a bit of backpedaling.
The former child star took to Facebook to share her thoughts.
I don’t know about you all, but this apology means absolutely nothing to me. As a Black woman who’s been discriminated against, and as a Black women who looked exactly like someone named Watermelondrea, Raven is just too old not to know and do better. Stereotypes and discriminatory practices that disenfranchise Black people are neither cute nor funny.
I’ve said it time and time again, Raven is trolling.
The only time “The View” gets this much attention is when she says something off the wall and racially charged. She’s not slick and neither is the network. While she sparks plenty of internet conversations, I can only hope that her antics aren’t resulting in actual views for the show, because it’s about time they wrap it up.
What do you think about Raven’s apology?
If, for the past year, you’ve been wondering what Raven-Symoné’s parents think about her weekly antics, wonder no more. Today, “The View” co-host’s father, Christopher B. Pearman, wrote an open letter on Facebook letting everyone know just how he feels about the “dumb s#%t” his daughter says sometimes after the Internet refuses to forgive comments she made Friday about not hiring Black people with “ghetto” names. He wrote:
To My Dear Friends,
There has been much talk today about my daughters comments on her show The View. People have been hitting me up all night questioning me about her remarks. Let me say this……I haven’t managed Ravens career in over 10 years. This woman is grown, has her own management team, has her own opinions, right or wrong, and is responsible for her own words and actions. A woman wrote to me tonight and said she couldn’t support my book because of the words of my daughter. What she fails to realize is that my book is about teaching your child to believe and achieve. Raven has achieved incredible success, and this cannot be denied!
Children grow up and become influenced by many things, situations and people. I certainly don’t agree with what she said….but she is damn near thirty years old. She’s a grown a** woman making grown a** mistakes. We all have been guilty of this.
I did my best as her father, mentor and career manager. I believe I did a Wonderful job. Aside from this inexcusable gaffe, her 29 years in the entertainment industry has been quite successful, for there have been only an Elite Few Child Stars to last this long and have little to no controversy. For this, I am Very Proud!
Raven is a really Beautiful, Sweethearted, Human Being.I should know. Her Mother and I Love her Very much and will always support her and have her back. Even if sometimes……….she says some dumb S#%T!
To see Raven and our families story go to:
Anyone with a name that even remotely speaks to their African roots has probably wondered at one time or another if hiring managers toss their résumés based solely on the fact that they’re Black. Unfortunately, a recent study published in the Journal of Evolution and Human Behavior found that many Americans do make racist assumptions based on people’s names. On Thursday, the women of “The View” shared their opinions on the study, and of course, the show’s resident troll Raven-Symoné had the most to say on the subject.
“Just to bring it back, can we take back ‘racist’ and say ‘discriminatory,’ because I think that’s a better word. And I am very discriminatory against words like the ones that they were saying in the video. I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It’s just not going to happen. I’m not going to hire you.”
In other words, if your mom decided to name you Shaniqua or DaQuan, you don’t deserve to be gainfully employed because a decision that your parents likely made before you even took your first breath tells employers everything that they need to know about your work ethic and capabilities.
Thankfully, someone on the panel had enough sense to point out that there’s probably not a single person walking this earth who had control over what their parents decided to name them. But of course, it went right over Raven’s head.
“Is that mean?” she asked as if she found the entire conversation to be hilarious.
I’m sorry, what?
Ma’am, let me remind you as you’re perched at ABC’s roundtable week after week that had God not blessed you with a successful career in entertainment, there’s a good chance that you would be out here applying to nine-to-five gigs like the rest of us. And let me assure you that if a hiring manager as biased as yourself came across your résumé with Raven-Symoné Pearman plastered across the top of it, there’s a good chance that you wouldn’t be hired, or even called in to interview, either.
You’d think someone from “every continent in Africa” would know better.
Raven-Symoné depicted Black girls as relatable, hilarious and intelligent when she starred in shows like That’s So Raven and Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper as a young girl; however, after her recent reemergence many have come to see just what a great actress she was as her personal identity and provocative points of views increasingly come into question.
Now one can forget how Raven told Oprah on OWN’s Where Are They Now? she doesn’t believe in labels or classify herself as African American and it’s almost become a weekly occurrence for the former child star to publicly side with those who mock or disenfranchise Black people on The View.
