Nationwide — Actress and political commentator Stacey Dash is being criticized again for making comments that some say offend African American culture. First, she publicly stated that we should get rid of Black History Month BET, and then she responded to a tweet from BET accusing them of lying to Black people.
#1 – First, she said this on an episode of Fox News’ Outnumbered:
“We have to make up our minds. Either we want to have segregation or integration, and if we don’t want segregation, then we have to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards, where you’re only awarded if you’re black,” she continued. “If it were the other way around, we’d be up in arms. It’s a double standard. There shouldn’t be a black history month. We’re Americans, period.”
#2 – Then, BET responded via a tweet saying:
“Soooooo @REALStaceyDash can we get our check back… or nah? #Remember #YouWereOnTheGame #AndWeDontMeanTheRapper.”
The tweet was basically criticizing Dash for once co-starring on The Game, a show that airs on BET, the same network she wants to get rid of.
#3 – Then, Dash responded to BET’s tweet saying:
“I’m thankful for all of the acting jobs I’ve had. But I look forward to the day when people don’t self-segregate based on skin color, while loudly complaining about a segregated society.”
“That might be hard for the people at BET to understand, especially after I read this quote from a BET exec about the Oscars: ‘It would be great if the Oscar nominees represented even closely the percentage of moviegoers who are of different ethnicities, but they don’t,’ said Stephen Hill.”
“Wow. Apparently, Mr. Hill doesn’t understand what an Oscar is. Oscars are awarded to the actors and actresses who excel… not the audience.”
“What’s next? Awarding $1 million to the guy sitting in his pajamas on the couch watching Survivor? Giving a blue ribbon to the kid who stayed home from field day? Giving a Nobel Peace Prize to a President who escalated wars in Iraq and Afghanistan? No, that would be unreasonable.”
“My problem goes back to the notion that every area of life needs to break down exactly according to demographic ratios except in those areas in which black people have decided they want to have their own space. I don’t have a problem with black people having their own space. I have a problem with the folks at BET absolutely freaking out when other institutions don’t match up to what they think is best…”
#4 – Then, she accused BET of lying to Black people:
She said, “BET lies to American black people by telling them that the rest of America is racist, so stick close to your own kind. Anything that promotes segregation is bad! And they’re absolutely mortified that someone like me — an independent-thinking black woman — dares call their bluff.”
Of course, since making these comments, social media has been set afire with many people both agreeing and disagreeing with Dash’s opinions. Many, however, say that Dash is just looking for publicity to help promote her new 256-page book, There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative, due in book stores this coming June. Her book deal is reportedly worth six or seven figures.
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