Yes, yes ya’ll. Raven-Symoné has opened her mouth yet again to let us know exactly how she feels about race. The Empire guest star has been hosting the popular daytime talk show, The View alongside Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie Perez. This week, the ladies went to task on the Univision host, Rodner Figuroa who was fired after making the statement that First Lady, Michelle Obama “looks like she’s part of the cast of Planet of the Apes.”
He later claims the statement was made in reference to the make-up artist, Paolo Ballestoros, who transformed himself to look like the FLOTUS with the power of make-up.
Out the gate, co-host Michelle Collins questioned the choice of the make-up artist to apply make-up that alters his image to be that of a black woman, by inquiring if it would be considered a form of blackface.
Raven immediately quickly defends the make-up artist’s choice as being just “a form of drag.”
(Whew. This is a whole other topic!)
Co-host Rosie Perez began to lament on the dynamics of race within the Latino community, stating:
“A lot of Latin people recognize the fact that we do have African blood in us. A lot of them do not want to recognize that fact, and that’s where this stems from. There is a secret in the Latin community, specifically the Caribbean, South American, Central American, Latin community, that they are very racist.[…]They never want to be in the same group as black people and it’s sad. It’s very, very sad.”
After the topic arose, Symoné was quick to defend the Univision host with her newfound label-free consciousness, citing:
“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.”
Not believing the hype, co-host Rosie Perez sarcastically retorted:
“Oh please that’s like saying, ‘I’m not racist. I have black friends’.”
Then, leave it to Raven to later add:
“Some people look like animals. Is that rude?[…]Can I be mad if somebody called me Toucan Sam?”
Can we interest you in Race Relations 101? Heck, just watch Spike Lee’s Bamboozled, in between takes on set. This is getting out of hand. When it comes down to it, our FLOTUS, a black woman, was referred to as an “ape” which is by far, one of the oldest derogatory comparisons of black people.
While we queue up Black Is, Black Ain’t on DVD, feel free to watch the discussion in the video below (topic starts at 8:30)
What do you think of Raven’s view vs. Rosie’s view of the incident?