‘Clueless’ Actress Stacey Dash Calls for Elimination of Black History Month, BET

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UPDATED: “Clueless” actress and former Fox News contributor Stacey Dash appeared on Wednesday’s segment of “Fox & Friends” to voice her disapproval of the celebration of Black History Month and other institutions that celebrate racial differences.

“Either we want to have segregation or integration,” said the actress, who is Bajan, African American and Mexican. “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.”

BET fired back on Wednesday night, writing “Soooooo [Stacey Dash], can we get our check back … or nah?” on the network’s official Instagram account. Dash had a recurring role on the BET show “The Game” from 2009 to 2011. They also posted a photo of her from “Clueless” with the caption “Aww dang. I loved you in ‘Clueless.’ I had no idea that you actually were.”

“The View” hosts also slammed Dash on Thursday over her remarks, calling her a hypocrite for having a role on “The Game,” presenting at the NAACP awards and covering black-oriented magazines.

Dash pushed her logic on racial integration even further on “Fox & Friends,” suggesting the elimination of Black History Month.

“We’re Americans. Period. That’s it,” she said.

“Fox & Friends” host Steve Doocy responded to Dash’s comment by asking the actress if she meant that we shouldn’t observe Black History Month because there isn’t a comparable celebratory month for Caucasians, to which she responded, “Exactly.”

Whoopi Goldberg insisted on “The View” that BET and Black History Month are significant because black history isn’t taught in schools.

“American history holds all of us and [Dash is] right in that. Yes, we are all Americans, but we’re not all treated like Americans,” she said. “And one of the reasons that there is a BET is because networks wouldn’t take a lot of the shows that have an all-black cast. … Unfortunately, we need things like BET.”

No stranger to brazen comments, Dash was suspended from her gig as an on-air Fox contributor last month for using crude language to describe President Barack Obama during a talk show appearance.

The actress’ bold declaration occurs amidst a widespread backlash against the lack of diversity among this year’s Oscar nominees — an uproar that has led to industry figures like Spike Lee and Jada Pinkett Smith to consider boycotting the Feb. 28 ceremony.

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  1. buddy z says:

    I’ll agree Every one needs to stop playing the victim and Democrat politicians need to stop feeding people’s emotions any ways Stacie dash looking hot as ever .

  2. Ray Martinez says:

    if you cant move forward then step aside and let the others go ahead.

  3. Jalloop says:

    Are the rest of the months Native American months then? “Stop being a victim, and do something with your life. You have great potential.” A quote from my doctor, and the best advice I’ve even gotten. I could have got all pissed and offended, but I moved forward instead of looking back.

    • Sky says:

      You’re not very smart Jalloop nor are you the least bit interested in educating and appreciating other cultures and history. National American Indian Heritage Month is November, yet far more should ve recognized about the First Nations.

      Just…be silent.

    • TraceyDC says:

      Native American Heritage Month is in November. What are you talking about?

  4. Xaviers says:

    Well she could go further, there are plenty of ethnic/nationality festivals held annually, there are women only colleges, religious holidays segregate non practitioners of the faith of truly belonging or benefiting without pledging belief, specific dating sites silo people into race, faith, city vs farmers, orientation . . if she wants to squash segregating systems could full on tilt at the windmill farms . . she’s in a number of the groups.

  5. Sam says:

    I too want there to be no classification based on race, you can’t have it both ways — to be considered equal but then also separate based on race. It’s an idea we should all be moving towards

  6. JDJ_MTSU says:

    Stacy Dash’s comments angered a lot of people, for good reasons of course. I can understand what’s she’s trying to say, but I think she went the wrong way about it. I do think we need to make more films that widens the pool of diversity, instead of making black-only movies all the time, however, having BET and Black History Month is still important.
    Let me make an analogy:
    Let’s say there was someone grew up in a poor neighborhood. That someone makes it out of the system to pursue a better life. The individual receives an education, starts their career, and eventually makes a name for themselves. Even though this person was able to reach all of their goals, their hometown is still in the same state it was. The Black community made strides in film and entertainment, and BET gave a platform for many black actors and actresses, however, we never really made that many strides in Hollywood, because we kind of made a Hollywood of our own.
    I’m not saying eliminate BET or Black History Month, that’s saying the person who garnished his/her success should just give it all up. What I’m proposing is that we should use the power, connections, funds gained and changed Hollywood from the inside out. Make movies with a diverse cast that serves the story right and represent each ethnic in a respectable way. It is important to have movies that highlight all races because the world isn’t just black and white. Let’s help others of different ethnicities break into Hollywood and star in films, and maybe we won’t have #OscarSoWhite floating around next year.

