Raven Symone defends TV host's Michelle Obama comment: 'Some people look like animals'
Raven-Symoné may have just put her foot in her mouth, again. Make that both feet.
Appearing as a guest-host on ABC’s “The View” Monday, the actress weighed in on the controversial comments a TV host made about Michelle Obama’s appearance.
During the conversation, Symone seemed to offer a bizarre defense of the now-fired host’s comments.
Univision’s Rodner Figueroa was fired last week for suggesting that the first lady could have been cast in the “Planet of the Apes” franchise.
Regular View host Rosie Perez was livid about the remark, calling it undeniably racist. Symone wasn’t convinced.
“He did say Michelle Obama looks like a cast member of the ‘Planet of the Apes,'” Perez said emphatically.
“But was he saying it ‘racist-like?'” Symoné interjected. “Because [Figueroa] did say he voted for [Michelle] later and I don’t think he was saying it racist.”
“Oh please!” Perez fired back. “That’s like saying, ‘I’m not a racist, but I have black friends.”
Watch the full segment of Raven Symone’s comments below:
After comedian Michelle Collins implied Figueroa’s comments were more “stupid” than racist, Perez went right back on offense.
“I am the Latin person here on this table,” Perez said. “And I would like to tell you that it was racist.”
And that’s where Symoné may have dropped the mic… in a sort of terrible way.
“Michelle don’t fire me for this,” Symoné began, sensing her remark was about to come out the wrong way. “But some people look like animals. Is that rude? I look like a bird… so can I be mad at somebody that calls me ‘Toucan Sam?'”
For the record, we’d be mad regardless. Just mad.