Thursday, July 3, 2014

Raven Symone On Gay Marriage Tweet & Transitioning From Child Actor On “Just Keke”

According to the YBF, Raven Symone appeared on Keke Palmer’s new talk show on BET. She opened up about her gay marriage tweet and dealing with stereotypes of being a child actor. 

Raven tweeted last August:
During the video chat Raven explained why she tweeted her acceptance of gay marriage after legislation was passed to recognize same-sex marriage and how she remains confident in the person she is today. She also opened up about growing up as a child actor and having to deal with the stereotypes that went along with it.
Here are the highlights:
Keke: Now, you sent out a tweet last August saying, “I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you.” Now it made news because of course everybody had the question of, Is this Raven coming out? Is this her moment? Do you want to talk about that?
Raven: I’ll just say I love my LGBT community and I’m part of them for always.
Keke: Yes! Yes! Now you know I have to say because coming up as a child actor, working in Disney Channel, all that type of stuff, people have an idea of who and what and how you should be. So when you sent that tweet out, were you expecting that kind of feedback? Were you prepared for it?
Raven: Girl, I sent it because people are raising stupid laws. Period….
Keke: Now when you first got out of “That’s So Raven,” I really wanna ask this question from me too, because, like I said being a child actor people always want to group you up and keep you the same way. Especially with “Akeelah and the Bee,” I feel like “Akeelah and the Bee” is my Urkel ya’ll. I ain’t never gonna live that one down girl. So how was it, when you changed your hair up different than people expected, it’s not “That’s So Raven,” it’s not Raven Baxter, it’s Raven Symone. What was that like? What was the feedback like? How did you learn to silence all of that?
Raven: That’s a tricky question missy. How do I say this correctly without making people angry? You have to be confident in who you are no matter what your team, background noise or front-ground noise makes. You have to stay strong as long as you’re not, ya know, being a drug addict or nothing crazy then you gotta listen. But when you’re just trying to color your hair, stay strong. It’s hard because people want to continue the brand, continue the look that they created to, I’m being honest, they want continue that look that made them money for so long but sometimes it doesn’t always coincide with who you are as a person…
Keke: {Crying} Raven, I mean you make me cry because I look up to you for so long and it means to much to me to sit here and speak to you and even get a second of your time. What you have done for me and every single girl in this room, we can never pay you back, I thank you so much.
     Sidebar: Watch the chat below.

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