It’s one thing to take backlash from social media and the Internet news cycle. But when your own dad starts calling you out, well, that’s when it’s time to apologize.
That seems to be the realization that former “Cosby Show” star and current co-host of “The View” Raven-Symone has come to after making statements many deemed offensive concerning what she called “ghetto” names. “I’m not going to hire you if your name is Watermelonandrea,” she said on “The View” last week. “It’s just not gonna happen.”
Predictably enough, the Internet lost its collective mind with people tweeting at Raven and demanding an apology. To make matters worse, Raven-Symone’s own father reprimanded her in a very 21st-century way, posting on his Facebook page: “I certainly don’t agree with what she said….but she is damn near thirty years old. She’s a grown a** woman making grown a** mistakes.”
Raven-Symone’s dad Christopher B. Pearman used to be her manager, and made it quite clear in his post that he has little involvement with her day-to-day work anymore. But while saying he’s proud of her success, Pearman called his daughter’s words “inexcusable” and added: “She says some dumb s**t.”
Clearly, his daughter listened. Because in a Facebook post on her official page, the former “That’s So Raven” actress apologized.
“My comments about discrimination have spun out of control,” she writes. “I was not attacking a specific race, but repeating a name that was said in a viral video.”
“I have been denied many jobs because of my skin color, body size, and age,” adds the actress. “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.”
“My comment was in poor taste. My lack of empathy towards name discrimination was uncalled for,” she concludes. “I should not be part of the problem, I should be part of the solution.”