Stacey Dash Responds To Anthony Anderson’s Comments At NAACP Image Awards

Stacey Dash’s 2016 is off to a pretty rocky start, specifically because of her recent comments on black culture, the Oscars controversy, Black History Month, and Joseph Fiennes being cast to play Michael Jackson. Anthony Anderson, during the NAACP Image Awards this month, commented on Stacey Dash and her statements, which have upset and angered a lot of people within the black community. Anderson, star of ABC’s Black-ish, took to the stage and basically roasted Dash, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“Everybody give a round of applause for Stacey Dash! What the hell is she doing here? Doesn’t she know that the Fox network is using her? She’s just an Ann Coulter dipped in butterscotch. That’s all she is. Baby, don’t let them use you! Come back to the black people.”

Stacey, 49, responded to Anderson’s comments on Twitter.

Stacey Dash first got herself into trouble when she was asked about the #OscarsSoWhite controversy on Fox & Friends. The Clueless actress said that the whole thing was ridiculous. Dash basically insisted that if black people are upset with the lack of representation in this year’s Academy Award nominations, then it is high time that television stations like BET be removed, as well as the BET and Image Awards. Because, in her words, those only focus on the African-American community, and “if it were the other way around, we would be up in arms – it’s a double standard,” she says.

Dash doubled down on those thoughts, saying that Black History Month is also something that should not exist, since it only focuses on black people, while the country does not acknowledge the white community with a month of their own. According to her, we shouldn’t be classifying ourselves by our race, but instead, our nationality.

“We’re Americans, period, that’s it,” Stacey Dash told Steve Doocy.

Roland Martin, commentator for TV One and the host of News One Now, provided a humorous reply to her statements, roasting her much in the same fashion Anthony Anderson did – as well as proving some of her statements to be incorrect as well as hypocritical.

Ever since, Twitter has been responding, pointing out the hypocrisies and agreeing overall with the outrage black people felt in response to Stacey’s comments on Fox & Friends.

Stacey Dash also applauds the decision for a white actor, Joseph Fiennes, to play the role of iconic black pop star Michael Jackson in a television movie. The project is described as a road trip-comedy, taking place immediately after the September 11, 2001 attack, with actor Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor, and Jackson all hitching a ride together. She wrote about her approval of the casting on her blog, saying “bravo!”

“I don’t care about the race of the actors portraying historical figures and I can’t wait to see Joseph’s portrayal of Jackson…It’ll be amazing as long as he plays him truthfully and authentically… I want to see more of this diversity and thinking outside of the box with the equality that this designation entails — this is the right track.”

Dash insists that acting roles should not come down to ethnicity, and applauds the decision to cast a white actor to play a black man, because she is tired of hearing things like, “sorry, Stacey, this is a Caucasian-only role.” Apparently, the fact that Michael Jackson was born an African-American is completely irrelevant, due to his skin disorder vitiligo changing the color of his skin. People speculated that he was simply bleaching his skin. Dash’s comments on Fiennes being cast, not surprisingly, caused more outraged within the black community on social media.

Stacey Dash also has an upcoming memoir, There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative, which will be released in June this summer.

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