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Thousands of “viewers” have signed a petition to oust controversial co-host, Raven-Symone, from The View.  So far the petition has gained a lot of attention and has over 132,000 signatures.  The petition was prompted by Symone’s controversial comments on the Spring Valley High School incident.

The petition’s statement to Barbra Walters said, “Raven-Symone has been spouting her ignorant and self hating spiel on The View for long enough, from stating that she wouldn’t hire somebody for having a ghetto name, to openly complaining about reverse racism, the final straw was her comment about the recent viral video of the school police officer assaulting the student, where Raven-Symone said ‘get off your phone in school then.’ African Americans and black people around the diaspora need a voice representative of their views and not a voice representative of what white people want us to say. We need strong black rolemodels in prominent positions on television an Raven-Symone cannot provide that. That is why I ask that we petition to remove her from The View.”

ABC quickly addressed the situation by stating, “We love Raven. She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel.”  Many are still outraged with Symone’s various controversial comments, including her recent comments about not hiring someone with a “ghetto name,” and her comments about Michelle Obama.   Many who have signed the petition are hoping that ABC will change their tune, and let Symone go.

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