I mean, that is why the show invited controversial — and very conservative — political commentator Ann Coulter to discuss her views on immigration reform, right? It's highly unlikely producers expected the group to sit down and chat over tea and crumpets; their only goal was to pit the women against each other and grab a bowl of popcorn for themselves.
Coulter and The View host Raven-Symoné did not disappoint.
As Coulter proceeds to make inflammatory comments about immigrants being mostly low-wage workers — one of the points in her new book, Adios, America — she's met with calm opposition from The View guest hosts Padma Lakshmi and Ana Navarro. Coulter seems game to engage in debate over the topic with Lakshmi and Navarro, but when Raven-Symoné attempted to enter the conversation, Coulter wasn't havin' it.
"I have a question," Raven-Symoné interjected. "My mom taught me when I was younger, 'If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all,' and, why do you think that it's important to mud-sling and have these words that obviously touch the hearts and souls of so many people in America being said, when we're taught something different as a child? Can you explain that to me? And why do you think your success is based off of that?"
After the briefest of pauses, Coulter emphatically answered, "Well, I'm at least talking about policy. You have a position on what people's names should be. Watermelondrea... I mean, you'll insult people for their names. I'm talking about a government policy that affects all Americans, and immigrants, and the people living here — and it's harming our country. So you don't follow it."
Coulter, of course, was referring to recent racially charged comments made by Raven-Symoné while talking about a recent study that found people linked "black-sounding" names to aggression.
“Can we take back racist and say discriminatory?” Raven-Symoné said on the show last week. “Because I think that’s a better word. And I am very discriminatory against words like the ones that they were saying in the video. I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It’s just not going to happen. I’m not going to hire you.”
Ann Coulter schooling another person for being racist is a concept that's kind of hard to wrap your head around, and the irony wasn't lost on Twitter users.
When Ann Coulter comes for Raven's existence but you can't celebrate because it's Ann Coulter pic.twitter.com/8ZvNcqVTy0— Ziwe (@Ziweeee) October 16, 2015
Ann Coulter on The View was like "Girl, bye." She's still horrible. And Raven is horrible. The View is horrible.— Francisco Luis White (@FranciscoLWhite) October 16, 2015
Cubs and Mets playing in mid October? Playboy stopped showing titties? Ann Coulter snatching up black girls WITH black support? #EndofDays— SNIPES! (@ChocnessMonsta) October 16, 2015
I bet Raven is SO mad but have to keep it together till show end.That was real shade Ann Coulter. .wow watermelondrea vs "policy" #TheView— ona (@nasokib) October 16, 2015
Raven Symone just got called out by Ann Coulter ... wrong person to do so but i did giggle. #TheView— oDessa (@oblessa) October 16, 2015
At least the messy exchange does have a silver lining: some of these Twitter responses are seriously LOL-worthy.
Watch a clip of Coulter's appearance below.
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