EPIC response: Famous Disney star defends host who made Michelle Obama joke

You might have heard about the hot water openly-gay Hispanic Univision host Rodner Figueroa landed in when he said Michelle Obama looked like “she’s from the cast of Planet of the Apes.”

He was summarily fired.

He made that comment when discussing a viral video made by a make-up artist who transformed himself into various female celebrities.

Scroll down to see a screenshot from the video. Kind of creepy.

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It’s racist to compare a black person to a simian bi-ped. Of course, not all animals are off limits. You can proudly be a black panther after all. You’ll be fast, but you won’t be as intelligent – but I guess that doesn’t matter.

However, black former Disney star, Raven-Symone didn’t find Figueroa’s comment racist. She just found it rude. But when she appeared on The View and had the gall to express that opinion, she was summarily rebuked.

Nonetheless, she didn’t back down!

From The Blaze, Raven said,

“Was he saying it racist-like? Because he said he voted for her later, and I don’t think he was saying it racist,” she said.

That set off Rosie Perez, who said the assertion that the comment wasn’t racist is like saying, “I’m not racist, but I have black friends.”

“I’m sorry, that is racist!” Perez added. However, Raven-Symone stuck to her guns and reiterated that she doesn’t believe Figueroa’s comments were meant to be racist.

“Michelle, don’t fire me from this right now, but some people look like animals. Is that rude? I look like a bird! So can I be mad if somebody calls me Toucan Sam?” the actress said.”

Sure, Figueroa’s comment was mean and inappropriate, but heck, the name of his show is “El Gordo y la Flaca” which basically translates to the fat guy and the skinny girl. Hey, THAT’S rude too! You can’t call anyone “fat” these days, right?

Should Figueroa have been fired if he said Michelle Obama has some junk in the trunk? Is that racist? Well, so does Kim Kardashian. So I guess it’s booty-ist.

We have become so hyper-sensitive about “race” in this nation that we cannot even have a rational discussion about civility.

Rush Limbaugh commented this week that if Kanye West recorded a song using the lyrics sung by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity members in Oklahoma, it would be a hit.

I am personally offended by the use of the b-word and the w-word (usually spelled with two letters beginning with h) so prevalent in contemporary rap music.

Yet none of those artists are ever called out as being disrespectful towards women.

The double standards and faux outrage are reprehensible, and will forever keep us from moving ahead. But maybe that’s the whole point.

[Note: this article was written by Michele Hickford, Editor-in-Chief]

80 COMMENTS

  1. I never liked Raven the years she’s been around. I don’t think much of her as a singer or actress. I have recently though developed a respect for her. She gets it. She’s intelligent enough to know when things aren’t racist unlike some other people.

    Hell, today you can’t say anything about a black person, especially the Obummers without being called racist.

      • Say you disagree with his policies, it’s racist
        Say you think Obamacare is crap, it’s racist
        Say his removing Iran from Terrorist list is bad judgement, it’s racist.

        You cannot disagree with Obama because he’s a bad president, it’s all because he’s black, hence makes it racist.

      • No… I never said that.
        Only idiots on the far radical left call any criticism of the President racist.

        if you think all Obama supporters think any criticism of him is racist, you’re not paying attention.

      • Don’t think I’m the one not paying attention. Especially since Obama has said himself that people only disagree with him cause he’s black.

      • And remember how Michelle complained that a person asked her to get something off a high shelf because she’s black? It never occurred to her that it might have been because she’s tall.

      • when it is HIS people and pundits on the left, it makes it look like all liberals agree- same thing you do with the pundits on the right. WE are all being played- none of the elites care a hoot if it is or isn’t racist they are just glad we are at each others throats and letting them continue to take over and destroy liberty as they march the rest of us to serfdom!! look up one world order- Jekyll Island, Council on Foreign Relations , formation of the UN –its all the same people from BOTH PARTIES plus the communists, and we are the pawns. BLAZE network- Principles not politics

      • Right on target Les K. Obamaistas are the one’s hung up on race. There is only one card in their deck, the race card. Holder has said that people in protected classes can not commit civil rights abuses. The New Black Panthers, NAACP or Congressional Black Caucus can not be racist or act racist because they are protected. Whites are guilty because of privilege even if they immigrated from europe yesterday.

      • nothing funny about you being so wrong!..Give it up brendan or is it brenda…either way, nothing funny about your lack of any sense..stupid yes funny…..not so much, unless of course, you need to be stupid to support obama, now I get it..just a sheep following orders never mind,.sorry, you are funny!

  2. If you can’t see how saying the First Lady of the US, who also happens to be the first black First Lady, looks like a monkey then you are too far gone for any reasonable discussion!

  3. But she does look like an ape…what is the big deal. Her husband doesn’t but she does…not racist just that she looks lke an ape, big f-ing deal!

      • Sorry…. but no it doesn’t. And I honestly think she does look like a baboon. I knew a guy in the Army that called an ugly black woman a buffarilla. Said she looked like a cross between a buffalo and a gorilla. Does that make him racist? Oh, btw… he was black.

      • “Buffarilla” is a common Southern (and rude) term to describe very large heavy women… it does not pertain only to black women, but is used to describe large women of any race. Tell the guys “She was like a buffarilla when she came through that door!” and every Southerner knows exactly what you mean. .

      • who gets to say what looks like what to another person- very old truism- beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Also what someone’s looks remind us of, has as much to do with our experiences in our as it does our vision.

