Raven-Symone doesn’t see anything wrong with what she said on “The View” this week, and she’s not backing down from her remarks.
The “Empire” star came under fire this week when she defended a former Univision personality that said Michelle Obama looks like she could have been cast in “Planet of the Apes.” Picking up on the obvious offensiveness in that remark, Rosie Perez took the opportunity to explain to America that many Latinos have a problem with racism.
That’s when Raven cut into the conversation to question whether the now-fired host’s words were said in a racist manner (they were) while justifying his criticism of our first lady by stating that some people do look like animals. Needless to say she got dragged for the remark, but she hit Twitter to stand by her assessment that the TV personality wasn’t being racist.
When she spoke to The Daily Beast, she said that she believes her words on “The View” were misunderstood. “I don’t think they heard what I said. I did not defend the man,” she explained. “I said that what he said was very distasteful. And I think that the organization is in the right to fire him.”
And just to make sure that everyone knows she didn’t say Michelle looks like a monkey, she stated, “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!”