“Who Is Stacey Dash?” is trending, and I can’t be more elated. If you’re curious about its significance, here is a clip of the beautiful and clever Gabrielle Union responding to an interview question about the “crazy lady.”
You may know FOX News host Stacey Dash from the movie and television series, Clueless. Maybe you’ve seen her on an episode of BET’s The Game. She was also a video vixen in many R&B and Hip Hop music videos. Don’t believe me? Just turn to BET; they’ve been putting her on blast all week.
So I assume your next question is, “Why is Stacey Dash getting so much flak?”
Well, it all started when the Academy announced its lily-white nominees for best actor/actress for the second year in a row, and the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite started trending again in response.
Ms. Dash aka “the crazy lady” took it upon herself to piss off every black person in America and say that if we really wanted to end segregation, we’d get rid of BET, the NAACP, Black Girls Rock, Black History Month, etc.
Oh, Stacey Dash. Poor, poor Stacey Dash. Forty-nine years old, and you’re still clueless.
Let me school you for a minute. Organizations like the NAACP, television stations like BET, celebrations like Black Girls Rock or Black History Month, were not created to perpetuate segregation. They were meant to uplift people of color. If we can’t get any representation in the mainstream white society, then we’ll just do it ourselves, because while privilege allows them to shine and pushes us to the back of the bus, creating honors just for us, brings our accomplishments to the forefront. Our creations tell us we is kind, we is smart, we is important. They assure us that we matter in this world.
And I’m sure Robin Thicke has been nominated for a BET Award once or twice.
Will eliminating the honors we created lead to inclusion? I doubt it, and here’s why. #OscarsSoWhite isn’t just about black actors not being nominated for an Oscar. So, to those academy members screaming, “I’m not racist! I have black friends. I voted for black actors,” you are completely missing the point (as usual).
Not only were black actors snubbed, but no minority was nominated for an Oscar. Again. And even more alarming is that in the 80-some years the Academy Awards have been around, we can only name a handful of minority actors who have actually won. While this may have a lot to do with the biasness of a nearly all-white Academy, it has more to do with the fact that there are virtually no roles in Hollywood created for minority actors.
You may remember Viola Davis brought this up in her acceptance speech at the Emmy’s last year.
Sure, there are the Will Smith’s, Denzel Washington’s, and Morgan Freeman’s of the acting world, who are almost guaranteed at least one big-named Hollywood film a year. But what about the lesser known actors?
It’s even worse for black Hollywood actresses! Most of them have found success only in television. Think of shows like Scandal, How to Get Away with Murder, Sleepy Hollow, Minority Report (I don’t watch much TV, so I’m sure there are more that I haven’t named), all of which have black female leads. Then, of course, there are the popular television programs with all-minority casts: Jane the Virgin, black-ish, Fresh off the Boat, The Haves and Have-Nots, Being Mary Jane, Empire. The explosive popularity of Empire alone should tell producers that we want to see more shows like it on television, and subsequently, more movies like it in Hollywood.
Yet Hollywood still has this problem of white-washing, even in an immensely diverse world. Take for example the movie, Gods of Egypt, which, like Exodus: Gods and Kings, stars an all-white cast, as if Hollywood conveniently forgot that Egypt was a part of Africa, and that if the ancient Egyptians weren’t dark skin, they were at least brown and most definitely NOT white.
But good luck telling Hollywood producers that. They seem to be dead-set in their ways, which apparently haven’t changed since the first films appeared in the early 20th century.