Stacey Dash, as previously reported by the Inquisitr, came under heavy fire for her controversial rape comments.
The 48-year-old Fox News pundit and panel member on Outnumbered honestly felt that it was a good idea to make the following statement in response to the problem of college rape.
“The other bad girls – bad women – are the ones who like to be naughty, might go out and play and get hurt and then, you know… But the other thing about this is that it then blames the alcohol instead of the person who over-drinks. So it’s like, the same thing with guns. Guns don’t kill people; people kill people. Alcohol doesn’t get you drunk; you get yourself drunk.”
Even though fellow Outnumbered panelist Andrea Tantaros also made some disturbing remarks, it was Stacey Dash who drew most of the criticism on social media. This is likely because the Clueless star is more widely known. As of late, Dash makes headlines for controversial statements than anything else.
Her commentary on female rape victims is no exception.
In an effort to alleviate herself of a great deal of negative feedback for her remarks, Stacey Dash made a post on her Facebook page in an effort to explain herself.
“After a failed attempt at humor about ‘good girls’ and ‘naughty girls,’ during my recent appearance on Outnumbered, I transitioned to the very serious issue of men blaming alcohol for their vile behavior.
“LET ME BE CLEAR: I am a victim of physical and sexual abuse. My point was that there IS NO EXCUSE for a man taking advantage of women under any circumstances.
“I believe that these universities focusing on alcohol consumption as a means to stop evil behavior takes the focus off the real issue of the objectification of women and how that can be prevented. I apologize to anyone who believed I was blaming the victims of these horrible acts.”
It’s important to note that many people do not consider rape to be funny. For instance, persons who joke about rape, or who use the word rape to describe defeating an opponent are routinely criticized.
As such, saying that she was joking is likely not going to help Stacey Dash avoid the negative reaction to her words.
— Daily Star (@Daily_Star) February 2, 2015
Stacey does say that she does not blame the victims of rape, noting that she has experienced both physical and sexual abuse.
Although Dash said in her Facebook statement that she put much of the blame on colleges that focus on “alcohol consumption as a means to stop evil behavior,” this differs strongly from her previous statement.
Stacey Dash used the words “bad girls,” “bad women,” “naughty,” and “over-drinks”.
Neither Dash, nor Tantaros, were interested in focusing on the response of colleges to alcohol-related sexual assault as they were in the behavior of rape victims.
Particularly, those victims who were too intoxicated to give proper consent.
Do you believe Stacey Dash’s apology is sincere, or is it about as problematic as her original statement?
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