Raven Symone Tells Miley Cyrus ‘I Said it First’ on Sexuality and Race Labeling
Raven Symone recently appeared as a guest co-host filling in for Whoopi Goldberg on “The View” and weighed in on some comments Miley Cyrus recently made about her gender identification and sexuality.
Miley recently spoke to the Associated Press and Out Magazine about having relationships that weren’t solely heterosexual and not wanting to have a specific gender label.
Here’s a snippet of what Miley actually told Out: “I didn’t want to be a boy. I kind of wanted to be nothing. I don’t relate to what people would say defines a girl or a boy, and I think that’s what I had to understand: Being a girl isn’t what I hate, it’s the box that I get put into.”
When asked to share how she felt about what Miley had to say, Raven voiced her support for Miley’s comments while still throwing a little bit of shade.
“Miley, I agree with you and, girl, I said it first,” Raven said.
Raven’s “I said it first” dig is in reference to her 2014 interview with Oprah Winfrey where she spoke about not wanting to be labeled as a specific race or certain type of sexuality.
Raven then proceeded to play a clip from her interview with Oprah where she said, “I don’t want to be labeled gay. I want to be labeled a human who loves humans. I’m tired of being labeled. I’m an American. I’m not an African-American. I’m an American.”
If you don’t remember, Raven caught a lot of flack for saying that she is not African American, so she clarified her statement once again on “The View.”
“They thought I said I wasn’t black and I didn’t want to be labeled,” Raven explained, adding, “Miley, I agree, we should not be labeled because it creates tension between people and you feel like you can look down, like that’s this type of person and this is how I should feel about you.”
Check out a video of Raven’s response to Miley on “The View” here:
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