ABC said it will not fire “The View” co-host Raven-Symone after she was accused of “reverse racism” for seemingly supporting the South Carolina police officer who assaulted a 16-year-old African-American girl at Spring Valley High School.
“We love Raven,” ABC said in a statement Nov. 1. “She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel.”
A change.org petition to get Raven fired from “The View” has received more than 132,000 signatures so far, but ABC doesn’t care. ABC would be crazy to fire Symone now, since her controversial comments have garnered more attention for the talk show than it has received in a long time.
Raven-Symone was slammed after commenting on the assault on a teenage girl at Spring Valley High School on the Oct. 27 episode of “The View” (see video).
In the disturbing viral video, Officer Ben Fields is seen grabbing a high school student by her neck and tossing her around the floor. Sources said Fields was called by the school after the student ignored repeated requests from her teacher and the school principal to leave the classroom.
Raven condemned Office Fields’ violent actions and called his reaction inexcusable, but said the girl contributed to the incident by ignoring repeated requests by her teacher, principal and the cop.
The girl was told multiple times to get off the phone. There’s no right or reason for him to be doing this type of harm, that’s ridiculous. But at the same time, you gotta follow the rules in school.
First of all, why are there cell phones 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.”
On Oct. 28, a change.org petition was launched by a 17-year-old girl named Che Scott-Heron, who slammed Raven for being a self-hating reverse racist who only voices opinions that “white people want us to say.” The petition states:
“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.”
The petition continued:
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 an Raven Symone cannot provide that. That is why I ask that we petition to remove her from The View.”
This isn’t the first time Raven-Symone has fueled controversy. In early October, Raven was criticized after saying if she were an employer, she wouldn’t hire someone with an odd name. Symone made the remarks on a segment called “Are You Judged By Your Name?” on “The View.”
“I’m not going to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. That’s just not going to happen,” said Raven. “I’m not going to hire you.”
In 2014, Symone drew criticism after telling Oprah Winfrey she doesn’t consider herself African-American. “I’m an American,” said Symone. “I’m not an African-American.”
When Oprah told Raven her that “black Twitter” was going to hate her for that comment, Symone laughed. “She told me that black Twitter’s going to hate me forever,” said Symone. “She was right.”