Disney Offered to Make Raven-Symone’s Character Gay in That's So Raven Reboot – Screen Rant

Disney asked Raven-Symone if she wanted to make Raven Baxter gay in the That’s So Raven reboot Raven’s Home, but the star turned down the offer.
Disney offered to make Raven-Symoné’s character gay in the That’s So Raven reboot, Raven’s Home. The supernatural sitcom saw much success over its four-year run on Disney Channel from 2003 – 2007. Symoné starred as Raven, a teenager coping with psychic abilities who winds up in various amusing scenarios alongside her best friends Eddie (Orlando Brown) and Chelsea (Anneliese van der Pol). The reboot era saw the series revived as Raven’s Home, seeing Raven and Chelsea as divorced single mothers who move their families together. Premiering in 2017, the series has been met with positive responses.
Symoné revealed to PRIDE podcast that Disney asked her if she wanted Raven to return as a lesbian. The comic performer told the publication why she ultimately turned down their proposal:
“There was a conversation before the series started, and I was asked the question, ‘Would you like Raven Baxter to be a lesbian?’ And I said, no. I said no. The reason I said no wasn’t because I wasn’t proud of who I was, or I didn’t want to represent the LGBTQ+ community in any way. It was because Raven Baxter is Raven Baxter is Raven Baxter. And Raven Baxter is a character that I was proud to play, even if she is straight, cisgender — I don’t mind — let her have her moment.”
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It’s clear Symoné wanted to stay true to her character, who had only ever dated men throughout the original series. While this is not to say she couldn’t have come out in the future, the actress’ decision was also aided by the fact that she wanted to keep some separation from herself and the fictional Raven. In the interview, she acknowledged and accepted that most people see her as the DCOM persona and said she likes having differences from her in real life.
Disney’s offer to their That’s So Raven leading lady aligns with their attempts to be more inclusive over the years. While some baby steps have been made, the media conglomerate (and most major studios) have leaps to go until proper LGBTQ+ representation is reached.
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Source: PRIDE
Robert Peterpaul is a Movie/TV News Writer for Screen Rant. He’s currently the host of The Art of Kindness podcast, which aims to showcase celebrities using their platform to make the world better. Peterpaul has been a professional Writer/ Editor for over eight years, writing for high-profile publications like HuffPost, Backstage and HOLA! USA, where he served as the Weekend Editor for six years. Robert has also worked on various television shows and films, including: NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and “Access Hollywood.” When he’s not writing about entertainment, he’s entertaining. Robert has appeared in films like James Franco’s “King Cobra,” TV series such as Amazon Prime’s “New Dogs, Old Tricks,” and ad campaigns for brands like T-Mobile. He also has a long-running career in the theatre, getting his start Off-Broadway when he was child. Speaking of childhood, Robert’s second home growing up was blockbuster, where he rented “The Goonies” more times than any customer (always with a side of Sour Patch Kids, of course). His undying passion for entertainment and storytelling continues to thrive. He thanks you for reading and hopes you follow your bliss. You can follow him on Instagram/Twitter @robpeterpaul and at www.robertpeterpaul.com.


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