  7. Edna Warren says:

    Why does anyone care what Stacy Dash says? She obviously wouldn’t know black history if it hit her on the head with a 30 lb. cement brick. More “pseudo-black people” commenting on things they have little or no understanding of.

  8. big schlung says:

    I love Stacy

  9. Dejele says:

    Singing her praises now but let’s see if all these folks decrying WHITE OWNED AND OPERATED BET want to get rid of the plethora of stations dedicated to other ethnic groups… Latino stations have proliferated along with Indian, religious, and sports channels..as Americans we have always celebrated special interests.. as long as they did not display Black interests…when her Fox Masters and fans are through with her she’ll be crawling back to Black venues.. Hope they remember with whom she got in bed..and she is not educated or intelligent enough to speak for Blacks..get a Black women Republican like Sheryl Underwood, who has a double Master’s.. or Sunny Huston, a lawyer..not this clothes rack with numerous failed marriages an out of wedlock kids..oops, that’s how Cons conceptualize Black women…SMDH!

  10. Stacy dash-you have dared to speak the truth,prepare to face the full throttle ire of left wing racist bigots and hate mongers from all across our nation. On the other hand ,BRAVO! I and the vast majority of Americans applaud you,well done!

  11. Don Schnickelfelter says:

    Dash is exactly right. We don’t have special recognition for left-handed people because they are in the minority and ignored as a class of people — very unfair. Also we don’t have special recognition for red haired people or even for blonde people both of which are minorities. No one on this earth determines who is in which category, so why do some people have to take offense and cause trouble over something that is beyond our control? Just to get attention I suppose, or compensation or ???.

  12. Jack Knoll says:

    She is 100% right. Eliminate all Black groups, BET, this is just as racist as KKK.

    • Brian says:

      Racist as the KKK. Which was formed by the democrats. Another funny thing the black community still hasn’t grasped.

  13. Michael R. says:

    I agree that we should more away from segregated, just about anything. Of course, it would need to be done with sensitivity and patience. The problem I see here is that all of us (often) short-sell the principles foundational to our Constitution and Bill of Rights. The prescient insight the founding fathers ascended to in order to write those words which recognized the God given right to the pursuit of happiness are immortal, for they recognized that society would thrive only if the individual was equally important and unique, as in reality, we are. And it was not something one needed to strive for, or be threatened by; a society or governing powers which could potentially take that awesome station in life away.

    When we begin see the individual as absolutely unique as a finger print or snowflake, then will we begin to treat others with the respect they deserve, regardless of idiosyncrasies or mistakes. Indeed, the concept of LIBERTY will only be given it’s rightful place as it becomes clearer and clearer that despite the difference of color, upbringing, wealth, or talents, we are equal, as to worth, in the sight of God. And, if not we will miss out on the beauty of creation by always comparing ourselves one with another – since as unique individuals, there really is nothing to compare.

  14. Rich says:

    Get set for some more shining examples of the tolerant left. Also, get set to see the legendary hypocrisy of the hateful left and watch how they treat anyone who dares to disagree with them . These lefties really are very mean spirited, little people.
    Rich in New Mexico.

  15. bohawk says:

    BET, Black History Month, Miss Black America, NAACP is “ok” but any all-white organization is RACIST. Also black comedians get away with trashing whites but if its the other way around, its RACIST. Double standard indeed !!!

  16. pickles says:

    People of color is the stupidest phrase since colored people. It’s the same thing.

  17. DiamondLane says:

    Bless you, Stacey Dash! If race doesn’t matter, why do some people insist on brining it up all the time?!! This whole situation reminds me of this girl on house of DVF who just keep yapping on and on about her Cuban heritage and how she needs the job to advance the cause or whatever of her people — everytime Diane would go “But what makes you qualified for the job??!,” she’d just repeat the same thing. She was such an absolute moron. Race isn’t a qualification you guys. F******* read a book and develop a talent. But I guess that would take actual effort….

  18. Snip It Tool says:

    Who in their right mind would be so stupid to compare the NAACP and the now defunct KKK (FBI counts about 5,000 members vs. millions in the 1920’s etc).

    I say a Marv Albert YES! – when these idiots stop TALKING about race and start living the actual pronouncements of Dr. King (character over color) or Malcolm X, who left the Nation because the leader had out of wedlock children (vs up to 80% of blacks having out wedlock birth rates in some parts of this country) , and called on blacks to take personal responsibility for their lives and their actions, race WILL surely cease to be the topic de jure and we can call come together and make “E Pluribus Unum” a reality again in this country.

    But it will never happen when you have sheet for brains, as evidenced by this screed.

  19. Free says:

    I wonder if she watched Django Unchained, and if so, did she recognize herself in the character of Stephen?

  20. “Stacey Dash made headlines earlier today after saying that there shouldn’t be a network like BET that only focuses on Black culture.”

