Keshia Knight Pulliam Discusses Raven-Symoné 'Ghetto' Name Controversy

Entertainment | Camille Travis | 10/15/2015 | 03:30 PM EDT

'I guess she wouldn't have hired me.'

Raven-Symoné and Keshia Knight Pulliam are both "Cosby" kids, but they stand on very different sides of the "ghetto" name argument. 


Unless you've been living under a rock, you've heard about Raven's kerfuffle on "The View" in which she said she would not hire a person whose name is "Watermelondrea," or anything of the like. Her comments were quickly met with backlash from those who believed she was being discriminatory against certain names.




Raven has since apologized for her remarks, saying that they spun out of control and she empathized with those who felt victimized by what she said.


As the controversy lives on in the headlines, Pulliam has provided her two cents on the matter and her thoughts on her former co-star's opinions.


"I guess she wouldn't have hired me. "I've got about the most ethnic name you can have!" Pulliam told HuffPost Live on Tuesday.


"On a show like 'The View,' that's what they do. They sit around and they have conflicting opinions and they argue their opinions, so at the end of the day, it's about being your authentic self," she continued. "And if that is authentically her opinion, it's hers. It doesn't mean that I have to agree with it or you have to agree with it, or anyone else."


Still, Pulliam said she understands that Raven's life and opinions are constantly put under a microscope-- it's just the reality of being a celebrity.

"It's challenging having grown up the way she did. So from the other side of the coin, I empathize with her, where anything that she says and does is under the microscope," she added. "I'm not here to judge her or to bash her or anything like that. Ultimately, Raven has to kind of find her own and do it her own way."


(Photos from left: Robin Marchant/Getty Images, Raymond Hall/Getty Images)

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