“Clueless” star Stacey Dash has fired back at the BET television network after it responded to her comments about how the network should be taken off the air.
Dash responded to the recent calls to boycott the Oscars over the lack of any black actors or actresses being nominated in any of the acting categories for the second year in a row by saying that things like Black History Month and “channels like BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards” need to be done away with if we’re ever going to get past racial segregation.
During an interview on Fox News morning show “Fox and Friends” on Wednesday, Dash said, “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 would be up in arms. It’s a double standard.”
BET fired back at Dash, calling her out on Instagram by asking for the money they paid her to appear in a recurring role during the third and fourth seasons of its series “The Game” (the show ran for three seasons on The CW before being picked up by BET in 2011).
— BET (@BET) January 20, 2016
“Thank you for reminding me, since most people have never heard of that show,” she fired back in a post on her blog titled, “How BET Lies to Black People“.
“Why? It’s on BET.
“Quick. Name the top shows on BET.
“Drawing a blank?
“I think I’ve made my point.
“I’m thankful for all of the acting jobs I’ve had,” she added. “But, I look forward to the day when people don’t self-segregate based on skin color, while loudly complaining about a segregated society.”
Dash adds that the BET network doesn’t understand how the Oscars work after BET President of Programming Stephen Hill told the New York Daily News, “It would be great if the Oscar nominees represented even closely the percentage of moviegoers who are of different ethnicities, but they don’t.”
Dash replied to Hill’s quote, writing, “Oscars are awarded to the actors and actresses who excel…not the audience.”
“My problem goes back to the notion that every area of life needs to break down exactly according to demographic ratios except in those areas in which black people have decided they want to have their own space,” Dash added. “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.”
“BET lies to American black people by telling them that the rest of America is racist, so stick close to your own kind. “They’re absolutely mortified that someone like me — an independent-thinking black woman — dares call their bluff,” she ended her post.