Petition to Have Raven-Symone Fired Created

There is no doubt that you remember Raven-Symone for her comical role as Raven Baxter on Disney Channel’s hit show, “That’s So Raven,” that ran from 2003 to 2007. The actress can now be found co-hosting ABC’s “The View” alongside moderator Whoopi Goldberg, Michelle Collins, Candace Cameron Bure (D.J. Tanner of hit 1990’s comedy Full House), and Paula Faris. The 29-year-old, according to Josh Fatzick at, was said by an ABC spokesperson, to be “confident, genuine, and opinionated” and these all also are said by the spokesperson to make Raven a good addition to the panel.

Symone sparked controversy when she recently, on the show, said something controversial in relation to a “ghetto name.” The show featured the video from the internet that was viral years ago that presents the sixty most ghetto names, one of them being “Watermelondrea.” Symone said she would not hire you if your name were Watermelondrea, and this is what sparked controversy.

On another recent installment of the show, Symone said that children show listen to rules. She said this in response to a viral video where a girl was on her phone during class. In response to Symone’s response, outraged people have started a petition. According to Josh Fatzick, 130,000 people, approximately, signed the petition. Their claim is that Symone is not an exemplary African-American woman who can be seen as a role model.

According to Fatzick’s article at, the creator of the petition does not believe Symone is being reflective of a “strong black role model” vocally. Her comments and opinions do not seem to go with being an African-American role model. Symone, the Academy of Art University graduate, is being defended nonetheless, and, personally, I have always been fond of her.

About Umar Siddiqui

Hi, I am Umar Siddiqui. I am currently a student at the University of California, Riverside majoring in Media and Cultural Studies. My areas of interest in studies are mainly communications, journalism, media, and cultural/ social issues. My hobbies are anything Disney, music, creative writing, fashion, friends, social activism, etc. I am a very sociable person who is outgoing and opinionated; making my opinions known is important to me. I recently completed a fashion journalism short course online at the University of the Arts London's London College of Fashion. I am anticipating to graduate with my Bachelor's of Arts degree spring of 2017.

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