Stacey Dash isn’t backing down.
After making headlines for her controversial remarks about race and segregation in Hollywood, Dash has taken to Patheos to pen a blog post explaining her position.
“If you’ve been paying attention to social media lately, you may have seen that my name is trending,” Dash wrote. “It seems every other black person in America has disowned me. That’s because I said things like ‘Black History Month’ and BET shouldn’t exist, since they further divide us. I feel like it’s hypocritical to say that we’re all the same, but then to self-segregate into little enclaves of society. Also, I think the #OscarSoWhite controversy is lame, because black people should not demand that every segment of society who watches movies be reflected in the number of Oscars given to actors and actresses. That’s just not how the world works.”
She then goes on to blame her stance on her upbringing — and shamelessly plug her new book.
“I grew up on the streets of the South Bronx,” she wrote. “Politics, to me, was downstream from my normal life. I was busy trying to survive my childhood — it wasn’t great. I saw my first dead body when I was three years old. I have experienced the hardship of life and all those things taught me to survive. I’ve been through a lot. (My upcoming book There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative has the harrowing — and hopefully inspirational — details.)”
And, according to Dash, who is to blame for all the controversy surrounding discrimination at this year’s Oscars, as well as other protests calling to end segregation and discrimination?
“Universities (riddled with #BlackLivesMatter protests), Hollywood (#OscarsSoWhite), and major urban cities (which have been described as declaring ‘open season’ on black men),” she wrote. “Yet, ALL of these areas are dominated by LIBERALS. Why the hell do we keep doing the same thing and expect a different result?”
Commenters on Dash’s blog aren’t having her argument, however. One even used Dash’s most iconic role as Dionne on Clueless to illustrate why segregation in Hollywood is being protested.
“In 1995 when Clueless was greenlighted for production, how come [Dash] wasn’t offered the role of Cher?” the commenter wrote. “Why was she automatically relegated to the role of ‘side-kick’ aka Dionne? After all there was no plot device that stated that the lead had to be Caucasian, was there? Alicia Silverstone was appearing in her first motion picture at that time, Stacey Dash was in her 4th movie role and was almost 30 years old at the time. Wouldn’t experience (if all things were equal) have dictated that Stacey Dash be the star of the movie? But those conversations weren’t entertained at that time by the studio, they aren’t entertained now, 20+ years later.” [sic]