NEW YORK (AP) — Raven-Symone is the latest panelist on “The View” to try to take back her words, saying her comment last week that she would not hire someone with an ethnic-sounding name was in “poor taste.”
The former child star and new panelist on ABC’s daytime chat show was part of a discussion last Thursday about a study on people who make racial assumptions based on names. She said she discriminated against people when it came to names.
“I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermeloandrea,” she said, later explaining that she heard that name online in a viral video and wasn’t targeting a specific race.
Raven-Symone, in a Facebook post this weekend, said she’s been rejected for jobs because of her skin color, size and age. She said she hoped names, physical appearance or sexual orientation would never outweigh job qualifications, but they often do. “That’s the truth, and it sucks,” she wrote. Here is the full text from her post:
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.
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. I would also like to say that on Friday my account was hacked, those are not my words.
“My comment was in poor taste,” she said. “My lack of empathy toward name discrimination was uncalled for.”
Apologies are nothing new on “The View.” Joy Behar apologized twice last month after some mocking commentary about a Miss America contestant who is a nurse appeared on the pageant dressed for work and talked about an Alzheimer’s patient. The comment infuriated nurses and led to a couple of ads being pulled from the show.
Whoopi Goldberg also drew attention this summer for backing fellow comedian Bill Cosby following a story by The Associated Press that Cosby had admitted to obtaining Quaaludes with the intent of giving them to women he wanted to have sex with.
A few days later, “The View” brought legal analyst Dan Abrams on to explain the case against Cosby, and Goldberg walked back her support.