It’s the question that has plagued America since last week: “Who’s Stacey Dash?”
Actress Gabrielle Union mocked the “Clueless” has-been’s dubious call to eliminate the BET Awards and Black History Month amid the #OscarsSoWhite uproar — by pretending she’d never heard of Dash.
“Who’s that? Who’s Stacey Dash? Is she like, related to Dame Dash? Was she on Roc-A-Fella (Records)?” the “Birth of a Nation” star joked during an Associated Press interview Tuesday. “I heard of a crazy lady once, maybe last week, but I don’t know what her name is.”
Union also took a serious turn, defending the need for awards shows that celebrate minorities in showbiz.
“It’s like why there’s a need for ‘The Birth of a Nation’ and why there’s a need for the Country Music Awards and the ALMA Awards,” she said. “If you don’t see yourself reflected in mainstream awards, you tend to create your own.”
“The more that we focus on inclusion and a true representation of this country, I think that crazy lady will have less to say,” the “Being Mary Jane” star added.
Union’s jab at her fellow black actress spawned the gleeful Twitter hashtag #WhoIsStaceyDash Tuesday, with users cheering on the “shade” she’d thrown at Dash.
The actress-turned-Fox News contributor raised eyebrows last week when she called plans to boycott this year’s Oscars over its all-white roster of nominees “ludicrous.”
“We have to make up our minds. Either we want to have segregation or integration. And if we don’t want segregation, then we need 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,” she said on last Wednesday’s “Fox and Friends.”
“If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard.”
She doubled down with one blog post arguing that the BET Network lies to black people and another demanding an apology from her many “Twitter haters,” claiming Oscar winner Morgan Freeman shared her beliefs on nixing Black History Month.
“You want racial healing and reconciliation? You want true equality?” she wrote, sharing a 2006 “60 Minutes” interview with Freeman. “Listen to Morgan Freeman — Stop. Talking. About. Race.”