Fox News contributor Stacey Dash has dismissed outrage over Oscars diversity following the exclusion of any nominees of color in this year’s acting categories, and suggested that true integration of blacks in American society should mean the end of Black History Month.
“I think it’s ludicrous,” Dash said on Wednesday’s “Fox & Friends” when asked about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy.
“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,” she continued. “If it were the other way around, we’d be up in arms. It’s a double standard. There shouldn’t be a black history month. We’re Americans, period.”
Steve Doocey, the Fox News host interviewing her, asked her to clarify her position. “Are you saying there shouldn’t be a Black History Month because there isn’t a White History Month?”
“Exactly,” Dash said.
The “Clueless” actress did, however, point out there are not “very many roles for people of color” in Hollywood.
“How can that be? And why is that just now being addressed?” Dash asked after observing that President Obama gets “most of his funding from the liberal elite in Hollywood.”
Dash advocated for “more diverse people” in the Academy, and ultimately seemed to side with the backlash she called “ludicrous” just minutes earlier.
“The good news is that there’s attention brought to it now,” Dash concluded. “But like I said, over the past eight years we’ve had a president who is black, who gets his funding mainly from Hollywood — the elite liberals — so it’s odd to me that this has now become such an issue.”
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