Actress Stacey Dash dished on what she called Hollywood hypocrisy during a brief speech at the Media Research Center’s awards ceremony.
You’ll recall that back in October 2012, when the Clueless star and 2008 Obama voter originally tweeted an endorsement of GOP nominee Mitt Romney for president, she was insulted on social media in a most vulgar, offensive, and at times, racially charged way. Dash, 47, is of African-American and Mexican heritage. She was also on the receiving end of Twitter hate last year for raising questions about the trip that Jay-Z and Beyonce took to communist Cuba.
The thrice-married Dash, a mother of two, recently signed on as a Fox News contributor and has appeared on Outnumbered and other shows. In her remarks at the MRC event, she alluded to the fact that because she is no longer on board with the liberal political philosophy, the Stacey Dash haters are still active on social media
Dash supported the Republican ticket in 2012 because she became convinced Romney’s solid business background could put America back to work. In part because of the continuing lackluster economic conditions, recent data suggests that voters may have come around to Dash’s view. A CNN poll revealed, for example, that a mythical rematch between Romney and Obama would result in decisive Romney victory.
In the same Media Research Center gala, the conservative group gave liberal journalist Eleanor Clift a sarcastic award for the quote of the year for making the fantastic assertion that Ambassador Chris Stevens, the official killed along with three other Americans by terrorists at the U.S. embassy compound in Benghazi, Libya, was not murdered but instead “died of smoke inhalation.”
In her remarks delivered Thursday evening (fast-forward the embedded video below to about the 10-minute mark), Stacey Dash joked but then got serious.
“I don’t want to act like a stereotypical Hollywood actress diva, but you must understand what I went through to be amongst you commoners. You have no idea. This week, I found out that, online, that I have been bleaching my skin so that I can appear whiter to appear on Fox News. Seriously. You can Google it… But seriously, I am just a girl from the South Bronx who has been blessed beyond measure and I truly want all Americans to know that if they work hard and they get an education, the American dream is possible for everyone. But I’m not a pundit, an expert or an elected official — yet. But if I can leave with anything that you remember that I said tonight, I beg you: Please, do not buy into the belief that Hollywood is inherently liberal. It is the most capitalistic city on the planet. Okay? Regardless of its politics, it exists only to make money. Want proof? There are no movies made in Hollywood. They make them in places like Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina. Do you know why? Lower taxes. Hypocrites.”
Concluded Dash, “Now, we as conservatives must put our money where our mouths are and we have to produce films and TV that show and represent the United States of America like we believe it to be. We can’t wait for anyone else to do it. Think of it this way: It’s storytelling. Storytelling are parables, and I know that there was once a man who changed the world by telling parables. Thank you very much.”
Whether you think Stacey Dash’s point view is or isn’t clueless, it is true that many movie productions have moved to other states or overseas to take advantage of lower taxes or tax abatements (with to a certain degree is a form of corporate welfare) and to avoid union rules that drive labor costs through the roof.
Earlier this year, for example, the state of Maryland agreed to increase tax credits to prevent the hit Netflix series House of Cards from carrying out a threat to leave Annapolis and film season three in another state. In a separate incident, Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi was allegedly threatened by union thugs in the Boston area this summer because the show hired non-union production assistants for certain routine jobs.
As alluded to in her MRC remarks, Stacey Dash has previously hinted about running for political office someday.