Stacey Dash responds to Oscars criticism: Get rid of BET & Black History Month

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Fox News commentator Stacey Dash dismissed the outrage over the lack of African-American Oscar nominees as “ludicrous.”

Dash, an African-American actress and contributor to the network, also said on Wednesday’s “Fox & Friends” that to obtain integration there should be no Black History Month, award shows that honor African-Americans, or BET, a channel that focuses on African-American entertainment.

“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,” Dash said. “If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard.”

Dash continued, “There shouldn’t be a Black History Month. We’re Americans, period. That’s it.”

Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy followed up asking Dash, “Do you think there shouldn’t be a black history month because there isn’t a white history month?”

“Exactly, exactly,” Dash said nodding.

Dash’s comments come as director Spike Lee and actress Jada Pinkett Smith said they would protest the Oscars because all of the acting nominees this year were white.

She also responded to Al Sharpton’s criticisms of the Oscars when he said, “Hollywood is like the Rocky Mountains, the higher up you get the whiter it gets.”

“That’s not necessarily true. If it is then that needs to change,” Dash said. “What I find 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. Yet, there are not many roles for people of color. How can that be?”

Dash’s blunt views have drawn fire before. She was suspended by the cable news network last month for using profanities while criticizing President Obama, saying she “didn’t give a sh–” about one of his speeches.

Following Dash’s comments, BET released a statement explaining that since its inception the network has been a place where African-Americans “could consistently see themselves represented and celebrated.”

“Through our award shows and programming we have recognized incredible talent that simply does not get recognized elsewhere,” Debra Lee, CEO of BET Networks said in a statement. “African American contributions to American culture are countless and we cannot and should not wait for anyone to acknowledge them.”

The network also tweeted at the actress asking her if it can get its pay check back from her performance on the network’s series, “The Game.”

Fox News did not immediately reply with comment for this story.

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5 comments

  • Anotherbob

    She’s not wrong, black people want to be treated special but at the same time be treated like everyone else. You can’t have your cake and eat it too and every time they crybaby over something stupid like Oscar noms it only reinforces the separation.

  • Ms. Dennis

    Her statements is not well said neither right. If you to take the “acknowledgment” of those well deserved African Americans awareness from African American owned networks/productions: “You take away HISTORY and CULTURE. That is exactly why it is defined in that essence. If that were “the thing” to do, then every ethnic group has to remove their history and culture being all of which consists of the Latin culture, Indian, and Asian culture that also have to acknowledge their own because they are often times not seen as an interesting group or well tasteful, when in fact we all are. However, the Oscars were not created for one ethnic group (or are they)? Judging and observing from the past history, a minimal of African Americans and other groups or minimized to just being “nominated “. Keep this in mind. You don’t have to have your name or title, “The Oscars,” naming themselves as “The Oscars, white only”. All you have to do is be suttle about your issue (passive-aggressive), by not revealing your true selves. You can nominate an individual but not award them (just to pacifier your ethnic groups). In conclusion, every group work hard with both skill and talent. They are nominated because of that not because of color only, but if no one else will acknowledge who else will? May God take away the strife and the mentality of favoring one group over the other.

  • neobux login

    Morgan Freeman’s point was that black history should be celebrated every day of the year along with other American history. He said the celebration of black culture and achievement should not be relegated to just one month. Stacey Dash is called black history Mont, BET, the NAACP Image Awards, and other things that celebrate black culture and achievement a form of segregation on the part of black people. It’s not the same thing. Plus she’s being criticized because she’s been on BET shows, hip hop music videos that were featured on BET frequently, she was a presenter at the NAACP Image Awards and other things synonymous with black culture. She’s being a hypocrite.

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