It appears that Stacey Dash was not amused by the comments actor Anthony Anderson made at the 47th annual NAACP Image Awards held at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium as she prepared to present the first award of the evening Friday night. The actress took to her Twitter page after the ceremony and wrote, “Well it’s funny how [a] woman who weighs 105 wet! Can get grown a** men to act like little girls! Haha.”
According to the Hollywood Reporter, earlier in the evening, Anderson, the show’s host, said during his introduction of the actress, “Everybody give a round of applause for Stacey Dash! What the hell is she doing here?”
The Black-ish star continued by asking the audience, “Doesn’t she know that the Fox network is using her?” Anderson added, “She’s just an Ann Coulter dipped in butterscotch. That’s all she is. Baby, don’t let them use you!”
Anderson also intimated that Dash has recently only been able to land low budget “C-list” movies and promised he would see them if she would “Come back to black people,” according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The actress, who is also a Fox network commentator, further stated, “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.”
Her comments were prompted by the recent Academy Awards controversy surrounding the lack of diversity of current Oscar nominees because all 20 in the acting category are white, reports the Washington Post. This has caused artists Jada Pinkett Smith, Spike Lee, and others to boycott the ceremony, reports CNN.
Dash said she believes that “If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard.” According to People, she added, “There shouldn’t be a Black History Month. We’re Americans. Period.”
Just hours ago, Anderson responded on his own Twitter page to some who appear to support Dash’s position and question the diversity of the NAACP Awards. One post asked Anderson how he can declare the awards show is “what diversity looks like” when it “celebrates exclusively the AA arts.”
The actor responded with “I say that because the award show is and has always been inclusive from item presenters to nominees.”
Another Twitter user found Anderson’s statements about Dash “racist and ignorant,” asserting the actress “…spoke the truth…”
On February 4, 2016, only a day before the NAACP Awards took place, Dash spurred controversy on her personal blog by writing about her support for a white actor being cast as Michael Jackson in an upcoming movie.
Joseph Fiennes is set to play the King of Pop in Elizabeth, Michael and Marlon, a satire which depicts an alleged road trip taken by the renowned singer, actress Elizabeth Taylor, and actor Marlon Brando shortly after the September 11, 2001, terror attacks in New York City, according to Vibe.
Dash saw the casting choice as enlightening and wrote, “…I say BRAVO! I’m sick and tired of being told ‘Sorry Stacey, this is a Caucasian only role… Counterintuitively, this decision by Hollywood – which looks like a diss to blacks – is actually what we’ve been saying all along: roles should NOT be based on color.”
Dash is starring in a film entitled 7th Secret, which is still in post production. The film is about a young wife who delves into the “Philadelphia underground kink world” and fights to “keep her two worlds from colliding,” according to IMDB.
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