“They’re absolutely mortified that someone like me — an independent-thinking black woman,” actress and Fox News contributor says
The war of words between Stacey Dash and BET continues to escalate.
After the network fired back at her suggestion that the channel should be eliminated, because its aimed only at black viewers, the Fox News contributor posted a blog entry entitled “How BET Lies to Black People,” in which she takes her own shots at BET in wake of being made fun of on its social media accounts.
“They reminded me — and the rest of America — that I appeared on a show called ‘The Game,’ which appeared on BET,” Dash began 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 went on to say she was grateful for all of her acting jobs, but doesn’t like the fact that BET will “self-segregate” while simultaneously talking about the injustice of a segregated society.
“BET lies to American black people by telling them that the rest of America is racist, so stick close to your own kind,” she wrote. “Anything that promotes segregation is bad!”
“And they’re absolutely mortified that someone like me — an independent-thinking black woman — dares call their bluff,” she concluded.
On Wednesday, Dash appeared on Fox News to discuss the controversy surrounding the lack of minority nominees in this year’s Oscar nominees.
“We have to make up our minds, Dash said. “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.”
The network had previously responded to Dash’s comments in a statement issued by BET Networks chairman and CEO Debra Lee.
“African-American contributions to American culture are countless and we cannot and should not wait for anyone to acknowledge them — we have to do it ourselves and we are proud that we can do our part,” the statement read. It went on to point to shows such as the BET Awards, BET Honors and Black Girls Rock as examples of ways the network has recognized black artists.
They also reposted a picture of Dash from the movie “Clueless” with the caption, “Aww dang. I loved you in ‘Clueless’. I had no idea that you actually were.”