Stacey Dash Receives Backlash

By Paula Davis

Actress Stacey Dash has caused quite a stir after her comments on Fox News’ Jan. 20

airing.

“If we don’t want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the

BET Awards and the [NAACP] Image Awards where you’re only awarded if you’re

black,” said Dash in the interview during the discussion of this year’s Oscar

nomination list and its lack of color.

She also mentioned that the U.S. should do away with Black History Month, stating

that not having a “White History Month” is a “double standard.” Within hours, Dash

and her comments became a trending topic. The actress received major backlash

from millions, including BET.

The network took to social media and posted a picture of Dash on Twitter and

Instagram in an episode of its series “The Game” captioned, “Soooooo

@realstaceyldash, can we get our check back…or nah? #Remember

#YouWereOnTheGame #AndWeDontMeanTheRapper.”

Along with BET, Dash faced criticism from a host of talk shows, including Wendy

Williams’, “The Wendy Williams Show.” After showing the video clip of Dash’s

comments, Williams posed a question to her audience. “Clap if you agree with her.”

Everyone was silent.

In an attempt to clarify her point, Dash published a blog post that further explained

her ideas. On Jan. 28, days before the start of Black History Month, her post read,

“Our accomplishments cannot be limited to 28 days. I am sick of settling for

breadcrumbs.”

Throughout the post, she urges black people to recognize that black history should

be taught year-round, and not to box themselves in by thinking otherwise. With her

blog, Dash made the direction of her words on the Fox News segment clearer.

Unfortunately for her, the clarification came a few days too late. Now that Black

History Month has started, people on social media are making sure that Dash knows

exactly what month is being celebrated.

Maybe next time the “Clueless” star will think twice about delaying an explanation.

 

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