Raven-Symoné is either the gift that keeps on giving or the stuff that nightmares are made of. This year, so far, has certainly been good to her in terms of work, but her constant tomfoolery continues to entertain some while incite harsh criticism from many.
Let’s recap some of the things she has said that should be filed under: Girl, Bye. First, she has denied being an African-American to Oprah. She also sparked controversy when she defended Univision’s Rodner Figueroa’s statement that Michelle Obama looked like a member of the “Planet of the Apes” cast. While a guest on The View, Symoné claimed that his comments were not necessarily racist and that some people did, in fact, look like animals, comparing herself to a bird. During a different “View” appearance, she also spoke out against the proposal to put Harriett Tubman on U.S. currency, claiming that Rosa Parks would be a more appropriate choice.
Her comments have left many scratching their heads and wondering why folks keep going to Raven for an opinion about serious issues. Memes have been inspired asking White people if the Black collective can make a trade for Raven.
In her 2014 appearance of OWN’s “Where Are They Now?” series, the former child star shocked many with her unorthodox statements about race and ethnicity.
“I’m an American, I’m not an African-American,” Symoné boldly said at the time.
“Oh girl, you’re going to set Twitter on fire,” a shocked Winfrey replied. Now, the 29-year-old is admitting that Oprah was right. The backlash from black Twitter users has remained constant over the last several months with no signs of backing down any time soon.
She initially responded to the backlash by stating:
“I never said I wasn’t black. I want to make that very clear. I said, I am not African-American. I never expected my personal beliefs and comments to spark such emotion in people. I think it is only positive when we can openly discuss race and being labeled in America.”
Since being dogged by Black Twitter, Raven has had time to reflect and come to accept that Oprah was right.
In a recent chat with US Weekly Raven-Symoné said “She told me that black Twitter is going to hate me forever. She was right. I love you, Oprah. She’s like everybody’s rich aunt. She’s really close to you, but she’ll never give you any of her money.”
Check out Symone’s 25 Things You Don’t Know About Me! segment with the magazine, below.
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