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Thousands Sign Petition to Fire Raven-Symoné from 'The View'

by Maya Chung /  / Updated 

A petition to remove Raven-Symoné as a host on ABC’s “The View” has garnered over 100,000 signatures in two days.

Image: Raven Symoné hosts ABC's "The View" on Oct. 6, 2015.
Raven Symoné hosts ABC's "The View" on Oct. 6, 2015.Lou Rocco / ABC via Getty Images

The petition, which is addressed to Barbara Walters, claims that Symoné doesn't represent the views of African Americans, and takes exception to comments she has made on the show about racial issues.

"Raven Symone has been spouting her ignorant and self-hating spiel on The View for long enough… African Americans and black people around the diaspora need a voice representative of their views," the petition on change.org reads.

Most recently, Symoné has received backlash for her comments about a Spring Valley High School student in Columbia, S.C., who was seen in video being flipped to the ground and dragged across a classroom floor by student resource officer Ben Fields. Fields has since been fired.

Symoné implied that both the officer and the girl held responsibility for the ugly encounter on one of the View’s "After the View" segments.

"The girl was told multiple times to get off the phone," Symoné said. "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."

Twitter users quickly jumped in to let the world know how they felt about her statements.

But this isn't the first time Symoné has been called out for her remarks. In another segment of "The View" earlier this month while talking about judging people based on names, Symoné said she would never never hire someone named "Watermelondrea."

Again, people were not pleased.

As of Saturday afternoon, 118,559 people signed the petition.

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