Raven-Symoné Pearman (1985- ) is an American television actor. As a little girl she was best known for playing Olivia on “The Cosby Show”. Now she is 29 and best known for making internalized racist remarks.
Television: Her best known shows:
1989-1992: The Cosby Show – plays Olivia, Bill Cosby’s granddaughter.
1993-1997: Hangin’ with Mr Cooper – plays Nicole
2002-2007: Kim Possible – voice acts Monique, Kim’s Black Best Friend.
2003-2007: That’s So Raven – plays the main character, Raven. It becomes the Disney Channel’s most successful show up to that time.
2015- : The View – a morning talk show where she plays herself.
In 2015, she also landed a part in “Empire” as Olivia Lyon, an ex-wife.
Film & Music: She has been in quite a few films. The best known are the Dr Dolittle films (1998, 2001) and the Cheetah Girl films (2003, 2006). The Cheetah Girl albums went to number #1 among American kids. She has done tons of voice acting.
In 2013, she came out as gay or, as she calls it, “a human who loves humans.”
Some of the “dumb shit” she has been saying lately:
“I’m tired of being labelled. I’m an American. I’m not an African American, I’m an American. … I’m an American, and that’s a colourless person. … I have darker skin. I have a nice, interesting grade of hair. I connect with Caucasian. I connect with Asian. I connect with Black. I connect with Indian. I connect with each culture.”
March 2015: Defending Rodner Figueroa, who said Michelle Obama, the First Lady, looked like an ape from “Planet of the Apes”:
“Was he saying it racist-like? Because he said that he voted for her later, and I don’t think he was saying it racist… Michelle, don’t fire me from this right now, but some people look like animals. I look like a bird. So can I be mad if somebody calls me Toucan Sam?”
June 2015: Defending Rachel Dolezal, a White woman who passed as Black:
“Black women straighten their hair everyday. Black women do it all the time and what do we say to them? ‘Oh, you look cute girl. You gotcho’ hair did. blah blah blah.’ So white women can’t do the same thing?!”
July 2015: Defending Martin O’Malley, who is running for president:
“I understand what the ‘Black Lives Matter’ hashtag means. It came in conjunction with everything that was going on with the police in Ferguson. You have to be sensitive in that statement, but he is right, all lives matter… I think you have to open yourself up. It should be all lives matter,”
October 2015: Talking about Black-sounding names:
“I am not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It’s just not gonna happen. I am not gonna hire you.”
She said that is not “racist”, just “discriminatory”.
There is more and, no doubt, more to come.
She generally takes back statements like these if Twitter goes nuts. But often she puts her foot further in her mouth, like when she said Michelle Obama looks like a cat. She is that clueless.
– Abagond, 2015.
Update (October 31st): After the video of police brutality at Spring Valley High went viral, Raven-Symone said what the police officer did was terrible, but blamed the girl for not putting away her phone when the teacher told her to: “get off yo’ phone.” There is now a Change.org petition to get her fired.
- New Black – what she is.
- Rented Negro
- internalized racism
- Rachel Dolezal
- Michelle Obama
- Bill Cosby
- Other Cosby kids:
- Cree Summer