Fox News cultural correspondent Stacey Dash has ignited another social media firestorm with her comments on Hollywood diversity in light of the potential boycott of this year’s Academy Awards.
Dash appeared Wednesday on the Fox News segment “Outnumbered” and stated that not only is the outrage over the Oscars “ludicrous,” but that in order to be truly equal, African Americans should be doing away with things that focus on celebrating black culture.
“We have to make up our minds,” Dash said. “Either we want segregation or integration. And if we don’t want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards where you’re only awarded if you’re black. If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard.”
This is not the first time Dash, an actress best known for her performance in “Clueless,” released in 1995, has courted controversy. On a December edition of “Outnumbered,” Dash made a profanity-laden remark about President Obama’s feelings toward terrorism and earned an unpaid, two-week suspension from Fox News for her comments.
Dash also made headlines in the wake of last year’s Oscars ceremony where she asserted that Patricia Arquette’s acceptance speech about pay inequality was appalling, later declaring that a pay gap between the sexes doesn’t exist.
Even Black History Month wasn’t safe from Dash’s ire. “There shouldn’t be a Black History Month. You know? We’re Americans. Period. That’s it,” the actress stated, leading host Steve Doocy to follow up with, “Are you saying there shouldn’t be a Black History Month because there isn’t a white history month?” To which Dash replied, “Exactly.”
Dash also took the opportunity to finger President Obama.
“What I found astounding is that we’ve had a president — who is black — in office for the past eight years who gets most of his funding from the liberal elite in Hollywood, and yet there are not that many roles for people of color. How can that be?”
After seeing the controversy generated online by her comments, Dash took to her blog to reiterate that her opinions were correct, sentiments that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump voiced full agreement with when appearing on Fox News later in the day.
Dash is not the only '90s-era actress speaking out against a potential Oscars boycott, as Janet Hubert, best known as the actress who originated Aunt Viv on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” offered criticism of the movement on Monday -- though for different reasons.
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