Raven-Symone Tells Oprah—Don't Call Me Gay Or African-American!

Raven-Symone is sick and tired of being labeled, specifically regarding her race and sexual orientation.

The actress sat down with Oprah and explained why she doesn't see herself as "gay" or "African American", but simply as a proud American.

Raven came out last year, and doesn't want assumptions made about her.

"I knew when I was, like, 12," the 28-year-old said. "I was looking at everything. 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."

Oprah was clearly startled by this comment, saying "Oh, girl... Don't set up Twitter on fire...Oh, my lord. What did you just say?" to which Raven tried to explain herself in more depth.

"I mean, I don't know where my roots go to," Raven continued. "I don't know how far back they go...I don't know what country in Africa I'm from, but I do know that my roots are in Louisiana. I'm an American. And that's a colorless person... I don't label myself. I have darker skin. I have a nice, interesting grade of hair. I connect with Caucasian. I connect with Asian. I connect with Black. I connect with Indian. I connect with each culture."

Oprah remained unconvinced that Raven wouldn't get torn to shreds on social media but there is a lot of sensibility in what Raven is saying. She is a person first and foremost, not someone else's idea of what an ethnicity or sexual identity should be.

Watch the video below for Raven's full comments!

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