Oh Raven, if only she were as bright as her pint-sized Cosby Show character, Olivia. Unfortunately, ever since joining ABC’s The View the actress has made headlines for her tone-deaf, and ofttimes offensive, comments.
Her most recent WTF moment came during a discussion about “ghetto black names” (ugh, I can’t even...) when Symoné pretty much admitted she’s a classist POS.
“I am very discriminatory against words like the ones that they were saying in those names,” she said while looking like a rooster had set up shop on her head. “I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermelonandrea. That’s just not going to happen.”
So Raven-Symone says she won't hire someone with an "Africanized" name but she sitting there with a red Mohawk? 😏 OK pic.twitter.com/DKioHj7rmG
— Deanna Fry (@DeannaFryTV) October 9, 2015
The whole thing would be completely laughable and ridiculous if Symoné’s stance wasn’t also held by hiring managers across America.
In fact, several studies have shown that Black folks with “ethnic” names like Jamal or Aiesha are far less likely to be hired than other candidates named Mary or Jake, even when they have the exact same experience and qualifications.
So while Raven is definitely an asshole, sadly she’s not unique.
Thankfully, Twitter came through with some epic shade that may give the actress a reason to reconsider her narrow-minded stance.
"look at me. i'm raven symone. black ppl's names are ugly." pic.twitter.com/rWQvbPW8eb
— fooler initiative (@metroadlib) October 9, 2015
I feel like Raven Baxter would give Raven-Symoné the hands.
— DJ GOT1 (@ItB_LikeThat) October 9, 2015
I can't get over that moment Whoopi was just over Raven Symoné and was confused about why she still worked here pic.twitter.com/NELmIJDKkj
— Michael Corpse-lado (@michaelcollado) October 9, 2015
The ancestors be looking at Raven Symone like…. pic.twitter.com/NlM63c1T6p
— Vision (@VisionPoet) October 9, 2015
remember Raven-Symone from the Cosby Show? this is her now. feel old yet? pic.twitter.com/uNhkYeyTTa
— Sean. (@Seantaneous) October 9, 2015
Raven-Symone be like, "I would never hire anyone named Watermelonandrea," while she outchea looking like Foghorn pic.twitter.com/0dUan4LpHR
— britni danielle (@BritniDWrites) October 9, 2015
White America, please take Raven-Symone.
— Ferrari Sheppard (@stopbeingfamous) October 9, 2015
Hold up. Raven Symone. Rocking a red mohawk. A Black Lesbian. Who worked w/ Bill Cosby. Says she discriminates on people w/ ethnic names?
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) October 9, 2015
What Raven-Symoné did is what black conservatism does every day. Rather than acknowledge racial inequity, it instead seeks erasure.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) October 9, 2015
Raven Symone is like the Sith Lord of hot takes
— W.E.B.B.I.E DuBois (@fivefifths) October 9, 2015
Raven seems to see no irony in supporting discrimination against non-traditional names while having a non traditional name AND appearance.
— Marc Lamont Hill (@marclamonthill) October 9, 2015
Raven Symone is filled with so much self hate. That why the ancestors snatched her black don't crack juice & she's aging like a banana.
— HoneyBunchesOfNope (@_Amber_Bee) October 9, 2015
Raven-Symone hates her blackness and yours.
— Juan N. Tres (@alovelydai) October 9, 2015
Pick a "continent" in Africa and just go there forever pls @ravensymone
— V. Beans (@vinabean) October 9, 2015