- The Washington Times - Monday, October 12, 2015

The father of “The View” co-host Raven Symoné issued a heartfelt statement Saturday explaining how beautiful and kindhearted his daughter is, even though sometimes “she says some dumb S#%T!”

Christopher B. Pearman took to his Facebook page to address public comments made by his daughter, who’s given name is Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman, about a new study concerning racial bias toward “black-sounding” names.

“I’m not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It’s just not gonna happen. I’m not gonna hire you,” Ms. Symoné said on “The View” last week.

Following a wave of backlash, she issued a statement Monday on Facebook apologizing for her “lack of empathy.”

“I have been denied many jobs because of my skin color, body size, and age. Each time I was rejected, my self esteem was negatively effected, so I empathize with those who feel victimized by what I said,” Ms. Symoné wrote. “My comment was in poor taste. My lack of empathy towards name discrimination was uncalled for.”

Her father called it an “inexcusable gaffe.”

“I haven’t managed Ravens career in over 10 years. This woman is grown, has her own management team, has her own opinions, right or wrong, and is responsible for her own words and actions,” Mr. Pearman wrote. “Children grow up and become influenced by many things, situations and people. I certainly don’t agree with what she said….but she is damn near thirty years old. She’s a grown ass woman making grown ass mistakes. We all have been guilty of this.”

“I did my best as her father, mentor and career manager. I believe I did a Wonderful job. Aside from this inexcusable gaffe, her 29 years in the entertainment industry has been quite successful, for there have been only an Elite Few Child Stars to last this long and have little to no controversy. For this, I am Very Proud! he added. “Raven is a really Beautiful, Sweethearted, Human Being.I should know. Her Mother and I Love her Very much and will always support her and have her back. Even if sometimes……….she says some dumb S#%T!”

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