The Empire actress was co-hosting when Whoopi Goldberg began discussing the controversy surrounding Univision's Rodner Figueroa's comments about the First Lady that eventually got him fired. "Mind you, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she's part of the cast of Planet of the Apes," Figueroa said on the program El Gordo Y La Flaca.
Perez chimed in first. "A lot of Latin people recognize the fact that we do have African blood in us. A lot of them do not want to recognize that fact, and that's where this stems from. There is a secret in the Latin community, specifically the Caribbean, South American, Central American, Latin community, that they are very racist," she said. "They never want to be in the same group as black people. And it's sad. It's very, very sad."
But Raven wasn't so quick to point fingers. "Was he saying it racist-like? Because he said that he voted for her later and I don't think he was saying it racist," she added.
Perez wasn't buying it, however. As things began to get heated, comedian and co-host Michelle Collins spoke up. "My thing is, I think he's a gay guy. He is a comedian, according to him, and he is bi-racial himself. I have a feeling he said it without even thinking. I think he should be fired for stupidity. If you're too stupid to realize that that's offensive, you should not be on TV," she said.
Perez continued to voice her displeasure with Collins and Raven's stances. "That's disrespect. I am the Latin person here on this table and I would like to tell you that it was racist. Period. And the thing is this is a problem in the Latin community, that we do not talk about that. We do not address [it], and it is real and it was revealed by this man's statement. And you do not disrespect the first lady of our country."
Raven wouldn't back down, though. "Michelle, don't fire me for this right now, but some people look like animals. Is that rude? I look like a bird. Can I be mad if somebody calls me Tucan Sam?"
Watch the whole exchange below: