She was born Raven-Symoné Christina Pearman, and when she took over on The Cosby Show (arguably after the shark had been jumped), America had a new sweetheart.
Just look at her!
Following her stint with Dr. Cosby, she hung out with Mr. Cooper before leaving TV to focus on her singing career. After that petered out, she returned to the Disney Channel for a variety of things including, of course, ‘That’s So Raven.’
Lately, she has been a little enigmatic about being so Raven…until she appeared on Oprah and refused to be labeled as anything except “human.”
Oprah’s show on the OWN Network, with which she has managed to retain many of the “soccer moms” that powered her heyday, is known as Where Are They Now? Her most recent guest was the adult version of Raven, and she asked some pertinent questions, regarding a story that began with this mysterious tweet in May 2012.
My sexual orientation is mine, and the person I’m datings to know. I’m not one for a public display of my life.
— Raven-Symonè (@MissRavenSymone) May 18, 2012
Turns out that Raven was miffed at her former fans for raising rumors about her sexual preference. The news cycle died, as did the rumors. And then, her state government legalized gay marriage. A week later, this happened:
I can finally get married! Yay government! So proud of you
— Raven-Symonè (@MissRavenSymone) August 2, 2013
Of course, the question concerned whether Ms. Symone had come out of the proverbial closet on that day. We think she knew precisely what she was doing: she was back in the spotlight, right where she wanted to be. And then she disappeared.
Back with Oprah, Raven had some interesting comments about how she wants to be “labeled”. She prefers the most general category: “Human.”
“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.”
Good luck with that. [Note: I can’t even vote without those old farts demanding that I a pick a party they can stamp on my card. I’m a raging independent if you must know, so I only vote in generals. But hey, I try during the primaries.]
Oprah’s retort “don’t set Twitter on fire” in the video below is hilarious. She also kept pushing Raven to pick an ethnicity. Kind of like what happened to Tiger Woods when he got into the PGA…
You’ll see. Tweet her if you want. She talks back at times too. Just don’t call her Olivia.