Yesha Callahan

Raven Symoné Defends Univision Host Who Compared Michelle Obama to an Ape: ‘Some People Just Look Like Animals’

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Remember last week when Rodner Figueroa was fired from Univision after comparing Michelle Obama to an ape from Planet of the Apes?

It’ll probably go down as the one moment in his career he wished never happened.

Surprisingly, he has a supporter in the form of Raven ‘New Black’ Symoné.

This woman had the nerve to defend Rodner and state that maybe he isn’t racist, during a recent co-hosting stint on The View.

Watch the video to see Rosie Perez school the panel on how racist her fellow Latinos can be:

Once Perez was done preaching and teaching, Symoné thought she’d add her  .01 cent.

“But was he saying it racist like? Because he said he voted for her later. And I don’t think he was saying it racist,” Symoné stated.

Girl, bye.

And then she continued to embarrass herself.

“Not Michelle Obama. Michelle, don’t fire me from this right now, but some people do look like animals,” Symoné joked.

“So can I be mad if someone called me Toucan Sam?” Symoné asked.

Girl, bye…again.

Every time a “New Black” opens their mouths and talks about racism, not only does an angel loses its wing, Rosa Parks  and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. roll over in their graves.

Image Credit: ABC/YouTube Screenshot

  1. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    I can’t with this woman anymore.

    • March 17, 2015 - Reply


      “The View” needs to stop inviting her to guest host.

  2. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    Ugh, raven just shut the helle up if you have nothing to add to the subject. What happen to “no comment ” no one says that anymore.

  3. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    Being compared to almost any animal would be considered an insult. There is no negative racial history in this country regarding toucans, so that point is completely and utterly worthless. Raven knows what the Univision host meant, and by playing dumb Raven has ensured that she will not be invited to any White House functions in the near future. I see why Lee Daniels hired her. She appears to have similar views to Lee’s on race.

    This is one of the dangers of growing up in the entertainment business and not interacting with real life on a daily basis. It seems as if Will Smith’s kids on currently on a similar path. They are spouting out things that they never experienced. At the end of the day, First Lady Obama and President Obama both were previously normal, hard working people who had to come up the rough side of the mountain. When you grow up in Hollywood with a cushy, high paying job where you don’t have to deal with high school bullies and don’t have to deal with corporate America’s bullies, it apparently damages one’s intelligence.

    If the Univision host had something something that was considered homophobic, then Raven probably would have used her juice in the entertainment business to stall his career.

    Here is another example of someone who appears to identify as LGBT first, and African American second.

    Oh right, Raven said that she doesn’t want to be considered African American…..

    • March 17, 2015 - Reply


      Great point.

      If the Univision host said a homophobic slur or stereotype about the LGBT community (and the host afterwards said that it was in good natured “humor”), then Raven would be screaming from the rooftops.

      • March 17, 2015 - Reply

        Truthseeker you know it…and if anyone said anything about Jewish people all hell would have broken loose. The so-called new “Black” are full of it.

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      • March 17, 2015 - Reply

        you got that right cause that’s who she cast her lot with!

      • March 20, 2015 - Reply

        Nah, she would not run screaming because she does not categorize herself as LGBTQIA. She refuses to be put in a category. LOL.

        She might self identify as xyx but perception is whole ‘nother ball of wax. For the record, she’s an idiot. Right up there with Lee Daniels (with his reverse racism comment), Kanye, Pharell, Common…Conscious people should not support any of these idiots. Keep your money in your pocket.

        • March 20, 2015 - Reply


          She certainly needs to wake up concretely on many issues. She needs to understand that racism can be subtle not just overt. One book that talks about this issue in great terms is entitled, “A Hip Hop Activist Speaks on Social Issues” by Solon W.F. Comissiong. The books shows hard hitting facts on how the world is and it gives people advice and solutions to problems. As the old saying goes, we shouldn’t support those who doesn’t support us. That truism is relevant back then and today. We should use our money and resources wisely excluding support for those who won’t support our interests.

  4. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    No this b*tch didn’t…
    I’m officially done with Raven now.

