Ever since former child star Raven-Symoné joined ABC’s The View, she hasn’t been afraid to voice her strong opinions. The co-host has made many headlines for her controversial comments, including several topics on race. Her blunt statements have spread like wildfire on social media, and people are finally fed up with her.
On Wednesday a petition on Change.org demanded that Barbara Walters, the creator of the talk show, remove Symoné from The View. More than 120,000 people have signed the petition, so far. Che Scott-Heron, the U.K. woman who created the petition, expresses in the document that “we need strong black role models in prominent positions on Television, and Raven Symone cannot provide that.”
On the petition page Che Scott-Heron wrote, “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.”
Earlier this month Symoné offended pretty much everyone when she said she wouldn’t hire someone with a “black name.” She later apologized, but the damage was done. In the petition Heron claims that the last straw offensive statements was a comment Symoné made about a viral video showing a school police officer assaulting a student, where Symoné said, “get off your phone in school then,” defending the officer’s brutal behavior.
Needless to say, there are people in favor of Heron’s petition and want to see a change up on The View. At this time neither Symoné or Walters have made any statements regarding the petition.