ABC Network is not buckling to the pressure by both viewers and non-viewers of the “The View” television show who are enraged at Raven-Symone for some of her opinions and will stand by the former Disney Channel star turned daytime talk show co-host.
Thousands signed a petition on Change.org addressed to “View” creator and executive producer Barbara Walters to fire Symone and as of Sunday, the petition had more than 125,000 signatures.
The petition letter read, “Raven Symone has been spouting her ignorant and self-hating spiel on the view for long enough, from stating that she wouldn’t hire somebody for having a ghetto name, to openly complaining about reverse racism, the final straw was her comment about the recent viral video of the school police officer assaulting the student, where Raven Symone said “get off your phone in school then”. 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. We need strong black role models in prominent positions on television and Raven Symone cannot provide that. That is why I ask that we petition to remove her from The View.”
The network’s spokesperson told CNN, “We love Raven. She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel, Symone is “a great addition” to the show.”