I knew we needed to start a prayer circle for Raven-Symone when she carried her behind on OWN and told Oprah Winfrey she wasn't African American. Since that time, the once beloved child star has continued to say one dumb thing after another on ABC Daytime's The View.
Last week on The View, Raven, rocking a red mohawk that recalled Foghorn Leghorn, said she would discriminate as an employer based on a person's name. Said Raven:
“Just to bring it back, can we take back ‘racist’ and say ‘discriminatory,’ because I think that’s a better word,” she said during the show. “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.”
Of course, Black Twitter came for her. So did her own father.
Said Christopher B. Pearman in an open letter on Facebook:
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!
In Raven's defense, dumb is the new black when it comes to The View this season. Her co-hosts, Joy Behar and Michelle Collins, recently had to do mea culpas after insulting the entire nursing profession. Now it's Raven's turn to do Cersei Lannister's walk of shame through the streets of Westeros. Here's what she posted on Facebook:
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.