The Root

Raven-Symoné’s week on The View has been an interesting one. Earlier this week, during a segment discussing Rodner Figueroa’s firing from Univision for comparing Michelle Obama to something from Planet of The ApesSymoné made comments that seemed to defend the Univision host.

As Rosie Perez was attempting to explain racism within the Latino community, Symoné raised eyebrows with her comments.

“But was he saying it racist-like? Because he said he voted for her later. And I don’t think he was saying it racist,” Symoné said.

Even though Perez insisted the comment was racist, Symoné still challenged it.

“Not Michelle Obama. Michelle, don’t fire me from this right now, but some people do look like animals,” Symoné joked.

“So can I be mad if someone called me Toucan Sam?” Symoné said.

Now after making the comments, Symoné is attempting to clarify what she meant.

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Symoné talked about why she thinks her comments caused drama. “I don’t think they heard what I said,” she said. “I did not defend the man. I said that what he said was very distasteful. And I think that the organization is in the right to fire him. And I don’t believe that she looks like a racially charged animal that has been connected to the black community for years and years.”

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