The Twitter mob came out Friday to take down Raven-Symoné. The former Disney star said she wouldn’t hire someone based off her name, like if it were Watermelondrea. She was soon accused of being racist, especially since she asked for the term “racist” not to be used and said it was “discriminatory.”
Raven-Symoné, 29, didn’t respond to the backlash. She must have seen the drama unraveling since her name was a top-trending Twitter topic Friday, but instead of addressing it she shared fan art.
“Love love love!!” she wrote about the photo a fan created. “Follow her on Insta her handle is @jaja_love_brown, you have amazing skills! #FanArt #FanArtFriday.” The post got mixed reviews. Some people commented on the photo being well drawn, but others had snarky messages, writing Raven wouldn’t hire the artist because of her name.
Thanks to Raven Symone, starting Monday The View will unveil its new name. pic.twitter.com/nKCxrc5Bko
— Gord Macey (@GordMacey) October 9, 2015
It wasn’t just Twitter users who found offense with Raven-Symoné’s comment. Her “View” co-hosts were also taken aback. Comedian Joy Behar raised her eyebrows, Whoopi Goldberg looked the other way and put her hands on her chest and ABC News correspondent Paula Faris tried to reason that’s not a fair stance to take. But there wasn’t much reasoning with Raven. She stands by her claim that she “discriminates” against certain names.
It’s not the first time the former Disney star has said something that upset people. She recently stated that Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP leader who is Caucasian but said she identifies as black, should not be judged.
Raven upset the masses when she told Oprah Winfrey during a “Where Are They Now” special last year that she did not want to be called “African-American” or “gay.” Winfrey warned her that she might be criticized for her stance, but Raven didn’t back off.
"I mean, I don't know where my roots go to," Raven explained. "I don't know how far back they go. ... I don't know what country in Africa I'm from, but I do know that my roots are in Louisiana. I'm an American. And that's a colorless person."
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