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Gabrielle Union shades Stacey Dash; Stacey Dash invokes Morgan Freeman

Gabrielle Union throws shade on Stacey Dash over race-related comments

Gabrielle Union, shown at the “Birth of a Nation” cast party at the Sundance Film Festival on Monday, called actress/commentator Stacey Dash a “crazy lady.”

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Gabrielle Union thinks Stacey Dash is crazy. Stacey Dash thinks Morgan Freeman is sane — and she's still waiting for an apology from her "Twitter haters."

"Who's that? Who's Stacey Dash? Is she like related to Dame Dash? Was she on Roc-A-Fella (Records)?," Union told the Associated Press the other day when asked about the "Clueless" actress' recent comments related to the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.

The "Birth of a Nation" actress, who was interviewed on the red carpet at the film's Sundance Film Festival world premiere, continued: "The more that we focus on inclusion and a true representation of this country, I think that crazy lady will have less to say."

Dash of course made headlines with a Jan. 20 appearance on Fox Newschannel after Jada Pinkett Smith announced she wouldn't be attending or watching the Academy Awards because no actors of color — including her husband, Will Smith — had been nominated for Oscars in the past two years.

"Either we want to have segregation or integration," Dash said. "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," she said. "If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It's a double standard ... just like there shouldn't be a Black History Month. We're Americans, period. That's it."

BET entered the fray as well, calling out Dash for having appeared on one of its shows.

"Soooooo @realstaceyldash, can we get our check back... or nah?," the network said on Instagram, referring to its long-running show "The Game."

"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," Dash wrote in a blog post responding to BET. "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. "

So how did Morgan Freeman get wrapped up in all of this? The day Dash made her initial comments, she invoked the actor's mid-2000s interview with Mike Wallace on "60 Minutes."

In that interview, after calling Black History Month "ridiculous," Freeman asked Wallace, "You're going to relegate my history to a month? What do you do with yours? Which month is white history month?" After the journalist said he was Jewish, the actor pushed him to identify which month was Jewish history month, and Wallace said he didn't want such a thing. Freeman agreed.

"I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is American history," the "Million Dollar Baby" Oscar winner said. To get rid of racism, he said, "Stop talking about it. I'm going to stop calling you a white man. And I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman."

Dash again tweeted out that interview on Monday, asking her "Twitter haters" where her apology was.

"It seems every other black person in America has disowned me," Dash wrote Saturday on her blog. "That’s because I said things like 'Black History Month' and BET shouldn't exist, since they further divide us. I feel like it's hypocritical to say that we're all the same, but then to self-segregate into little enclaves of society."

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