Actress and Fox News contributor Stacey Dash is weighing in on the #OscarsSoWhite controversy brewing in Hollywood and her choice of words is more decidedly to the point.
Speaking on Fox & Friends 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.
There shouldn't be a channel just for blacks, she added, "Just like there shouldn’t be a black history month. You know, we’re Americans, period.”
In a post on Patheos, Dash linked to an older 60 Minutes clip where actor Morgan Freeman also decried the idea of a black history month:
During her Fox interview, Dash added:
What I find astounding is that we've had a president who is black in office for the past eight years, who gets most of his funding from the liberal elite in Hollywood. Yet, there are not very many roles for people of color. How can that be? And why is it just now being addressed?
Dash said selecting nominations based on race would be a "disservice" and said hopefully, the academy is looking for "the best movies and the best actors." She said it's good that the mostly-white academy is being exposed and said she hopes it can become more diverse.