Raven-Symone is many things. Cosby kid. Teen psychic. Frequent The View panelist (and possible future permanent host). She’s also someone who says things, some of which are…questionable. Questionable in the way that makes you scratch your head and roll your eyes. Let’s revisit some of the most head-scratchy and eye-rolly.
Most recently, there was that time she threw historical shade at Harriet Tubman, implying her role as abolitionist isn’t relevant to today’s world:
No offense to everyone that’s going to be mad at me for saying this, I don’t like that idea [of Harriet Tubman on the $20]. I think we need to move a little bit forward. Let me just preface that I understand the history, I get it, trust me, I was taught, I’m in that culture…Me personally, I would have chosen Rosa Parks. I would have chosen someone that is closer to the progression that we’re doing now. And I know you have to understand history so that you don’t repeat it, but that doesn’t really happen in our world, because we still repeat history of hating other cultures over and over again. So I would choose a different one, no offense.
…What? Oh Raven.
Then there was that time she made Oprah flip out. Yes, she said this to Oprah:
I don’t want to be labeled gay. I want to be labeled a human who loves humans. I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American; I’m not an African-American, I’m an American…I don’t know where my roots go to; I don’t know how far back they go. I don’t know what country in Africa I’m from. But I do know that my roots are in Louisiana. I’m an American, and that’s a colorless person, because we’re all people. I have lots of things running through my veins.
Oprah in turn spoke for all of us when she responded, “Oh, girl, don’t set Twitter on fire. What?! Oh my lord. What did you just say? Stop! Stop! Stop the tape right now.”
There was that time she didn’t know how geography worked:
“I am from every continent in Africa except for one and I’m from every continent in Europe except for one.”
So many things in just one sentence and none of them correct.
Finally there was that time a Univision host said, “You know that Michelle Obama looks like she’s from the cast of Planet of the Apes, the movie.” People were understandably horrified. Except our girl Raven:
“I don’t think he was saying it racist. Not Michelle Obama. Michelle, don’t fire me from this right now, but some people do look like animals.”
Only Raven herself can adequately display how these quotes make us feel.