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.
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“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."
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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!"