    • March 17, 2015 - Reply


      Did you see her face when Rosie Perez was trying to explain the racism in Latina community like Sean Hamity/Bill Oreilly level of disdain
      Soooooh Dun with Her

      • March 17, 2015 - Reply


        Rosie broke it DOWN. Loved that.

  5. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    it was literally on the legal books for centuries that we were what 1/5 human. Comparing us to animals is connected to a very painful past. I was trying to give Raven the benefit of the doubt when she said she was not African-American but this is too far. Further proof that being a child star is dangerous for your brain cells. This is a woman who has never been exposed to “real life” and “real life” issues apparently. She is a dimwit. Unfortunate. I guess Janet Jackson is the only normal former child star (I hope). Brooke Shields seems normal too. That’s it.

    • March 17, 2015 - Reply


      Regina King seems very normal. I haven’t heard her views on current issues, though.

      • March 17, 2015 - Reply


        Oh yes, forgot about Regina! Brandy for the most part too.

      • March 17, 2015 - Reply


        I love Regina King’s acting and work ethic. She is a gifted actress and she is conscious on issues.

  6. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    As I listened to Rosie Perez expose the racism of the Latino

  7. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    Raven Symone is stupid. It’s just that simple. She is someone I will ignore from now on.

    • March 17, 2015 - Reply


      Her parents and the education system of this Society have failed her and the entire younger generation coming up…

      • March 18, 2015 - Reply

        @elle D.

        That’s just it. She probably never received a standard education. She probably had on set tutors since she was kindergarten aged. It really takes a toll on common sense…..

        • March 18, 2015 - Reply


          True but I have to wonder what anybody is teaching these days…

  8. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    Rosie Perez knows what she is talking about. We know the racism is found in some (not all) Latino people. Rosie Perez broke it down perfectly. There are many Latinos with a lot of black African heritage. I know about the Afro-Latinos and other people who are black just like black Americans. It is important to know that many Afro-Latinos are progressive activists who fighting for the liberation of black people. So, I want to make that perfectly clear.

    Raven Symone is 2 years older than me and she should know better. Many of the “New blacks” want to ignore how subtle and slick racism can be. First Lady Michelle Obama never deserved to be disrespected in that fashion and that is why the host was fired. The comment was racist and stupid point blank period. It is a shame that the First Lady of this country has been slandered not only by the Univision host, but from other people who are evil. Raven Symone, Lee Daniels, Don Lemon, and these New “Blacks” have similar views on race and we have the right to disagree with them. Raven Symone doesn’t want to be called African American, which is her right. Yet, I have the right to call myself an AFRICAN AMERICAN AND a BLACK AMERICAN ALL DAY EVERY SINGLE DAY WITHOUT APOLOGY. I hope that Raven Symone embraces more progressive, revolutionary views on race. We all want her to grow and wake up, but we do have the right to disagree with her on some issues.

    Calling black people as similar to a science fiction movie about apes has been a known racist tactic. We, as black people, should never put up with this. Regardless of our ideological views, one thing that we should never put up with is when the First Lady is disrespected.

    • March 17, 2015 - Reply

      Off topic to say you are 2 years younger than Raven Symone you have the maturity of someone twice your age.

      • March 17, 2015 - Reply


        Thank you. That’s very great of you. Actually, I’m 2 years older than Raven Symone. I was taught by amazing black people.

        • March 17, 2015 - Reply

          That’s why I love your comments, truth. There are some very great comments on these boards from so many people.

          • March 17, 2015 - Reply


            Thank you Sister. You have shown great comments as well. We all know unsung heroes in our lives. These unsung heroes inspire us every single day. As you have said before, we need the recrudescence of the Black is Beautiful vibe in a higher level in our generation. We won many battles as a people, but in the end, we will win the war. The victory a’int going to come easy, but the victory will come.

      • March 17, 2015 - Reply


        I was about to say the same thing. Truth has so much wisdom. 🙂

        • March 17, 2015 - Reply


          Thank you Sister ALM247 🙂

          Usually on Tuesdays, my mind goes into overdrive. LOL.

      • March 17, 2015 - Reply


        You are so right about that, Ajavee.

    • March 18, 2015 - Reply

      Exactly brother truth! Raven Simone is more likely to be called an Ape, rather than a bird. What will she say then? Will she say “Oooh, Ooh, Ah, Ah!” and then walk away? Raven Simone was a potential role model. She had a big influence in the hearts of Americans of all races and cultural. It is said to see that she uses her position to promote this cancerous thought process.

      • March 18, 2015 - Reply

        @John Henry

        Hello Brother John Henry.

        It is indeed a shame that she is using her fame to defend a person disrespecting the physical appearance of an intelligent and beautiful black woman. If Raven was called an ape to her face, then she would angry (and rightfully so). Post racial propaganda can never free us. Only standing up for truth, respecting our people, and using real action can.

      • March 18, 2015 - Reply

        @John Henry

        When she said that she didn’t want to be known as African American, that was the first clue that something was amiss.

  9. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    Much love and respect for Rosie Perez. She said openly what many prefer to sweep under the rug when it came to race and the Latino community.

  10. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    Preach, Rosie! I’m glad she aired Latinos’ dirty laundry. I’m sure she has experienced the colorism herself, so good for her for calling it out so adamantly.

    Raven is proof-positive that all my skin-folk ain’t kinfolk. I will never support anything she does ever again.

  11. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    OK. Sooo… Apes, monkeys, those are typically a racists first choice of insults. After the “N” word. Of course. Correct? She finds nothing demeaning, denigrating, or insulting about that? But, because he voted for her husband it makes him non racist. Sigh. My grandmother was Cuban. A country with one of the worst color complex issues. Rosie Perez is absolutely right. I wouldn’t be surprised if back in the days she heard the phrase “pelo malo”. I need Raven to educate herself.

    • March 17, 2015 - Reply


      That’s the issue. A lot of these rich African Americans don’t think that they need an education.

      • March 17, 2015 - Reply


        So I see. Then they get on TV being “New Black” on TV and make ignorant statements…

    • March 20, 2015 - Reply


      Allegedly Cubans don’t have a race issue. LOL. I just can’t. We know most Latinos strain to identify as white even if they clearly don’t look it ONE IOTA. They don’t claim black or even mestizo. Talk about overt and rampant self hate and no knowledge of what Columbus and other did.

  12. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    I am so done with her, just too damn through. She really is messed the hell up. Something is very wrong with her.

  13. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    Hope this idiot gets roasted again in social media

  14. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    Much respect to Rosie Perez

  15. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    That’s so Raven.

  16. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    When we used to see her as cute little Olivia on The Cosby Show who knew she would turn out to be such an idiot. Maybe she is just really sheltered and just doesn’t get what racism and misogyny are about, She is just clueless about many things.

    • March 18, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      It has to be the fact that her third birthday was at Disneyland and they shut down the park so that all of the characters could entertain her. Sheltered. Spoiled. On the ONLY Black show that white people ever accepted.

    • March 18, 2015 - Reply

      @Mary Burrell

      I don’t think she is sheltered. I think that she has been wealthy so long that she does not care.

  17. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    The people who want to destroy the black community will not need to lift a finger. Black people might do it all by ourselves. Whenever there’s a racist act against a person of color, best believe that there will be some black person bending over backwards to explain why it wasn’t racist. We really need to wake up.

  18. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    Man there are racist in all racial groups. Racist Asian people are the worst, I have had friends and girlfriends from all racial backgrounds but I have found that most of them have sly comments here and there about certain groups. But Latinos, from my experience as a black man, have been the most welcoming out of the bunch. The only time I’ve ever experienced heavy “hate” or “racist remarks” were from Asians. I’ve had country rednecks treat me better than Asians. Maybe it was because they didn’t want their daughters dating me. But still. Regardless, to stereotype a majority would be wrong.

  19. March 17, 2015 - Reply

    I’m surprised it wasn’t Whoopi who was defending him. Respect to Rosie Perez, Raven wanders lost.

    I kind of have to see what’s going on at Latina, that is, if they have the guts to make a post about this display.

  20. March 18, 2015 - Reply

    Raven Symoné she is so funny

  21. March 19, 2015 - Reply

    “So can I be mad if someone called me Toucan Sam?” Symoné asked. toucan sam was the official mascot for the cereal fruit loops.

  22. March 22, 2015 - Reply

    It appears the more Raven Symone struggles to show that

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