Raven-Symone Apologizes For “Uncalled For” Name Discrimination Comments

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Raven Symone Apology

By Michael Lewittes

Raven Symone Apology

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Raven-Symone is now apologizing for her “comments about discrimination” on Friday’s “The View.” On Sunday night, she explained some of her controversial remarks in a post on Facebook, noting she’s “never discriminated against a name” and that she empathizes with those who were “victimized” by her comments.

As Gossip Cop previously reported, Symone drew criticism during the show when she acknowledged that she was “discriminatory” against people with certain “ghetto” names. Citing a real-life rapper’s name, Symone declared, “I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. That’s just not going to happen.”

But at the end of the weekend, she wrote on Facebook, “I’d like to begin by saying that I was not attacking a specific race, but repeating a name that was said in a viral video which has received over 2 million likes.” She then noted, “I have been denied many jobs because of my skin color, body size, and age. Each time I was rejected, my self-esteem was negatively effected, so I empathize with those who feel victimized by what I said.”

Symone added, “We would hope that when it comes to hiring, our names, physical appearance, sexual orientation, and age would never outweigh our qualifications, but often times, they do, that’s the truth and it sucks. But I should not be part of the problem, I should be part of the solution.” She stressed, “As an equal opportunity employer, I have never discriminated against a name… even though I said I would, it’s not true. My comment was in poor taste. My lack of empathy towards name discrimination was uncalled for.”

Earlier on Sunday, Gossip Cop corrected an entirely false report that claimed Raven-Symone was fired from “The View” because of her discriminatory remarks. A rep for the show exclusively told us the story was “absolutely not true.”

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