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ravenRaven-Symoné floored co-host Whoopi Goldberg on “The View” by admitting she wouldn’t hire someone with a “ghetto black name.”

The ladies of the ABC show were discussing a study on Friday’s program that said Americans make racist assumptions based on names. When a video clip was played showing kids repeating some exaggerated names, Raven-Symoné dropped the bombshell.

“Just to bring it back, can we take back ‘racist’ and say ‘discriminatory,’ because I think that’s a better word,” Raven-Symoné said.

Whoopi was all for the suggestion — but her co-host wasn’t finished.

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“And I am very discriminatory against words like the ones that they were saying in the video,” Raven-Symoné added. “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.”

(Watermelondrea is the name of a YouTube character portrayed by Tré Melvin.)

Whoopi was taken aback, clutching her chest in a mock gesture.


As it turns out, Watermelondrea wasn’t pleased. Neither were a host of social media users, including Marc Lamont Hill, who summed things up well in a seemingly rare moment of rational thought, when he pointed out that Raven-Symoné has “a non traditional name AND appearance.”

Tune in Monday for the coming apology… here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

Tom Tillison


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