ABC Responds to Petition That Demands Raven-Symoné Be Removed From The View

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ABC Defends Raven-Symone From Petition Drive to Dump ‘The View’ Co-Host.

“We love Raven,” a spokesperson for ABC told E! 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”. News Saturday afternoon. “She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel.” The statement comes in the wake of a Change.org petition addressed to Barbara Walters that asks for the former That’s So Raven star to be removed from her morning show gig. “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,” the petition read. “We need strong black role models in prominent positions on television an Raven Symone cannot provide that.” While co-hosting with fellow co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg, Joy Behar, and the former child star has found herself in the middle of controversy after sharing her opinions. Raven-Symone, a panelist on ABC’s daytime chat show “The View” apologized for her part in a discussion last Thursday about a study on people who make racial assumptions based on names.

There are too many things that she has said on the show to even begin to list, but most recently, there was the whole “Watermelondrea” I-won’t-hire-black-people-with-ghetto-names thing. But as some members of the panel have faced backlash for a variety of topics, the ABC program has continued to describe itself as a show where “real women discuss everyday issues, share their opinions and engage in colorful conversations.” “I definitely have a different lifestyle than a lot of people in this world—good and bad—and my views are different than one might think my views might be because I’ve never really spoken my truth until recently,” she confessed. “Hopefully I can shed some light on what I like to call the truth.” She continued, “Some people might not agree with me and some people will but we know how to talk to each other in a respectful way so that everybody gets their point across and there’s no cutthroat conversation.” Raven Symoné has been seeing a fair deal of backlash over the past few days ever since she seemed to partially excuse the actions of the South Carolina cop who physically confronted a student who wouldn’t obey his instructions. That is why I ask that we petition to remove her from The View.” On Saturday, an ABC spokesperson issued the following statement to The Hollywood Reporter: “We love Raven.

As I wrote back in May, “The View” needed Raven-Symoné because she is controversial (or it could be some sort of bizarre art performance or experiment) which means she’ll bring in viewers. The petition, which has garnered over 100,000 signatures in just three days, calls on Barbara Walters to fire the “Cosby Show” child star from “The View” over remarks she has made that many consider to be offensive to black people. Earlier this week she suggested the Spring Valley High School girl who was thrown to the ground by a school resources officer this week bore responsibility for the arrest and shouldn’t have been on her cell phone in the first place.

As I said previously, for all the controversial things she’s been saying, people are definitely curious about Raven-Symoné, if only to see what kind of wacky shit she’s going to say next. As of last month, “The View,” according to TV by Numbers, posted its largest total in viewers and women 25-54 in over 8 months, beating CBS’ “The Talk,” which had been topping “The View” for almost a year. Mainly because she wasn’t “entertaining.” She’s great in small bites, where she appeared on other shows to give her opinions and analysis, but give her an hour, and it’s a challenge. Don’t like Carson, then, for God’s sake, make sure that you don’t vote for him, and he’ll go away, and also prove to the lie to those clueless white conservatives who love to say that black people will vote for any candidate just because they’re black.

Yes, signing petitions may make you feel good, but in reality, they’re all just another example of “armchair activism” designed to make you feel better, and convince you that you’re making a real positive change, when in reality, it’s not going to do anything at all. But there is a another problem with all these petitions, and that’s basically, in reality, they’re just another form of censorship, which I abhor.

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