Stacey Dash criticized those who have come out against the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences over the complete absence of non-white acting nominees at this year’s Oscars – and called for the elimination of Black History Month and the cable channel BET.
Dash called the actions of stars like Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee to boycott the Oscars ‘ludicrous,’ and then took things a step further.
‘We have to make up our minds,’ Dash said during an appearance on Fox & Friends.
‘Either we want to have segregation or integration. And if we don’t want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET [Black Entertainment Television] and the BET Awards and the Image Awards where you’re only awarded if you’re black.’
She then added: ‘If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard.’
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Thoughts: Stacey Dash said in an interview (above) she thinks BET should go off the air and there should be no Black History Month
More thoughts: Dash also called the actions of stars like Jada Pinkett Smith (left) and Spike Lee (right) to boycott the Oscars ‘ludicrous’
Burn: BET responded to Dash by asking if it could get its check back from her guest appearance on its show The Game (above)
Dash did not stop there either, saying later in the interview when again asked if BET should be on air: ‘No, I don’t think so, no. Just like there shouldn’t be a Black History Month. You know? We’re Americans. Period. That’s it.’
BET was quick to respond to Dash’s comment in an Instagram post, writing; ‘Soooooo @realstaceyldash, can we get our check back… or nah? #Remember #YouWereOnTheGame #AndWeDontMeanTheRapper.’
It included a photo of the actress appearing on its program The Game, where she had a guest role, along with the snide remark about her dating the rapper The Game.
Debra Lee, CEO of BET Networks, also said in a statement; ‘Through our award shows and programming we have recognized incredible talent that simply does not get recognized elsewhere.
‘African American contributions to American culture are countless and we cannot and should not wait for anyone to acknowledge them.’
Dash, 49, had previously discussed eliminating Black History Month and BET in a post on her blog late last year.
She wrote at the time; ‘I don’t need a special month or special channel. What’s sad is that these insidious things only keep us segregated and invoke false narratives.’
Many talents: Dash, 49 (pictured left with Alicia Silverston in Clueless) is now a contributor on Fox News
Dash, who shot to fame with her role as Dionne in the film Clueless, is now a contributor to Fox News.
She voted for President Barack Obama in the 2008 election but then switched her party affiliation in 2012 to Republican, endorsing Mitt Romney in the election.
She has not been public about who she is endorsing in the Republican primary at this point in the race, but has shown support for Dr Ben Carson.
Dash was born in the Bronx and is part Bajan, African American and Mexican. She is the cousin of Roc-A-Fella Records founder and CEO Damon Dash.
She has two children from previous relationships, a 22-year-old son and a 12-year-old daughter.