Actress Raven-Symone caught flak for a comment about Hip Hop artists, including T.I., that she co-signed over the weekend.
Symone reposted a tweet by Arrested Development’s Speech criticizing JAY-Z, Swizz Beatz, T.I. and the other rappers who posed in a Grammy weekend photo that previously went viral. In her caption to the repost, the former The View co-host appeared to approve of Speech’s criticism.
In his comment, Speech blasted the rappers for profiting off “perpetuating the worst Black stereotypes.”
Symone has since deleted the repost and offered the following explanation for the deletion:
“Deleted my post because the comments were not something I want my underage followers looking at. I’m not deleting because I don’t believe in what I said.”
Although Raven’s repost is no longer present on her Instagram page, news of her approving of Speech’s comment did make its way back to T.I., and his response was immediate.
“@ravensymone Our sins ain’t no greater than yours ma’am. The air must be thin as hell up there on that high horse you sittin on. Somebody please let me know…WTF up wit shawty?,” he wrote.
Symone has yet to issue a response to T.I.’s comment. As for Speech, the Arrested Development founder fully stands by the remarks he made.
“A lot of Hip Hop artists have been congratulated by a white supremacist system of thinking that congratulates people…And puts out music that pretty much promotes our destruction,” Speech said in a video he uploaded to social media on Sunday (February 4).
Speech’s criticism is nothing new though. As he notes in the above video, “It’s stuff that I’ve been saying for 25 years.”