Raven-Symone has no filter, but at least she knows when she’s messed up. ‘The View’ co-host is now publicly apologizing to the many fans she offended with her comments about ‘Ghetto names’ on the talk show — see exactly what she said.
During a discussion on The View, Raven-Symone, 29, said she wouldn’t consider any “ghetto” names if she were an employer looking to hire, which she now knows was a comment made in “poor taste.” After seeing how many people were angry with her words, the former Disney star took to Facebook on October 11 to sincerely apologize. She explained that what she said is actually “not true.”
“My comments about discrimination have spun out of control. 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,” Raven began by saying on her Facebook.
“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,” she went on.
“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. I would also like to say that on Friday my account was hacked, those are not my words,” Raven concluded.
In case you missed Raven’s original comments on The View, she said, “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 the video. 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.”
HollywoodLifers, do you forgive Raven? Do you think her apology was sincere? Let us know your thoughts on the situation in the comments below!
— Shira Benozilio