ABC Stands by Raven-Symone as Petition Calls for Her Removal From 'The View'

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ABC is standing by Raven-Symone as controversy surrounds The View co-host.
The former That’s So Raven star is under fire after she defended Ben Fields, a police officer who used extreme measures to remove a disruptive high school student.
Last week, an online petition was launched to get the co-host removed from the long-running daytime talk show. Now, the network is coming to her defense.
“We love Raven,” the network told ET. “She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel.”
The Change.com petition, which has gained over 100,000 signatures since launching five days ago, claims the Raven has been “spouting her ignorant and self- hating spiel on the view for long enough.”
“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.”
Earlier this month Symone found herself in the middle of another controversy after she said she wouldn’t hire someone with a “ghetto” sounding name. The actress later apologized admitting her “comments about discrimination have spun out of control."
The comments garnered enough backlash that even her father called addressed the discriminatory comments. "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," Pearman continued. "Even if sometimes..........she says some dumb S#%T!"