Raven-Symoné’s father, Christopher B. Pearman, jumped to her defense after the former Disney star was slammed for saying on Friday's "The View" that she wouldn't hire someone with a "ghetto" name. While several social media users accused Raven-Symoné of being "racist," Pearman pointed out in an open letter on his Facebook page that everyone has made their share of mistakes.
"I haven't managed Raven's career in over 10 years. This woman is grown, has her own management team, has her own opinions, right or wrong, and is responsible for her own words and actions," Pearman wrote (via Vibe magazine). “Children grow up and become influenced by many things, situations and people. I certainly don't agree with what she said....but she is d--n near 30 years old. She's a grown a-- woman making grown a-- mistakes. We all have been guilty of this."
The 29-year-old's dad continued saying that her comments on "The View" were an "inexcusable gaffe," but he was "proud" of everything she had accomplished throughout her career.
"Raven is a really beautiful, sweet-hearted human being. I should know," Pearman posted. "Her mother and I love her very much and will always support her and have her back. Even if sometimes..........she says some dumb S#%T!”
As previously reported, the former "That's So Raven" star caused an uproar after Whoopi Goldberg mentioned a study that found people judge others based on their names. Goldberg then showed a short video of two guys making fun of the "most ghetto names."
Raven-Symoné told "The View" panelists she didn't think it was racist to judge a person on their name, adding, "I’m very discriminatory against the words like the ones they were saying in those names. I’m not going to hire you if your name is Watermelon-Andrea. It’s just not going to happen."
It was rumored that Raven-Symoné was going to be fired from the daytime talk show over her remarks, but ABC has not commented on the speculation.
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