  4. I really don’t understand why anyone who believes in evolution and humans evolving from apes would get upset when a human is compared to an ape…..Irony….

  5. Lots of folks on here falling for the game. Divide us, put us at odds with one another, conquer us. Focus on the big picture; we’re all Americans, white, black, pink or purple. Speech is free, whether pleasant or inflammatory. Say your piece, then move on. Don’t have to like it or agree. Just respect the other’s right to have that opinion.

    • So why are people allow to use words like N*GGER, KOON and APE on this black man’s site? The saddest part is almost no one says a word against it…NOT EVEN ALLEN WEST!

      • that’s what he just said- say what you want and like it hate it or ignore it. It at least tells you something about the person who said it. me calling you a name, doesn’t mean a thing to anyone but me, and those who wish to attach a meaning to it. If i am telling a LIE about your actions, you can sue me . If I am asking people to hurt you or do anything that is violence , you have cause to deal with me legally. otherwise, it is just me running my mouth. If you don’t appreciate what Isay, you have a right to say so. but making a law to shut me out is NOT an option.

  6. Well, I am pretty tired of Black Racism. Everything that happens to a black person these days is because somebody else is a racist… That’s a bunch of crap. If the Black community doesn’t want “unarmed” black men to get shot by cops, keep them from attacking cops! That seems like such a simple problem to solve, but not to them. Somebody jokes about Michele Obama and gets ruined for it… Liberal, Black, Racist jerkoffs on the attack. It is surprising that the Black population can exist, their collective skin being so thin. They glorify the murder of cops, misogyny, racist attacks on whitey, and welfare, but feel oh, so offended when somebody makes a joke about one of their favored icons. Raven-Symone seems to be an exception to the rule these days. It is unlikely she will be invited to any White House parties in the near future.

    • hope we can help stop being racist by– speaking to the individual and NOT attributing the NewaMedia,Jackson and Sharpton “voices” as being speaking for BLACKS. when we speak back to another’s wrongness of Grouping people by race, by grouping people by race, we are contributing to the problem.

  7. Much of the Black Community , if not Most of them would like all this racist BS to go away too. The blacks I have talked to- who were strangers until one of us spoke- always agree that the JJacksons and ASharptons type of Blacks who are just about making a buck and keeping the BS going are Not appreciated by most Blacks Whites Reds and Yellows. good people know how to GET over things , forgive the past and make a future. The ones who have been raised to believe everyone owes them something or all the problems are caused by someone else, are the real problems in our society. Kids who have too much given to them and not enough expected from them are just lost souls who unknowingly are looking for their purpose in life. They are responsible for them selves and you and I need to teach them that whenever we have a chance. There are some who you may be the only one who ever cares enough to tell them.

    • You act like racism has just disappeared! Sorry but its still out there…and when people speak up against the racist treatment they receive….its REAL! Unless you’ve walked in a black person’s body…please SHUT UP!

      • Much of the Black Community , if not Most of them would like all this racist BS to go away too. The blacks I have talked to- who were strangers until one of us spoke- always agree that the JJacksons and ASharptons type of Blacks who are just about making a buck and keeping the BS going are Not appreciated by most Blacks Whites Reds and Yellows. good people know how to GET over things , forgive the past and make a future. Any one of any color who has been raised to believe everyone owes them something or all the problems are caused by someone else, are the real problems in our society. Kids who have too much given to them and not enough expected from them are just lost souls who unknowingly are looking for their purpose in life. They are responsible for them selves and you and I need to teach them that whenever we have a chance. There are some who you may be the only one who ever cares enough to tell [email protected] uncle rukus nothing I said references dealing with Racist acts committed today. It is never appropriate to treat anyone poorly regardless of their race or gender or any other status. You treat everyone decent( as you would like to be treated). No one black white red yellow is responsible for the actions of others, and things that happened years or even hours ago are the responsibility of the ones who did them. Racism is the blaming of many for the acts of One, based on the race of those not involved, but who are only related by being same race as the perpetrator. using it for an excuse to expect less of yourself is hurting YOU more than anyone else.

  8. We have all lost our sense of humor. C’mon guys!! If we get offended every time someone says something meant to be funny, we will live very sad, bitter lives. Laugh a little.

  9. Michelle Obama is a thug RACIST – just like Obama.

    BigMo got the man fired before he could defend himself – for the “misinterpretation”.

    The fshow was in Spanish.

    The host said that the makeup artist’s interpretation of Michelle Obama had her looking like she was from the Planet of the Apes.

    • Besides, there was a photo of.a chimpanzee posted a few months back w it’s lips pursed and a wild-eyed look on its face. Next to it was a photo of Michelle Obama. They looked alike.

      Since the Obamas believe in evolution – then what is the Big Deal?

      Must be small brains as guerillas.

  10. The Obamas should stop their Racist bullshyt. They are a Disgrace to The United States of America.

    Obama pulled his racist crap in ISRAEL and got his a$$ handed to him.

    Sending operatives to ISRAEL =Obamas campaign operatives to manipulate an election in a FOREIGN country = (to overthrow Netanyahu) –
    is against US LAWS.

    Michelle Obama does look like an ape.

  11. I’m no fan of either the President of the First Lady, but it was rude and inappropriate to say what he said about Michelle Obama in an interview that would go public. People have been fired for less. I don’t like attacks on the family, even if the role is somewhat official and public service in nature. She could do nothing as some first ladies have done, but would be criticized for that, too. She didn’t run for office, she is not fair game.

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