Raven-Symoné doesn’t seem to think comparing Michelle Obama to an ape is racist.
Last week, Univision news anchor Rodner Figueroa was fired after comparing Michelle Obama to an ape from Planet of the Apes while on air. There’s a long history of racist, dehumanizing tropes that compare black people to animals.
On The View, Symoné was unconvinced when Rosie Perez said that there is racism in Latino communities and that this incident was a clear case of racism.
“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. Not Michelle Obama. Michelle, don’t fire me from this right now, but some people do look like animals. So can I be mad if someone called me Toucan Sam,” Symoné joked.
Yes, Raven. Maybe you should be.