ABC Responds to Raven-Symone’s ‘The View’ Controversy
ABC's long-running daytime talk show The View has become a hub for controversy in recent months, and the latest of its stars to come under fire is co-host Raven-Symone. The former Disny Channel star drew loads of criticism from fans after she spoke out in support of police officer Ben Fields after a video of his vicious treatment of a black female student at Spring Valley High School went viral.
A Change.org petition to remove the former Cosby Show actress from the show gathered over 120,000 signatures, citing that they desired a stronger role model for the African American community on the show.
“African Americans and black people around the diaspora need a voice representative of their views and not a voice representative of what white people want us to say,” the petition reads. “We need strong black role models in prominent positions on televisions and Raven-Symone cannot provide that."
During the controversial segment on the show, Raven says, "The girl was told multiple times to get off the phone. There’s no right or reason for him to be doing this type of harm — that’s ridiculous — but at the same time, you gotta follow the rules in school."
In response to the petition to get rid of the show's 29-year-old star, ABC has released a statement saying they have no plans to remove her. "We love Raven,” the statement reads. “She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel."
We're guessing she also brings in ratings with her controversy. Just a few weeks earlier, Raven caused another racially-charged stir when she said employers were right to discriminate against people with "ghetto names".
It looks like Raven's job on The View is safe for now, but at a certain point we've got to believe that the public outcry for ABC to give her the axe will become to big to ignore.