Raven-Symone Defends Anchor's Michelle Obama Ape Joke: "Some People Do Look Like Animals" (Video)
The 'Empire' actress made her argument while guest-hosting 'The View.'
Raven-Symone is defending a controversial joke.
Univision host Rodner Figueroa was fired last week after he said that Michelle Obama "looks like she's from the cast of Planet of the Apes," but Symone thinks people were overly sensitive about the comment.
"I don’t think he was saying it [in a] racist [way]," Symone said Monday while guest-hosting The View. "Not Michelle Obama. Michelle, don't fire me from this right now, but some people do look like animals."
After co-host Rosie Perez argued that the statement was indeed racist and was disrespectful to the First Lady, Symone continued to make her point. "Is that rude?" she asked. "I look like a bird, so can I be mad if somebody calls me Toucan Sam?"
The Empire actress took to Twitter on Tuesday to further explain her remarks. "My opinion/comments aren't based off race, that doesn't mean I'm trying to be a different race all together," Symone wrote. "I love OUR history, family...."
Video of the segment can be seen below, beginning at 8:16. Symone's tweets are also below.
Some comments are rude, some are disrespectful, and some are racist. Try to not exchange one for the other.— Raven-Symonè (@MissRavenSymone) March 18, 2015
My opinion/comments arn't based off race, that doesn't mean i'm trying to be a different race all together. I love OUR history, family....— Raven-Symonè (@MissRavenSymone) March 18, 2015
We have Irish Culture, African Culture, Asian Culture, Indian Culture Many more running through the veins of AMERICA! Come on yung peeps— Raven-Symonè (@MissRavenSymone) March 18, 2015