    How about developing a network or show focusing on the significant population of our American neighbors selfishly creating hardships and struggle for developing young children – our nation’s most valuable and precious assets.

    Would it be helpful to many of our neighbors if a network or show began focusing on the population of immature young moms ignoring the emotional and physical well being of children like Kendrick, Curtis Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Dwayne Carter, Freddie Gray, Baltimore teen Michael Singleton, all depressed people tormented by childhood trauma they were needlessly exposed to by “living wild’ married/single moms and/or dads?

    *(NY Times May 18, 2015 – Rise in Suicide by Black Children Surprises Researchers)*

    Robert K. Ross, MD, President and CEO of The California Endowment, addressed inmates at Ironwood State Prison offering a compelling overview of the role that exposure to childhood trauma plays in the lives of *emotionally troubled* and chronically ill American teens and adults.

  21. I agree with her..I am tired of all of this political correctness…And I am tired of all the cry babies…

  22. Rudy Mario says:

    Fox “news” has lower credibility than a hooker. Period.

  23. theloopontheloop says:

    you cannot ask for equality and then at the same time ask for special treatment. Specially when this country has OTHER RACES besides black and white. (Which most black people forget)
    the oscars do not have enough Asian actors nominated, yet who gives a hoot? the oscars didn’t nominate any Indian actors? who cares right? he oscars almost never nominate Latinos.
    the Oscars only nominate whites, yes that is bad. But when has the black community care about the fact that other races never get nominated? so as a Mexican person I should care Will Smith didn’t get nominated because…..?
    I also find it funny that when black directors make movies, they almost never hire hispanics and when they do they only hire them for gang members or for maids, but yeah, only whites are racist. the fact that hispanics get stereotypical roles in black movies doesn’t matter at all… right?

    • Joe Neckbone says:

      I guess that’s why Fox is the number 1 in the news industry

    • Keela says:

      I guess you missed that they specifically said not enough people of color which includes asians, hispanics etc.
      Sure it matters except you’re wrong. Tyler Perry’s leading mam was the cute Hispanic guy from csi. America Ferrera and her family member on Our Family Wedding. The list really is long seeing as how many black movies are rom coms. You’re more likely to be a buddy than a hang banger at this point

  24. BillUSA says:

    She’s right. That’s why I never take black mouthpieces seriously when they spout off about racial injustices. I’m a mutt but mostly Caucasian with a mix of several other nationalities and races and always live with equality in my heart. But when there are racially-specific and exclusive organizations in a world of racial strife, then their cries for equality begin to sound like a desire to dominate. She could have voiced her opinion more carefully but I agree with her. If the country is to get along better its important to end segregation.

      • BillUSA says:

        Keela –

        When those organizations exclude other races, they become racist organizations. And where in my statement did I say anything to indicate that I disagree about righting racial injustice? Look again at what I just said. Fighting racial injustice with racism is racism. So if they want to talk the talk, then they should walk the walk. Instead, they come off as ‘do as I say, not as I do’ types. Do not twist my critique of what a few practice to mean that I’m against what they SAY. It’s what they do that defines them. They practice racism. Therefore they are racists.

      • Keela says:

        That is a ridiculous comment. You don’t take people seriously about racial injustice because you don’t agree with certain statements? How about listening and then making up your mind instead of assuming and judging based on the race of the speaker.
        Sounds like a desire to dominate? How about sounds like banning together in order to be heard.

  25. James says:

    YOU GO GIRL!!!

  26. Ray Bee says:

    The black Sarah Palin.

  27. cadavra says:

    This is the same excuse the Supreme Court used to gut the Voting Rights Act, and the very next day Southern States began drafting voter suppression laws; 24 states have now enacted them. Anyone who thinks the white plurality can be trusted to treat minorities equally probably believes it’s the tooth fairy leaving those quarters under their pillows.

    • Rich says:

      Tell me, exactly how are minorities being disenfranchised? And be specific, give me concrete examples, such as the two black panthers at the polling place in Philadelphia with clubs and so on. Also let’s have the exact laws you are referring to as well and again, be specific. If these things exist, as you claim, you should have no trouble giving us concrete examples such as the one I stated of blacks trying to disenfranchise whites in Philly, which was fine by the way with Eric Holder and B. Hussien Obamas DOJ.
      Rich in New Mexico.

  28. LymonLemon says:

    Stacey, you’re on to something! Make this happen!! It’s time the black community stops creating a divide in our society and becomes one like the rest of us. America doesn’t put up with self entitlement.

  29. Pete KyloRen says:

    bravo Stacey!

  30. bee says:

    If you’re able to do it without insults, please point out the flaw in her logic. I’m genuinely curious.

