ABC has Raven-Symoné's back.
A petition is making its rounds on the web asking that "The View" co-host be relieved of her duties on the daytime talk show due to her controversial views. The call to action came last week after Raven suggested that a female student slammed and dragged by a South Carolina officer should've stayed off her phone while in the classroom to avoid such treatment.
The Change.org petition states:
"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 role models 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."
So far, the petition has received more than 130,000 signatures of the 150,000 signatures requested.
But ABC is paying the complaint no mind. In a statement released Saturday, the network said, "We love Raven. She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel."
So love it or hate it, Raven's here to stay.