Raven-Symone faces backlash after saying she would never hire someone with 'black' name

Raven-Symone faces backlash after saying she would never hire someone with 'black' name
Published: 2015 October 11 20:02:48 (11367 Views)
Former child star Raven-Symone's father has penned an open letter addressing the 'dumb sh*t' that The View co-host said she would not hire someone with a 'black' name.

She shocked her fellow co-hosts during Thursday's episode of the ABC show when she said, ''I'm not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It's just not going to happen'.

Christopher Pearman, who previously managed his daughter's career, called the comments an 'inexcusable gaffe' but said that Raven is an adult with her own opinions.

'I certainly don't agree with what she said....but she is damn near thirty years old,' he posted on Facebook.

'She's a grown a** woman making grown a** mistakes. We all have been guilty of this'.

'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'.

Raven's comment came while The View women discussed a recent UCLA study published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, which found that Americans make racist assumptions based on people's names.

Whoopi Goldberg introduced the topic and then played a popular YouTube video, titled '60 most ghetto names', for the audience.

The countdown video featured names like 'Grapedrankisha' and 'Fri'Chickenisha'.



'Just to bring it back, can we take back "racist" and say "discriminatory", because I think that's a better word,' Raven asked after the clip ended.

Whoopi nodded, saying 'It's a much better word,' but her agreement was short-lived as Raven continued to speak.  

'And I am very discriminatory against words like the ones they were saying in those names,' she said, referencing the video before admitting she would never hire a 'Watermelondrea'.

Whoopi's hands flew to her chest following the comment and she gave the audience a horrified look, but Raven pointed at her reaction and laughed.

'Is that mean?' Raven asked, seemingly confused that her co-hosts and audience weren't laughing along with her.

But Raven's comments were far from being forgotten as critics took to Twitter to point out the irony of her words.

'How do you, a Black person with an ethnic name, justify proudly endorsing discriminatory hiring practices on a nat'l [sic] platform?' asked one user.

'I guess it's a good thing that @ravensymone wasn't an interviewer when Whoopi and Barack and Oprah and Condoleeza were looking for work,' tweeted another user.





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