In a Sundance Film Festival panel to promote her new film The Birth of a Nation, an Associated Press reporter asks Union for her thoughts on Dash’s controversy-laden comments about the lack of diversity at the Oscars. Union manages to shade Dash and steer clear of saying something truly outrageous in just a few words.
“Who’s that? Who’s Stacey Dash?” Union responds with a knowing smile.
She continues, “Is she like related to Dame Dash? Was she on Roc-A-Fella? I heard of a crazy lady once, but I don’t know what her name is.”
Dash went on Fox News last week to compare channels like BET to segregation.
She said, “I think it’s ludicrous because we have to make up our minds. Either we want to have segregation or integration, 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’d be up in arms. It’s a double standard.”
Union elaborated to express her support for diversity in awards shows.
“If you don’t see yourself reflected in mainstream awards, you tend to create your own,” she said. “Until there is no longer a need for that, I celebrate the ALMAs [American Latino Media Arts Awards], the same way I celebrate the Country Music Awards, and the same way I celebrate the BET Awards and the Image Awards, which we’ll all be at in a couple of weeks.
“The more that we focus on inclusion and a true representation of this country, I think that crazy lady will have less to say.”
No names needed.