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Raven Symone‘s been causing a lot of controversy lately, but now she’s trying to clarify the racial comments that had people raising their eyebrows.

In an interview with E! News, Raven discussed the comments that made her an instant trending topic, including her defense of a news anchor who insulted Michelle Obama, as well as the time she told Oprah she doesn’t think of herself as an African-American.

On defending a Univision host’s comments about Michelle Obama looking like “part of the cast of Planet of the Apes:

“I don’t think I was defending. I think he got fired for a reason. It was very distasteful what he said, it was very distasteful. And I don’t believe she looks like one at all. I don’t believe she should’ve been casted, but I do know that a lot of people I know have animal traits.”

“I think any time something is dealing with race, that is still an open wound and you try to look at it from a different standpoint, people are gonna get mad. Especially when it’s socially out, blasted, and people don’t read the whole story. Just like a lot of my comments. People don’t read into the whole story and start making things and they say, I said this and I said this and I’m trying to be a different race, but I’m not trying to be.”

And what did she really mean when she told Oprah she didn’t like the “African-American label?”

“I never said I wasn’t black. I said I wasn’t African American and to me, that’s a difference,” she explains and mentions that she recently found out, thanks to a DNA test from Ancestry.com, that she’s actually from almost every country in Africa and Europe.

“We are a melting pot of beauty. We have to embrace the different cultures we have. And if you don’t, we’re still gonna have these problems that are blasting up everywhere. And call me hippie, call me a free-thinker, call me someone that’s looking for a better life, but I wanna be in a better world.”

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