Insert Foot in Mouth: 6 times Raven-Symone has made controversial remarks

It’s probably safe to say that there are two African American women in America who consistently make controversial comments, one is former Clueless star and current Republican correspondent Stacey Dash, and the other is child star Raven-Symone.

No, these two aren’t friends…they just both happen to always stick their foot in their mouth.

It’s happened again today, and this time it’s Raven-Symone who said that she doesn’t think Harriet Tubman should be put on the US $20 bill.

***Sigh…she just doesn’t seem to learn her lesson and makes controversial remarks over and over again, so let’s have a look at some of Raven-Symone’s most controversial comments.

1) Harriet Tubman comments

The first controversial moment comes just from today when Raven-Symone said she didn’t agree with Harriet Tubman being touted as the best candidate for the new $20 bill. Her comment was so controversial that it was even trending on Twitter. She had said on The View:

“No offense to everyone whos going to be mad at me for saying this: I dont like that idea. I dont like it…I think we need to move a little bit forward. Let me just preface [by saying], I understand the history. I get it, trust me. I was taught, Im in that culture. But theres also Wilma Mankiller, theres also Rosa Parks, Eleanor Roosevelt, and Harriet Tubman…Me personally, I wouldve chosen Rosa Parks. I would have chosen someone that is closer to the progression that were doing now.”

2) Michelle Obama Ape comment

When Univision host Rodner Figueroa said that US First Lady Michelle Obama should be a cast member in the Planet of The Apes, most people were outraged. Not Raven-Symone however, she actually defended the host and didn’t see the comment as racist at all while being a co-host on The View.

“Was he saying it racist-like? Because he said that he voted for her later, and I don’t think he was saying it racist…Michelle, don’t fire me from this right now, but some people look like animals. I look like a bird. So can I be mad if somebody calls me Toucan Sam?”

Raven-Symone sure has a knack for making people upset with her (Nicky Nelson/

Raven-Symone sure has a knack for making people upset with her (Nicky Nelson/


3) Not being “African American”

When Raven sat down for an interview with Oprah for a special “Where Are They Now?” interview, Raven angered many when she said she didn’t want to be labeled as gay or African American.

Im tired of being labeled. Im an American. Im not an African-American; Im an American.

4) Defending her “African American” comment

It seems that Raven only dug a deeper hole for herself when she tried to defend the comments from her Oprah interview. Speaking to E! News this time, it seems she only made the situation worse, as she continued to be criticized on social media despite clarifying the comments.

“I never said I wasn’t Black. I said I wasn’t African American. To me, that’s a difference. Thank you to, actually, for sending me my DNA test. I am from every continent in Africa, except for one. And I am from every continent in Europe, except for one. And for the last 400 years, my family has been living in Virginia. How long do you have to be in one country before you’re that?”

5) Lindsay Lohan comment?

Okay, this next moment was probably only controversial for Lindsay Lohan fans. In the same interview with Oprah, Raven-Symone seemed to throw shade at Lindsay Lohan who is often photographed by paparazzi when she hangs out with friends at restaurants or nightclubs. Oprah had asked Raven-Symone about child stars going off the rails as they get older.

Its unnecessary to go to the most popular restaurant in the world when you have a scandal on your head and then get mad that someones gonna take a picture of you. Thats your fault, Boo-Boo. Stay in the house. 

6) Her views of the N word

When star of Empire Terrence Howard expressed his desire to use the N word on the show, many people began to debate about whether or not it should be used since the word is often used in real life amongst the black community. Of course, Raven-Symone can’t seem to do any right and when she weighed in on the controversy, she angered many for expressing that in today’s generation, it’s not as racist and implied that everyone should be able to say it.

“We don’t look at it as racism as the way your generation does. We’re trying to move forward.”