As the controversy continues to surround the lack of nominations for black actors at the 2016 Oscars, entertainers continue to weigh in. And then there’s Stacey Dash. The Fox News correspondent sat down to discuss the issue, and offered an opinion that has sparked much backlash–much like other things she has said. This time, the actress/inciter of Twitter fury calls the boycotting of the award show from the like of Jada Pinkett-Smith and others “ludicrous,” calling for people of color to make up their minds.
“I think it’s ludicrous. We have to make up our minds; either we want to have segregation or integration. If we don’t want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards, and the [NAACP] 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 […] Just like there shouldn’t be a Black History Month. We’re American, that’s it.”
Though not taking a stance against BET or Black History Month, former Fresh Prince of Bel-Air actress Janet Hubert also slammed Smith’s decision to sit out of the Oscars. Calling the Academy’s oversight of Will Smith’s performance in Concussion “karma,” Hubert cited past events involving the hit sitcom. She also accused the power couple of failing to recognize other issues in the world.
“First of all, Miss Thing, does your man not have a mouth of his own with which to speak? Second thing is, girlfriend, there’s a lot of sh*t going on in the world that you all don’t seem to recognize,” she said. “People are dying, our boys are being shot left and right, people are hungry, people are trying to pay bills, and you’re talking about some … actors and Oscars. It just ain’t that deep.”
Dash’s commentary counts as another notch under her belt. Watch her say these things in real life below: