Yesha Callahan

Raven-Symoné Doubles Down on Stupidity: ‘I’m ‘Not Going to Back Down’ From Comments on The View

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Raven-Symoné sees absolutely nothing wrong with her comments about people looking like animals, even if the person is black and the animal they’re being compared to is an ape.

Earlier this week she defended fired Univision host Rodner Figueroa, after he made comments referencing Michelle Obama and Planet of The Apes. During the episode of The View, where she’s been co-hosting for the week, the former Cosby kid seemed to ignore Rosie Perez when she tried to school her on racism in Latin America.

“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 said.

Apparently thinking isn’t something she’s too fond of doing, because she kept on going.

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

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

After feeling the heat from those who vehemently disagreed with her, she’s now clarifying her statements.

Symoné told The Daily Beast why she thinks her comments caused drama.

“I don’t think they heard what I said.” “I did not defend the man. I said that what he said was very distasteful. And I think that the organization is in the right to fire him. And I don’t believe that she looks like a racially charged animal that has been connected to the black community for years and years.”

Actually, she never said anything about being distasteful, if you look at the video again. And she doesn’t plan on changing her views.

“I can’t—I’m not going to back down from what I believe in.” “We should bring up the fact that on Instagram people do that every day. They post one picture of a celebrity and an object or an animal right next to each other. ‘Doesn’t this look like that?’”

“He didn’t understand that that word is hurtful in some communities because of the connotation of it. I understand that. But also I think that there’s some people that look animals. I look like a bird. Everybody’s not racially angry. Calm down.”

Bye, Felicia.

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  1. March 19, 2015 - Reply

    So a comment can be rude, disrespectful or racist, but not all three? I assumed that racist comment, by default, was rude AND disrespectful.

  2. March 19, 2015 - Reply

    So it’s not okay to label her because she wants to be label-less but it’s okay for her to defend a comment in which a host labelled the first lady of the usa as an animal.


  3. March 19, 2015 - Reply

    Raven’s ignorance is an example of why I believe AA parents need to educate their children (and perhaps, themselves) about the racism that makes up this country, as well as, in other “civilizations”. Because if she doesn’t know the background info about Black people (in general) being compared to primates, then I somewhat blame her kinfolk.
    I am in my early thirties and I am at that timeframe where all of my friends and relatives (that are in my age group) are becoming parents…and all of them are going to raise their children (and I have been told this, by the people in question) with the “colorblind” approach.
    And… Yes, all of these folks are Black.
    From their angles, they don’t want any of their offspring to be raised with the mindset that they cannot do anything, because of their skin color and race. Now, how-in the-blue f**k did that come up with that notion, just from the notion of educating their children about Black-American history, I don’t know.
    I’ve given them my honest, bare bones opinion of their actions, but there’s nothing else that I can do about it. They’re not my kids.

    • March 19, 2015 - Reply


      too true. even before they make it out of the wombs, everything about them will be subjected to racism. i used to work for a company that was located in the suburbs. got sick at work & had to be taken to the nearest hospital. doctor comes in & asks me “this doesn’t affect your treatment & you don’t have to answer, but how did you end up at THIS hospital?” there’s no benefit to being color blind especially if those same parents aren’t planning on teaching their kids how to heighten their other senses b/c racism doesn’t just come from white folks, as raven seems to be adament about proving. sometimes it’ll be your own skin-folk that will tear you down b/c your black or make you feel like you’re crazy for pointing out racism or expecting a fair shake. but to purposely pretend like the world is cumbaya & not prepare your kids for the hate that surrounds us is bad parenting. even Jesus warned his disciples about the pitfalls of being hated for who you are, knowing the company you keep, and recognizing how power can make even the most loyal ally turn against you in your time of need. and persecution did not escape him despite all the love he tried to show to everyone, so we need to quit acting like playing along to get along will get us anywhere farther than reality & make sure our children are raised to be savvy enough to make it through the deception & hate.

    • March 19, 2015 - Reply


      Great except for one thing Raven isn’t Black or AA, if there was any doubt about what she as trying to say on Oprah this solidifies it , Her Louisiana roots and “interesting Grade of hair were code words for Creole
      And note she keeps bringing all the white and Indian blood “we gave running through our veins ” which has NOTHING to do with the topic at hand
      This kind of stupidity cannot be fixed and her parents are to be blamed

    • March 19, 2015 - Reply


      What folks need to realize is that high achievement is more likely if a kid has a clear eyed understanding of what the obstacles are, so she can create a strategy to overcome them. The obvious example is Barack Obama, no matter how much he has let me down, I still marvel at the fact that he was able to navigate race and become Presidrnt of the United States.

  4. March 19, 2015 - Reply

    “He didn’t understand that that word [ape] is hurtful in some communities because of the connotation of it.”

    Now that is some BS. Why are so many people apt to believe that America is exceptionally bad in its issues with race relations, and we just need to get like everyone else? Usually its Europeans being given a pass b/c “they don’t think about race the way we do”- even though nobody does racism better than Europeans. You only have to look at the horrible things whites say about Cecile Kyenge (Italy), Christiane Taubira (France), various soccer players, etc., to see how whites openly express their hatred by comparing blacks to apes.

    And all of that racial hatred for blacks that exists in Europe and America exists in Latin America; the same racial stereotypes exist there as well. Latinos have a deep and long documented history of anti-blackness. They even use the term ‘pelo malo’ meaning ‘bad hair’. The show host knew exactly what he was saying when he made the ape comparison and so did Univision…if it wasn’t a well-known and offensive caricature in that part of the world then why would they fire him?

    “New Blackness” must be some kind of self-defense mechanism like Stockholm Syndrome for those who would rather live in blissful denial rather then cope with the fact that they live in a white supremacist (global) society.

    • March 19, 2015 - Reply


      “He didn’t understand that that word [ape] is hurtful in some communities because of the connotation of it.”

      When Rodner Figueroa apologized for his statement regarding FLOTUS, did he say he did not understand the hurt in the comparison? I didn’t see his apology statement so I don’t know what he said.

      • March 19, 2015 - Reply

        @B Cooper

        That quote was from Raven’s interpretation of the situation; Figueroa himself never claimed that he didn’t understand that why the comparison was offensive. His apology was more along the lines of ‘sorry you were offended’.

        • March 20, 2015 - Reply


          Then how the he!! does she know that he didn’t understand…what he was saying/doing?

    • March 20, 2015 - Reply


      Speaking as a non-American, there seems to be this prevailing attitude that racism just isn’t part of the landscape and history of other nations, and it’s damned stupid. It’s everywhere, it just doesn’t make it to the press. Yes, the know the black person-ape comparison in Latin America, yes, the n-word is absolutely part of the racist lexicon in Canada, etc. I don’t understand this need in the States to classify racism as a uniquely American problem. Is it ignorance, self-absorption, or what? Whatever it is, it’s a big pile of incorrect and it’s obscuring perceptions that would otherwise have people held to account for their racist garbage. They know exactly they’re doing.

      • May 11, 2015 - Reply

        @Jo 'Mama' Besser

        I think that it does come off like that but, i think that overall minorities in America know there is racism everywhere. I think when people are addressing their own struggle it doesn’t necessarily mean they are negating someone else’s . One can only speak on their own experiences. That is why it is always important to speak your own truth because, no one can speak it for you. Also, even though racism is in every nation, the racial experience and identities are different to each nationality due to the differences in the nations’ histories. There is a Henry Louis Gates has a great series that he did on Latin American and racial identity. It addresses that exact topic.

  5. March 19, 2015 - Reply

    Another example of how our society has made an assumption that financial success equates intellect!!
    Idiots win the lottery too!!

    • March 19, 2015 - Reply


      Raven just got lucky because Bill Cosby thought she was cute, and he needed another kid to bounce on his knee when “Rudy” got too old.

      • March 19, 2015 - Reply


        Right! No telling what happened there alone could have knocked some screws loose. She’s obviously is severely out of touch with the reality “real” black people live with on a daily basis. Hollywood truly is a soul killer based on the nonsense I see coming from “black” Hollywood. Her and Bill cosby can ride off into a druggy, freaky sunset together for all i care.

        • March 19, 2015 - Reply


          Yet her blackness keep her for having work on TV and movies etc… I wonder what’s her take on that. Finally random rant why do many say Indians and Asians when Indians are indeed Asians lol!

    • May 11, 2015 - Reply


      So true…This girl grew up a millionaire. She grew up in a bubble and out of touch. The best way to deal with her comments is to remember that the person with the closest life experience to her is “Paris Hilton”. I just laugh Raven off and move on.

  6. March 19, 2015 - Reply

    On the last thread, I said Raven Symone was stupid, and it appears that my assessment was correct.

  7. March 19, 2015 - Reply

    Kudos to Rosie Perez for being honest with racism in Latin America. She’s very much in the minority who would speak honestly in a public forum on this issue.

  8. March 19, 2015 - Reply

    How would she define a racist comment if that wasn’t racist? She does realize that comparing black people to monkeys has a long, storied dehumanizing history in this and other colonized countries all based on white supremacy right?

    • March 19, 2015 - Reply


      @Napunzel: No she doesn’t have a clue

  9. March 19, 2015 - Reply

    For a long time, it has been a racist
    epithet. The terminology of describing black people as primates is blatantly
    offensive and racist. Her original statements never mentioned anything about
    his comments being distasteful at all. Her original comments deny that the
    ex-Univision host made racist commentaries about the First Lady. People on
    Instagram have nothing to do with this issue. This issue is about how for too
    long, some people want to mock the beauty of black women and black people in
    general. Brothers and Sisters are tired of it. She has the right to her views
    and people subsequently have the right to disagree with her eloquently. No one said
    that everyone is racially angry, but some people are in denial about how slick
    racism can be.

    Post-racial propaganda is commonly promoted in our generation as
    we enter the year of 2020. We will not calm down when innocent, unarmed black
    people are being murdered in the streets by cops. We will not clam down when
    massive poverty exists in America and all over the world. We will not calm down
    when oppression still flourished throughout the Earth via many different types
    of manifestations. Irish, African, Asian, Indian, and other types of cultures
    have nothing to do with the disrespectful rantings of an ex-host. The truth is
    that some people need to realize what time it is and act accordingly. I have no
    ill will toward Raven Symone. I wish the best for her, but I don’t agree with
    her on this issue. We can’t minimize the situation that we face.

    We have to be
    honest about how far that we have to go in order for us to witness the beloved
    community in which we all desire.

  10. March 19, 2015 - Reply

    So, she is really this stupid. Tragic just tragic. What doesn’t she try to get educated and read a book.

  11. March 19, 2015 - Reply

    It’s obvious her parents didn’t teach her anything. I think because of her child celebrity status they probably didn’t think they had to teach her about racism and white supremacy because she was everybody little darling.

  12. March 20, 2015 - Reply

    Now I see why Keisha Knight Pullium did not keep in tough with her!

  13. March 20, 2015 - Reply

    Someone needs to tell Raven that PePe LePew wants her to stop trying to look like him! Girl looks like a hard-faced skunk with that blond mess going down the middle of her empty head!

  14. March 20, 2015 - Reply

    This young woman is just talking to hear herself. She is ignorant and out of touch with reality.

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