Raven-Symone's dad rips her for saying 'dumb s***!'

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Raven-Symoné's father has joined the list of critics taking issue with "The View" co-host's comments on Africanized names.

In an open letter posted on this Facebook page Friday night, Christopher B. Pearman said he did not agree with his daughter's comments, adding that she sometimes says "dumb shit."

"Raven is a really Beautiful, Sweethearted, Human Being. I should know. Her Mother and I Love her Very much and will always support her and have her back. Even if sometimes.......... she says some dumb S#%T!" he wrote.

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READ MORE: 'The View's' Raven-Symone Says She'd Discriminate Against 'Ghetto' Names

Former child star Symone shocked her fellow co-hosts on Thursday's episode of the ABC daytime show when she insisted that she would never put anyone on the payroll with a "ghetto" name.

"I'm not about to hire you if your name is Watermelondrea. It's just not going to happen."

Symone made the statement during a discussion about a study that found Americans make racist assumptions based on names. The "View" panel then played a YouTube video of kids rattling off "ghetto black names," including "Fo'Landra" and "Elephantisha."

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After Symone made her comments, she was taken to task on social media — prompting her father, who previously served as her talent manager, to speak out.

"There has been much talk today about my daughters comments on her show' The View.' People have been hitting me up all night questioning me about her remarks," he wrote. "This woman is grown, has her own management team, has her own opinions, right or wrong, and is responsible for her own words and actions."

"I did my best as her father, mentor and career manager. I believe I did a Wonderful job. Aside from this inexcusable gaffe, her 29 years in the entertainment industry has been quite successful," he added. "I certainly don't agree with what she said....but she is damn near thirty years old. She's a grown ass woman making grown ass mistakes. We all have been guilty of this."

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Read Pearman's full post below:

"To My Dear Friends,

There has been much talk today about my daughters comments on her show The View. People have been hitting me up all night questioning me about her remarks. Let me say this......I haven't managed Ravens career in over 10 years. This woman is grown, has her own management team, has her own opinions, right or wrong, and is responsible for her own words and actions. A woman wrote to me tonight and said she couldn't support my book because of the words of my daughter. What she fails to realize is that my book is about teaching your child to believe and achieve. Raven has achieved incredible success, and this cannot be denied!

Children grow up and become influenced by many things, situations and people. I certainly don't agree with what she said....but she is damn near thirty years old. She's a grown a** woman making grown a** mistakes. We all have been guilty of this.

I did my best as her father, mentor and career manager. I believe I did a Wonderful job. Aside from this inexcusable gaffe, her 29 years in the entertainment industry has been quite successful, for there have been only an Elite Few Child Stars to last this long and have little to no controversy. For this, I am Very Proud!

Raven is a really Beautiful, Sweethearted, Human Being.I should know. Her Mother and I Love her Very much and will always support her and have her back. Even if sometimes..........she says some dumb S***"

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