Raven-Symoné, whose real name is Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman, made quite a stir last month when she revealed during her one-on-one interview with Oprah Winfrey that she didn’t want to be labeled.
During the interview for the talk show queen’s OWN series, Oprah: Where Are They Now?, the former child star said, “I don’t want to be labeled ‘gay.’ I want to be labeled ‘a human who loves humans. I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American. I’m not an African American; I’m an American.”
Social media blew up because of those comments and now Raven-Symoné has taken to Facebook to silence her haters.
“I don’t take offense to those that are mad at my personal opinion of myself. Like before, I’m glad there are conversations happening,” she wrote. “Our generation tends to stay comfortable at times, with issues and topics that need to be addressed.”
The That’s So Raven actress then went on to explain that she is annoyed by the bullying from people and how unnecessary the backlash is.
“Keep your disrespectful, mean, hurtful, words in a diary for yourself,” she told her critics, adding, “Personal attacking is not needed, and no matter what race, nationality, culture, or womb you came out of; strive for respect. Strive to be virtuous, so the conversation can lead to great things, other things.”
Whether you agree with Raven-Symoné’s comments or not, you have to admit she has remained gracious throughout the backlash, and it may surprise you to learn that she does have one major celebrity on her side, Clifford “T.I.” Harris.
The Atlanta, Georgia, rapper made an appearance on Larry King Now and showed his support for Raven-Symoné, saying, “I think she has an incredible point. I think we need to find more reasons to unify rather than divide each other. Everybody isn’t meant to be the same.”