Raven-Symone Apologizes for Offensive Disriminatory Names Comment
The controversial co-host clarified her remarks about discrimination, writing “My comments about discrimination have spun out of control.”
Attempting to apologize, Symone added, “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.”
Symone went on to conclude that she too has personally experienced discrimination, and that her words were in “poor taste”:
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. 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, thats the truth and it sucks. But I should not be part of the problem, I should be part of the solution.
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.
In addition to the major backlash Symone experienced on Twitter, her own father Christopher B. Pearman penned an open letter on Facebook calling her comments an “inexcusable gaffe,” noting that she says “some dumb S#%T!” sometimes.
Adding that he hasn’t managed his daughter’s career in over 10 years, Pearman wrote:
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…
Children grow up and become influenced by many things, situations and people. I certainly don’t agree with what she said….but she is damn near thirty years old. She’s a grown ass woman making grown ass mistakes. We all have been guilty of this.
I did my best as her father, mentor and career manager. I believe I did a Wonderful job. Aside from this inexcusable gaffe, her 29 years in the entertainment industry has been quite successful, for there have been only an Elite Few Child Stars to last this long and have little to no controversy. For this, I am Very Proud!
Raven is a really Beautiful, Sweethearted, Human Being.I should know. 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!
The full context of Raven’s words were, “Just to bring it back, can we take back ‘racist’ and say ‘discriminatory,’ because I think that’s a better word. And I am very discriminatory against words like the ones that they were saying in those names. I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It’s just not going to happen. I’m not going to hire you.”
She needs to be saved pic.twitter.com/INxrp3MGIG
— lissa (@m0chamami) October 8, 2015