Because her statements often incite frenzy among Black Twitter, Britt Julious of VICE’s women’s channel Broadly decided to delve more deeply into the psyche of the 29 year old. In a recent feature, she asked Raven a series of questions most of us have been searching for answers to during the past year, not the least of which is simply: “Who are you?”
Check out the highlights below:
On her Flagrant Commentary
“I’ve been acting in the industry since I was three years [old] and singing and dancing and performing and entertaining everybody else, I was kind of tired of just being that puppet for everyone else.”
Her Child-Star Experience
“I’ll be in a meeting, and my agents and lawyers will be like, ‘Well this is what Raven’s like and this is what Raven’s like.’ Then I’m like, ‘Oh my goodness. I don’t even get to speak?’I learned how to have a conversation obviously because, as a young person in the industry, normally you’re talked about in front of yourself. People don’t really think that being in the acting and TV industry is stressful a lot of times because you only see the glitz and glamour. I’ve been in it since I was three and it is stressful.”
What She Did During Her Acting Hiatus
“[Art] school has really helped me remember that I’m a human. I’m not just a brand. I’m not just someone’s contractual obligation. This is my life, and I want to do something with it.”
Her Reaction To The Public Being Offended By Her
“My opinion is my opinion, and I’m not trying to pretend like repping every single group that you might label me under because I might not have the same views. Hopefully [The View] will help people that are watching me over the years grow up with me in a real-time type of fashion.”
Has it helped you?
Raven-Symoné Recalls Being Body-Shamed On “Cosby Show” Set: “You Can’t Eat That! You’re Getting Fat!”
Body-shaming is never okay, but I imagine that it takes a particularly cruel or ignorant human being to demonstrate this sort of behavior towards a child.
During Tuesday’s taping of “The View,” Raven-Symoné revealed that she encountered her first fat-shamer at age seven on the set of “The Cosby Show,” of all places.
“It was definitely hard,” the 29-year-old shared. “I remember not being able to have the bagel or anything at – we would call it crafty, where it’s just a table of food, ready for you to eat whatever you want. And I remember people would be like, ‘You can’t eat that. You’re getting fat!’ I’m like, ‘I’m 7! I’m hungry!'”
While she wouldn’t disclose the identity of said shamer, she did explain that those comments remained with her for much of her career.
“I’m not going to put them on blast, but that’s what I was told at that young of an age,” she said. “Even up until I got up to 180 lbs. on ‘That’s So Raven,’ you put nasty stuff in front of me, or you put images of these women that I’ll never aspire to, of course, I’m going to get depressed.”
The actress-turned-TV-host went on to explain that food isn’t the only factor that contributes to weight gain.
“It’s more than just the food – it’s what’s in the food, and it’s your cortisol level and it’s your serotonin level,” she reasoned. “That has a really strong effect on your body type.”
Thankfully, people seem to be a bit more aware these days. Hopefully, Raven’s story will encourage some adults to select their words carefully when speaking to a child about his or her weight.
Just in case you thought with age came wisdom, when it comes to Raven-Symone nine month’s time is not enough to see the light. The newest addition to “The View” recently sat down with People magazine and when they asked if her thoughts have changed at all after she “set Twitter on fire” last year when she told Oprah she’s not African American, she basically told the mag not in the least.
“I don’t like labels, but everyone needs them to understand what is going on,” she said. “So, okay, I get it. Give me ‘American.’ There is nothing wrong with being an American, purely.”
“I think that there are a lot of different races that fall under ‘American,’ so past that you really just are sub-categorizing me over and over again. I’m not disowning my history in any way. My family has been here for almost 400 years. We’re American.”
OK, we get it. She really hates labels. Thus far, though, the former Cosby kid only seems to have an issue when labels are applied to her. When it comes to how other people choose to define themselves racially she doesn’t really care.
“This is me and what I feel about myself. But if you identify as African-American, then you’re African-American,” she told People. “What right do I have to tell you what you are and what you’re not?”
While making her stance on race classification very clear, Raven-Symone went ahead and drove her point home about her sexuality as well, with a friendly reminder that she’s not “gay,” but a “human who loves humans.”