NEW YORK — Actress Stacey Dash is causing a stir for her recent comments regarding the Oscars’ race controversy.
Appearing on FOX’s “Outnumbered” on Wednesday, Dash said the outrage and boycotts over a lack of diversity among Academy Award candidates were “ludicrous.” Her comments came after filmmaker Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith said they would not be watching or attending this year’s ceremony.
When asked to elaborate, Dash continued:
“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. If it were the other way around, we’d be up in arms. It’s a double standard.”
Said Dash: “We’re Americans. Period.”
Dash, 49, is a FOX contributor and is perhaps most well-known for her role as Dionne in the 1990s hit film “Clueless.” The African-American actress and commentator has also appeared on the show “The Game,” whose network, BET, rebuked her comments on Twitter.
@REALStaceyDash can we get our check back… or nah?” BET tweeted from its verified account.
Others took to social media to criticize the actress, while some threw their support behind her.
“Y’all mad at Stacey Dash but she right. if there was a ‘White History’ month or a ‘White Entertainment Television’ there would be an issue,” wrote one Twitter user.
“Can people please stop asking Stacey Dash her opinion as if she speaks for all black people?” wrote another.
Dash stood by her comments, saying on her blog that she was “right” to say what she said, and invoking a “60 Minutes” interview with Morgan Freeman in which the legendary actor criticized Black History Month, rhetorically asking Mike Wallace, who is white, “You’re gonna relegate my history to a month? What do you do with yours?”
Dash previously wrote about the topic of eliminating BET and Black History Month back in October. She says on her blog that she’s a registered Republican.