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Will this petition really change how Raven Symone acts?

Raven Symone has stirred up quite the bit of controversy since she landed a seat on The View in June. 

Her questionable comments on the talk show have landed her in hot water so often that a petition has started circulating that demands her removal.

It reads:

“Raven Symone has been spouting her ignorant and self hating spiel on the view for Long [sic] enough…African Americans and black people around the diaspora need a voice representative of their views and not a voice representative of what white people want us to say. We need strong black rolemodels [sic] in prominent positions on television an Raven Symone cannot provide that. That is why I ask that we petition to remove her from The View.”

Her comments on the recent assault at Spring Valley High are cited as the “last straw,” after Raven-Symone sympathized with Officer Fields, and stated that the assaulted girl should have been “following the rules.”

That wasn’t the first time Raven-Symone angered people of color, though. Raven found herself in the hot seat last month when she said she wouldn’t hire someone with a “ghetto” name.

“I am very discriminatory against [names] like that,” she says, laughing.

She was also accosted when she lent her support to “All Lives Matter.”

“I understand what the ‘Black Lives Matter’ hashtag means. It came in conjunction with everything that was going on with the police in Ferguson. You have to be sensitive in that statement, but [Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley] is right, all lives matter… I think you have to open yourself up. It should be all lives matter,” she said.

Raven-Symone notoriously rejected her label as African-American woman in an interview with Oprah last year, claiming that she is simply “American, and that is a colorless person.”

Later, she clarified her statement: “I never said I wasn’t black, I said I wasn’t an African-American — to me, that’s a difference.” She then followed up with the statement by claiming she is from every *continent* in both Africa and Europeexcept for two.

Raven’s latest antic includes eating Chick-fil-A on air:

Within the first two days of its existence, the petition garnered over 100,000 signatures. It now needs just over 13,000 more signatures to reach its goal of 150,000.

The View isn’t ready to get rid of Raven just yet, though.

A statement was released by ABC Network shortly after the petition went viral: “We love Raven. She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel.”

Che Scot Waterson, the petition’s original creator, posted a “clarification” two days before the network made its statement:

“i am highly aware that the likelihood that The View will remove Raven Symone is very slim, but this petition has created conversation, it has unified us, it has brought awareness to the issue and public media sources have stated out complaints, that is the first step, she may not lose her job but she will read the comments and understand the black population is not happy with her.”

But it seems that The View’s hosts are tired of apologizing. Joy Behar says, “The View has become, ‘We didn’t really mean it! We’re sorry! We didn’t mean to say it like that!’ We have to stop saying that.”

Raven follows up by saying, “It’s free speech until you say something that offends somebody.”

What do you guys think?