Stacey Dash's latest round of comments have made quite a few people angry—including one of her former employers.
On Wednesday's Fox & Friends and Outnumbered, the 49-year-old Clueless star called the controversy surrounding 2016's all-white Oscar nominees "ludicrous," suggested we no longer celebrate Black History Month and said we "need to get rid of channels like BET...."
Understandably, BET wasn't happy. They were quick to remind Dash, too, that she was on The Game, a BET original show, from 2009 to 2011. The BET Twitter and Instagram accounts both shared a photo from the show, quipping, "Soooooo @realstaceyldash, can we get our check back... or nah? #Remember #YouWereOnTheGame #AndWeDontMeanTheRapper"
Zing! Debra L. Lee, Chairman and CEO of BET Network, also released the following statement: "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 has yet to publicly acknowledge BET's tweet on her history with the channel, but she is very much standing by her initial comments. In a Patheos blog post titled, "I Was Right Today on Outnumbered: There Should Be No Black History Month," she posted her controversial quotes from her appearance (including those about BET) verbatim.
Dash also told readers she's "not alone" with this mentality and directed them to Morgan Freeman's 2005 interview with 60 Minutes. In it, the actor referred to Black History month as, "ridiculous," saying, "I don't want a Black History Month. Black history is America history."
When 60 Minutes' Mike Wallace asked how, then, would we get rid of racism, Freeman responded, "Stop talking about it. I'm going to stop calling you a white man. And I'm going to ask you to stop calling me a black man. I know you as Mike Wallace. You know me as Morgan Freeman. You're not going to say, 'I know this white guy named Mike Wallace.' Hear what I'm saying?'"
Watch the video below to hear what Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee have to say about the lack of diversity among this year's Academy Award nominees.