The Most Controversial Things Raven-Symoné Has Ever Said

Raven-Symoné turns 30 on December 10. And in her 30 years on the planet (specifically in the last 10 or so), she's had some interesting thoughts. As you may know, she constantly feels compelled to share them with the world.

Following the run of her namesake show That's So Raven (pause to finish singing the theme song in your head), Symoné has stepped in as a co-host on The View. The morning talk show offers her seemingly endless opportunities to offend a vast array of different people. Her questionable quotes don't end with the show. Some of her most headline-worthy speeches have surfaced in interviews with other outlets.

To commemorate her three decades, we're looking back at her most notable bon mots. If things get too disheartening, just think back to a simpler time when she was just a young up-and-coming actress talking to a bear.
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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.
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"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.
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"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."
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"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?"
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"I am from every continent in Africa, except for one."

Oh....oh Raven, no.
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"I do not judge every single white person in the history of America for something that they did 17 million years ago."

While defending Elisabeth Hasselbeck for a question the Fox News anchor posed about Sandra Bland, a Black woman who died while in police custody, Symoné dismissed the actions of white people "17 million years ago." It's unclear if she was referencing slavery (abolished about 150 years ago), segregation (officially outlawed around 50 years ago), or institutionalized racism including prejudiced hiring practices and police brutality (which are still happening right now).
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"It's the same thing dealing with transgender, [Rachel Dolezal] said she's felt like she's Black since she was 5 years old, we've had to have these conversations with transgender, and other identity social unbalances in the brain."

After saying this, she did ask her co-hosts to forgive her for her wording, but she did suggest (after Whoopi Goldberg compared Dolezal to Caitlyn Jenner) that Dolezal feeling that she is Black is comparable to Jenner identifying as a woman.
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