The petition is addressed to Barbara Walters, who’s still named as an Executive Producer of ‘The View.’ It reads:
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 rolemodels in prominent positions on television an Raven Symone cannot provide that. That is why I ask that we petition to remove her from The View.
As of this writing, the petition has scored a over 124K signatures. Not an insignificant number, but probably not enough to worry ABC, especially since we don’t know how many of these signers actually watch ‘The View.’ You can keep an eye on it at Change.org.
ABC released a statement:
We love Raven. She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel.”
In other words, ABC is not swayed by the petition. I think it’s important to remember that people get these hosting positions on talk shows not because they’re knowledgeable but because they’re entertaining. They are NOT authorities on anything. Second, if you really want to get someone fired from a show, then Stop Watching. Falling ratings will get ABC’s attention far faster than a petition ;).
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