Two Change.org petitions have been created to call for the removal of Raven- Symoné from “The View” and Don Lemon from CNN after both hosts sparked outrage among viewers for their opinions on the recent altercation between a deputy and student at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, S.C.
Both hosts are known for having their fair share of opinions when it comes to social issues. Raven-Symoné recently landed in hot water for stating that she would not hire someone with an “Africanized” name. And, Lemon received a great amount of criticism after stating that there was an “obvious” smell of marijuana in the air during his coverage of the Ferguson, Mo., unrest.
The Raven-Symoné petition has garnered over 132,000 supporters in the first six days following it’s creation.
“The girl was told multiple times to get off the phone,” said Raven-Symoné on “The View,” referring to the Spring Valley student who was assaulted by the school police officer. “There’s no right or reason for him to be doing this type of harm, that’s ridiculous. But at the same time, you got to follow the rules in school.”
This comment was the final straw for Che Scott-Heron who says in the petition that Raven-Symoné has been “spouting her ignorant and self-hating spiel on ‘The View’ for long enough.”
In contrast, ABC released a statement regarding the petition, saying, “We love Raven. She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel.”
Lemon’s petition was created by Jamell Henderson, who said, Lemon “has consistently antagonized and defamed the characteristics of African-Americans on the national scale in his mass communications.”
After a recent on-air dispute with former federal prosecutor Sunny Hostin, Lemon’s petition has over 36,000 signatures. During the verbal exchange, Lemon argued that the student may have stood up which could have prompted the officer to become physical although there is zero video footage to support that claim.
“We don’t know what happened,” Lemon said. “You weren’t sitting in the room, Sunny. You don’t know if she wasn’t standing up. You do need to know more, and as a prosecutor, you should want to know more.”
CNN has not commented on the petition but Bill O’Reilly has an opinion on both petitions, saying that “freedom of speech in this country is under attack.”