During a segment on After The View, Symoné engaged in the ultimate victim-blaming when she said that the student thrown to the ground and body-slammed by South Carolina deputy Ben Fields should have been following the rules.
"The girl was told multiple times to get off the phone," Symoné said. "There's no right or reason for him to be doing this type of harm — that's ridiculous — but at the same time, you gotta follow the rules in school. First of all, why are there cell phones in school? This shouldn't even be a problem to begin with, and he shouldn't have been acting like that on top of it."
Fields was caught on video flipping over the student's desk with her sitting in the attached chair, then dragging her out of the classroom. He has since been fired from his post.
Symoné did bring up Fields’ record of complaints, but still managed to turn it around on the victim once again.
"He was actually sued for false arrest, excessive force and battery in 2007, after a couple accused him of manhandling them," she read from a paper on the table in front of her. "He has a record and he's still hired. But at the same time, get off yo' phone. You are in school. Get off yo' phone."
Symoné’s comments begin at the 2:50 mark.
Needless to say, her remarks did not win her any fans, even angering a celebrity.
Raven Symone you do not think before you say certain things smh. Just to think I was a fan of "that so Raven"— Isaiah Thomas (@Isaiah_Thomas) October 28, 2015
Now that Elizabeth Hasselbeck is gone from the View, Raven-Symoné should change her name to Elizabeth Hassleblacks. #RavenSymone— SNIPES! (@ChocnessMonsta) October 28, 2015
Raven Symone states her unpopular opinion just so she can stay relevant— AUTUMN. (@autumnfvll) October 28, 2015
i want raven symone at my funeral to lower me into my grave so she could let me down one last time— ari (@chordoverteith) October 28, 2015
Raven Symone: She shouldn't have been on her cell phone. Raven's Dad: Told y'all she says dumb sh!t. Everybody: pic.twitter.com/7g6lC8Ei6T— Stephen Anfield (@StephenAnfield) October 28, 2015
People, Raven Symone is just saying if Simon Legree murdered Uncle Tom it's probably because Uncle Tom was up to something.— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) October 28, 2015
2015 Raven Symone is really ruining my childhood for me— sunlight bitch (@cee_haley) October 28, 2015
@deray can we start a gofundme page to raise funds to ship Raven Symone, Don Lemon, and Stacey Dash to a planet as far away as possible?— IG: MrCouture (@MrCouture) October 28, 2015
Symoné has not provided any further commentary on the issue.
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