Raven-Symoné has ABC’s support as a petition calling for her to be booted from The View gains traction online.
“We love Raven,” a network spokesperson tells PEOPLE. “She is confident, genuine and opinionated, all qualities that make her a great addition to the panel.”
After Raven, 29, criticized a high school student who was tackled by a now fired police officer in South Caroline, a Change.org petition calling for her removal popped up. Five days later, it has garnered more than 130,000 signatures.
“We need strong black [role models] in prominent positions on television and Raven Symone cannot provide that,” the petition states.
The controversy began Wednesday when The View co-hosts discussed Deputy Dan Fields body-slamming a black, female teenager after she allegedly refused to leave the classroom while using her cell phone.
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“You can enjoy school, but you have to understand authority. You have to understand that we’re in a violent situation right now,” Raven said. “My mom always taught me: I was born this color, I’m gonna have to deal with the things that are happening, and you come together and work it out. But when I’m in a situation, I definitely don’t want to cause worse things to happen to me. It sucks sometimes.”
This isn’t the first time Raven has landed in hot water on the daytime talk show: She apologized for her “lack of empathy” last month after saying she wouldn’t hire someone with a “ghetto name,” and she defended a Univision host who said first lady Michelle Obama “looks like she’s from the cast of Planet of the Apes” in March.