BET Slams Stacey Dash Over Oscars 2016 Boycott Comments
Stacey Dash was far from candid when she spoke out about the recent Oscar controversy, specifically slamming the boycott and the end of BET, the BET Awards, and Black History month.
“We have to make up our minds. Either we want to have segregation or integration, and if we don’t want segregation, then we have 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,” Dash shared on a segment with Fox and Friends. “If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard.”
BET wasted no time and blasted Dash on Instagram last night.
The caption refers to the CW series The Game that later aired on BET at the beginning of Season 4. Along with the Instagram, BET fashioned an entire photo gallery, “Every Time Stacey Dash Proved She Was Clueless,” to showcase the Clueless star’s recent words.
The Black Entertainment Network issued an official statement to BuzzFeed News illustrating the true meaning behind BET:
“Over 35 years ago BET was created to give African Americans and lovers of black culture a place in the television landscape where they could consistently see themselves represented and celebrated. Through our award shows and programming, we have recognized incredible talent that simply does not get recognized elsewhere — from entertainment to politics to business to the arts. African American contributions to American culture are countless and we cannot and should not wait for anyone to acknowledge them — we have to do it ourselves and we are proud that we can do our part with the BET Awards, BET Honors, Black Girls Rock, Soul Train Awards, BET Hip Hop Awards, Celebration of Gospel and more!”
Dash’s words come after many celebrities have spoken out about the recent Oscar nominations and the lack of diversity. Many entertainers, including Jada Pinkett Smith, Tyrese, and Spike Lee plan to boycott the ceremony on February 28.