Actress Stacey Dash is upping the ante after recent comments had her calling for the abolishing of Black History Month and black awards shows, slamming her former employer in a blog post entitled “BET lies to black people.”
When the 49-year-old “Clueless” actress appeared on “Fox and Friends” recently, saying the #OscarsSoWhite controversy should result in the sort of total equality that would also necessitate an end for black-highlighting channels and award ceremonies — a sentiment echoed by Donald Trump — the Black Entertainment Television network playfully responded with a clip of an old TV show Dash had starred in for them, saying “can we get our check back… or nah?”
As it turns out, that teasing Instagram post seems to have just gotten Dash more riled up.
“Black Entertainment Television has been throwing shade. They reminded me — and the rest of America — that I appeared on a show called ‘The Game,’ which appeared on BET,” she writes in the blog post. “Well, here’s the thing. Thank you for reminding me, since most people have never heard of that show. Why? It’s on BET. Quick: Name the top shows on BET. Drawing a blank? I think I’ve made my point.”
Dash equates BET’s obscure programming to people of color being relegated to secondary status. “I look forward to the day when people don’t self-segregate based on skin color, while loudly complaining about a segregated society,” she says. “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.”
The actress focuses on a quote from Stephen Hill, BET’s President of Programming, who criticizes the Academy Award nominees for not representing moviegoers of different ethnicities. “Oscars are awarded to the actors and actresses who excel not the audience,” she writes. “What’s next? Awarding $1 million to the guy sitting in his pajamas on the couch watching ‘Survivor?'”
Showing her teeth, she adds, “BET lies to American black people by telling them that the rest of America is racist, so stick close to your own kind. Anything that promotes segregation is bad.” She then concludes by insisting: “They’re absolutely mortified that someone like me — an independent-thinking black woman — dares call their bluff.”