Raven-Symone Accused Of Racism And Making Fun Of Black Name Stereotypes (VIDEO)
Raven-Symone stirred up racial controversy on Friday’s “The View” after admitting to being “discriminatory” against people with unusual names. The talk show co-host cited the name “Watermelondrea” as an example of a person she wouldn’t hire, leading many people on social media to accuse Symone of poking fun at black stereotypes. Watch the video below.
During the “Hot Topics” segment on the show, the co-hosts discussed potential racism from employers who may be hesitant to hire someone who has, what could be considered, a “ghetto name.” Symone, however, disagreed about it being a race issue, saying, “Can we take back racist and say discriminatory? Because I think that’s a better word.” She added, “I’m very discriminatory against the words like the ones they were saying in those names. I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. That’s just not going to happen.”
It should be noted, Watermelondrea isn’t a hypothetical stereotype made up by Symone. It happens to be the name of a female rapper and YouTube personality. Regardless, Symone’s comments both confused and offended her fellow co-hosts.
Many Twitter users were outraged as well. A person named @ShaunKing tweeted, “Hold up. Raven Symone. Rocking a red mohawk. A Black Lesbian. Who worked w/ Bill Cosby. Says she discriminates on people w/ ethnic names?” A user with the handle @DragonflyJonez expressed, “You would think a multiracial lesbian would be as liberal as they come but Raven is pretty much a white woman from 1923 Alabama.” Meanwhile, @aurosan referenced Symone’s name becoming a trending topic on Twitter following her remarks. The user wrote, “lol every time I see raven symone trending I’m like oh no what did she say now.”
Watch the video below, and tell Gossip Cop what you think about Raven-Symone admitting to being “discriminatory” against certain people’s names, and the subsequent controversy it caused.
raven symone has the audacity to look like a rooster & say she discriminates against ethnic names pic.twitter.com/Tir3Eg3XcK
— S (@ogshayla) October 9, 2015