Stacey Dash says BET 'lies to American black people'

The actress called for BET and Black History Month to be abolished.
By Annie Martin Follow @littlemannie   |   Jan. 22, 2016 at 10:27 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Stacey Dash continued to criticize BET on her website Thursday, saying the network "lies" to promote segregation.

The 49-year-old actress faced heavy backlash for suggesting the network should be abolished Wednesday on Fox & Friends, and penned a blog post in response to BET pointing out she appeared on its series The Game.

"Ever since I said this on Fox yesterday, Black Entertainment Television has been throwing shade," Dash wrote. "Thank you for reminding me [of The Game], since most people have never heard of that show. Why? It's on BET. Quick. Name the top shows on BET. Drawing a blank? I think I've made my point."

"I look forward to the day when people don't self-segregate based on skin color, while loudly complaining about a segregated society," she said. "BET lies to American black people by telling them that the rest of America is racist, so stick close to your own kind. Anything that promotes segregation is bad!"

Dash made her initial remarks while discussing an Oscar boycott, calling the protest "ludicrous" and suggesting Black History Month also be abolished. Her comments didn't sit well with The View host Whoopi Goldberg and guest host Sunny Hostin, who criticized Dash on Thursday's show.

"I think it's the height of hypocrisy that Stacey Dash would say that there should be no BET when she had a recurring role on [The Game]," Hostin said. "I just think it's incredible that she would give up whatever values she had in the first place to pander to [Fox], an audience that is sort of angry and scared of people that don't look like that."

"[Black history is] not taught," Goldberg added of Black History Month. "American history holds all of us but we're not all treated like Americans. One of the reasons there is a BET is because networks wouldn't take a lot of the shows that have an all-black cast."

Dash is best known for playing Dionne Davenport in Clueless and its TV series adaptation, and has since appeared on UPN series The Strip and VH1 drama Single Ladies. The actress joined Fox News as a contributor in 2014.

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