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"I'm not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea."
Speaking on The View about "ghetto names," Symoné said she would base a hiring decision on a applicant's name. Some critics were quick to point out that Symoné could be judged by her own moniker. She later apologized.
"The girl was told multiple times to get off the phone. There's no right, or reason, for him to be doing this type of harm, that's ridiculous, but at the same time, you gotta follow the rules in school."
Symoné came under fire for seeming to blame the teenage girl who was the victim of police brutality in an incident at a South Carolina high school.
"I'm not an African-American, I'm an American."
After explaining to Oprah that she doesn't want to be labeled as gay, Symoné went one step further, elaborating on her aversion to being considered an African-American. Oprah correctly guessed that Symoné's comment would "set Twitter on fire."
"I don't like [the idea of having Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill]. I think we need to move a little bit more forward."
Symoné went on to suggest Rosa Parks for the $20, certainly another worthy candidate. But her argument against Tubman is similar to one a middle school kid might use if she didn't want to do a project on Tubman. "She's been dead for so long. Can't we focus on less historical history?"