Raven-Symoné took to Facebook Sunday night to apologize for remarks she made on "The View" about racial name discrimination.
"I'd like to begin by saying that I was not attacking a specific race, but repeating a name that was said in a viral video which has received over 2 million likes," she posted on social media to her 4.8 million followers. "My comment was in poor taste. My lack of empathy toward name discrimination was uncalled for. . . . As an equal opportunity employer, I have never discriminated against a name . . . even though I said I would, it's not true. My comment was in poor taste. My lack of empathy toward name discrimination was uncalled for."
The controversy began following the "Hot Topics" segment on Thursday's episode of "The View," in which the former child star said she would never consider hiring job applicants with a "ghetto" name. Her comments drew fire from viewers, her followers on social media and even her father, Christopher Pearman.
In her Facebook post, Raven Symoné, 29, went on to say: "My comments about discrimination have spun out of control," Symoné wrote Sunday.
On the show, The actress said, "I'm not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It's just not going to happen." She later said that she hadn't intended to attack a specific race and that her statements made reference to a popular clip that has gone viral online.