Raven-Symoné received a hailstorm of criticism after her appearance on Monday’s episode of “The View,” when she questioned whether the intent of former Univision host Rodner Figueroa’s comments on Michelle Obama resembling a cast member from “Planet of the Apes” was “racist-like.”
Symoné, who was serving as a guest host on the episode, joined the panel's discussion on the story and said, “some people look like animals. I look like a bird. So can I be mad if somebody calls me a Toucan Sam?”
As expected, her comments didn’t sit too well with fans on social media -- and later prompted the actress to clarify her statements on Twitter.
Some comments are rude, some are disrespectful, and some are racist. Try to not exchange one for the other.
My opinion/comments arn't based off race, that doesn't mean i'm trying to be a different race all together. I love OUR history, family....
We have Irish Culture, African Culture, Asian Culture, Indian Culture Many more running through the veins of AMERICA! Come on yung peeps
Now, during an interview with The Daily Beast, the 29-year-old “That’s So Raven” star responded to critics who disapproved of her comments on the daytime talks show.
“I don’t think they heard what I said. I did not defend the man,” she admitted during the interview. “I said that what he said was very distasteful. And I think that the organization is in the right to fire him. And I don’t believe that she looks like a racially charged animal that has been connected to the black community for years and years…However, I do know people that look like animals!”
Read more of Raven Symoné’s interview with The Daily Beast here.