    • Don Schnickelfelter says:

      If actors are chosen based on race rather than performance aren’t you destroying the significance of the award?

    • Mee says:

      Sure! The flaw is that just because the Academy Awards aren’t called White Entertainment Awards doesn’t make it any less so for white people. Let’s give the benefit of the doubt and say that these predominantly white male judges are not purposefully excluding blacks from the nominations…. does that in any way negate the fact that they are actually excluding blacks from the nominations? No. Which is why black people are upset, and have been for years. Jada said (and I’m paraphrasing) the judges have a right to choose whomever they want to as nominees, just like we have a right to feel the way we feel and thus boycott. So if you want black support (and money) then perhaps you should consider revising the way things are done.

      As far as BET goes- when black people watched television, they saw absolutely no one that looked like them (unless they were the help, or athletes, or criminals, or extremely integrated into white families for whatever reason….) SO, they said okay let’s make a network that black people can watch other black people living lives that hit a little closer to home, thus BET was born. It wasn’t “we want to be separated from white people” it was ” well white people don’t include us in their things, so let’s form our own club”. And mind you, there are PLENTY of networks today with predominately white audiences, white casts/hosts, white shows (CMT, HGTV, Food network, syfy, usa, history channel, hell even animal planet). So would it make you feel better if BET were just called something else? Or do you really just want to be able to call one of the mainstream channels WET- if so, go for it, and you wouldn’t have to change any of the programming to do so.

      And forgive me, but if history class in March through January can be dedicated to what white person did what and where, then I don’t see why February can’t be all about MLK, Malcom X, and Rosa Parks (as if those were the only black people to ever amount to anything).

      • Ray Martinez says:

        “they present people like MLK, Rosa Parks, Malcolm X and Stacey because they were and are unique in their thinking. Pioneers.

      • Mee says:

        The loop- you obviously just want to argue. Because that was clearly the whole point of my post- we have BET because we weren’t included in mainstream entertainment. And since mainstream entertainment has a right to include or not include us, we have a right to not support it. Move on.

        Bill- I’ll do you one better. Let’s flip this around on you and say there were absolutely no channels that included your demographic (racial, age, social, musical, etc) and you were thus forced to watch all foreign films all day. Would it be so incredulous for you to gather a bunch of like minded people and create something for yourself? That’s all BET is.

      • theloopontheloop says:

        why do you need the oscars though, If you created your black people channel BET, why not create your own oscars awards? (I Know bet has award shows already)
        if the oscars are so “White” and the people voting are all white old people… why not MAKE YOUR OWN OSCARS level award show???
        I really dont get it. You people are saying black actors should be nominated because of the color of their skin… not because they deserve it or anything, but just for being black. that’s pretty racist in of itself
        and yes, I understand some actors deserved to be nominated, I get that. but as a Latino it always makes me laugh that the black community always ignores the racism other races face. black people make 12% of the population, Latinos make 23%…. you almost never see latinos win anything. but yeah we should ONLY care about black people not being nominated, yeah … ok.

      • BillUSA says:

        Let’s turn that logic around and ask if the Black Entertainment Awards are any more for white people? You should be able to see the racism behind such ventures. If you want racial equality then you should lead by example instead of pumping life into it.

  31. Dunstan says:

    “Clueless” actress is more apt than you can possibly imagine.

  32. “Speak a little truth and people lose their minds…”
    – Straight Outta Compton

  33. Marie says:

    Is it just me or her skin complexion has gotten so light?

  34. Mel G'bson says:

    THANK YOU STACEY! I have been saying the same thing for years, and I say that as the mother of 2 bi-racial children. Equal should mean equal

    • Marie says:

      Don’t like Black History month then don’t celebrate it.
      Don’t like BET, then don’t watch it.

      • Jack Knoll says:

        And Marie is the first one to cry “Racism” if any group is all white. HYPOCRITE

      • theloopontheloop says:

        funny that the same thing could be said to black people. dont like whites, dont watch white people shows, movies or award shows.
        maybe this boycott thing is a good thing, if black people dont like the Oscars being so “white” then they could just stop watching and leave it alone.

        See how that sounds?

  35. Me says:

    Well….she’s “clueless”

    • Silas says:

      Good one.

      • FROSTYtheOG says:

        Thank You Glenn. Somebody is actually on point!

      • Silas says:

        No need to get worked up Glenn. I was just showing my appreciation of some fine wordplay.

      • Glenn Fields says:

        The only people here that are clueless are the ones that don’t understand what “double standard” and “segregation” mean. Look up the word equality. Get a clue. Btw, speaking of double standards, why hasn’t anyone tossed Samuel L. Jackson for his rascist hateful, idiotic remarks? Or is it okay to wish that a terrorist was a white person in this age where leftists define right and wrong?

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