‘The View’ is in hot water again, after one of its hosts angered African Americans with her recent on-air rant.
The TV show’s youngest host, Raven, claimed that she would be less likely to hire someone with a strange black name. She said, “I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It’s just not going to happen. I’m not going to hire you.”
The comments came as the hosts discussed a news study, which looked at how people’s names lead to common assumptions.
Whoopi Goldberg introduced the topic and then played a popular YouTube video, titled ’60 most ghetto names’, for the audience.
The countdown video featured names like ‘Grapedrankisha’ and ‘Fri’Chickenisha’.
‘Just to bring it back, can we take back “racist” and say “discriminatory”, because I think that’s a better word,’ Raven asked after the clip ended.
Whoopi nodded, saying ‘It’s a much better word,’ but her agreement was short-lived as Raven continued to speak.
‘And I am very discriminatory against words like the ones they were saying in those names,’ she said, referencing the video before admitting she would never hire a ‘Watermelondrea’.
Whoopi’s hands flew to her chest following the comment and she gave the audience a horrified look, but Raven pointed at her reaction and laughed.
The hosts were horrified by Raven’s comments, and so was Twitter. Black Twitter users crucified Raven for her comments.
One user tweeted, “How do you, a Black person with an ethnic name, justify proudly endorsing discriminatory hiring practices on a nat’l [sic] platform?”
Another said, “Not only does “Raven-Symoné” looks and sound ethnic,’ he added. ‘She’s saying this while wearing a bright red mohawk.”
Many are even calling for ‘The View’ to be cancelled after Raven’s comments.
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