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ABC responds to petition to fire Raven-Symoné

Photo courtesy of The View on ABC via Youtube screenshot

Photo courtesy of “The View” on ABC via YouTube screenshot

In just four days a petition addressed to Barbara Walters calling for the termination of Raven-Symoné’s position on “The View” has garnered nearly 125,000 signatures. Many supporters have been hopeful that someone would finally dismantle the former child actress’s public platform due to her controversial comments that have been deemed racist, insensitive and stupid. But the program’s network has made a statement on the matter that may disappoint her critics.

On Saturday afternoon, an ABC spokesperson told E! News that Raven is in good standing on the show:

“We love Raven,” the network’s spokesperson said. “She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel.”

The petition to get Raven fired was devised following an “After The View” segment in which the panel was discussing the recent video featuring a South Carolina officer violently handling a Black female student in a Spring Valley High School classroom after she refused to put her phone away. The former “That’s So Raven” star said that there were “two wrongs” in the situation and that the victim should not have been using her phone.

Che Scott-Heron, who wrote that she is the daughter of the famous jazz poet Gil Scott-Heron, said that even as a former fan of Raven’s, she was compelled to write the petition because “Raven Symone has been spouting her ignorant and self hating spiel” on the show for long enough, and that African Americans “need strong black role models in prominent positions on television an Raven Symone cannot provide that.”

She additionally wrote a message addressing those who think the petition will not get Raven removed from the show and others who think this is not a worthy cause:

Photo courtesy of Che Scott-Heron's petition


  1. Errol Penfield on November 1, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    The View…right? Karyn Johnson, aka Whoppie Goldberg peeping over those round colored glasses on the end of her nose for forty years now…. Joy Behar morphing into a bitter Yankee accented version of Betty White before your eyes, and Raven. That show really needs a vapid personality with clownish hair styles and affectatious clothing to make it. This is news because the media wants to make news.

  2. Malibu Jones on November 1, 2015 at 12:48 pm

    I am sure this petition won’t change Raven–Symoné disassociation with “her limited view” of the Black community. But the fact that Che Scott Heron was able to secure the signatures in 3 days…there’s one thing for sure in Biblical scripture, Peter denies knowing Jesus 3 times and later says he loves him 3 times. Deny your people if you must, you will return seeking forgiveness and acceptance.

    • NoTime4Bimbos on November 12, 2015 at 1:05 pm

      I understand perfectly what you are saying. However, first of all, Raven isn’t Black.
      She’s Mixed/Multi-Racial. Not the same thing. People need to stop saying that someone is Black simply because they are, “part Black.” She’s already told us that. Nupita Nyong is Black.
      Whoopi is Black. Generally when you see a light skinned person you can “almost” guarantee that they are NOT Black ie. Paula Patton, Alicia Keys, Vanessa Williams, Lisa Bonet, Lenny Kravitz, Barack Obama, etc. Raven is also very opinionated and she works for, “The View.” She gives her “views” as everyone else does. I believe that folks should leave her alone. If they don’t like the show then simply don’t watch. Get over it, move on. I promise that they won’t get a call asking them why they are not watching.

  3. cupcake333 on November 1, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    aaahhh no … police brutaility is on a whole nother level than raven big mouth. if you aint gonna sensorthe kkk like rush limbaugh and a few others then leave raven alone. its not hate ravon spew this is the racist era were in , people are thinking her behavior is symbolic of the goody two shoe girl from the costy show raven showed us long time ago she was not that little girl oliva no more . so we need to stop pigeon holing her . 2nd raven is no racist . shes a product of the times were in ….

  4. True Grit on November 1, 2015 at 3:04 pm

    Of course. She represents everything they want to see. ABC wants the clash on screen. Have to keep the natives at each others’ throats.

  5. ITS ME on November 1, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    If Abc doesn’t see reason to fire her.. Boycott the sponsor.. Like they did when they wanted that degrading show Sorority Sisters off of the air… AND GET THE VIEW OFF OF THE AIR

  6. JootJoint on November 1, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I hope the majority of the public know that Gill Scott-Heron is not Raven Symone’s father! Even Raven’s father can’t figure her out!

    If I were to guess, I’d say she’s suffering from the Bill Cosby effect…she was a baby when she worked with him.

    • shellyTheGreat on November 1, 2015 at 4:36 pm

      huh? the article says gil scott heron is the father of the person who started the petition, not raven.

  7. Gail Clarke on November 1, 2015 at 5:19 pm

    I really don’t understand what the argument is. The officer did not act appropriately and neither did the student. Okay so she is child. Does a child not know right from wrong. The officer did in my opinion use excessive force. I think he forgot or didn’t care who he was deaing with. But why are we attacking Raven for given her opinion, by the way which is why she and the other ladies are on the view to do. If they only gave the views of society the show would be a waste.

    • BOSSDOG on November 3, 2015 at 2:20 am

      i feel you on your point…but i think people are upset because at her age, she is suppose to speak as they do and feel as they do…but she has been grown since she was 5 lol…another case of the networks thinking they are covering the black youth situations with her on the show..they don’t ever ask have you been to the hood…it just shows you what type of audience they think they have..

    • dogggg4591 on November 3, 2015 at 7:23 am

      Gail, Raven has a right to her opinion its called freedom of speech, but we as citizen have the right to critique, and challenge idiotic, inane, moronic; sophomoric opinions, there nothing sacred about one’s opinion.

  8. Deandra Tucker on November 1, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    The View will never Fire Raven She is a example of Stupid..And that’s what they think about Black Women

  9. shellyTheGreat on November 1, 2015 at 9:17 pm

    i wonder if that earring of the cross in this picture of raven was meant to be upside-down like that.

  10. Teriek Williams on November 2, 2015 at 12:45 am

    I listened to Elizabeth Hassleback say a lot of dumb things I disagreed with for years. I never demanded she be fired. She was entitled to her opinion and the right to express it. This nation is becoming full of big babies.

  11. missmack on November 2, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Should be boycotting people like Ann Coulter but folks supported Ann Coulter when she tried it against Raven and put a petition up against a black actress on tv then want to say black people are under represented on tv. Makes no sense. She’s entitled to her opinion like anyone else. If you don’t like what they are saying change the conversation. I don’t have to like what any of the women on the panel say but that doesn’t mean they don’t have the right to say it. People need to educate themselves about the law and realize this was just oppressing Raven Symones freedom.

  12. mslady269 on November 2, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    I have an idea… stop watching The View. I don’t have time to add another tv show to my routine, but it wouldn’t be this. Raven is a different kind of stupid, so I’ll just let her be that and know that she doesn’t truly represent black women. We know this and honestly, white America is going to portray us as they want to and her being on the show is what they want.

  13. dogggg4591 on November 3, 2015 at 7:34 am

    ABC is getting what it hired Raven, they knew going in all about her controversial assertions, and they hired her despite her rank stupidity and penchant or predilection to assert the most idiotic, ignorant, self-abasing; self-hating nonsense….” you are not entitled to your opinion. you are entitled to your informed opinion” ” never argue with stupid people , they will drag you down their level and then beat you with experience” Mark Twain

  14. Andre Wells on November 4, 2015 at 2:07 am

    no its pretty easy to me just stop watching the crazy Bitch and watch the rating drop I go to work get Jim Crow but I dont have to watch that crap on my tv.