Raven-Symoné Apologizes for Statements About ‘Ghetto’ Names on ‘The View’

Raven Symone

Raven-Symoné has issued somewhat of an apology after being heavily criticized for making comments about ethnic names, saying she wouldn’t hire someone with a “ghetto” name.

The former child star and The View panelist was part of a discussion last Thursday about a study on people who make racial assumptions based on names. She said she would be discriminate 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.

She went on to insert herself by saying she has been discriminated against because of her skin color, size and age.

Even though she clearly said she would also discriminate in against a name, in her her “apology” she denied that would ever do that

“As an equal opportunity employer, I have never discriminated against a name….even though I said I would, it’s not true,” she said.”My comment was in poor taste. “My lack of empathy toward name discrimination was uncalled for.”

Making controversial comments about race, being heavily criticized and days later issuing an apologizing or explanation is something that has become a habit for the actress. Some of those moments include her agreeing that First Lady Michelle Obama looks like a monkey on The View and in 2014 when she declared that she doesn’t consider herself African-American during an interview with Oprah.

Read the full statement of her latest apology below:

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.

(Photo Credit: Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Trevor Project)