Stacey Dash (pictured) is well aware that she has recently pissed a lot of people off and now she’s saying sorry, sort of. In response to being rightfully accused of victim-blaming on the subject of sexual assault, Dash has offered an apology, though one that deflects from full culpability. You know, thereby making it meaningless.
During a discussion about campus rape on FOX News’ “Outnumbered,” Dash spoke of “bad girls” and “bad women” who like to “get naughty,” thus spurring their own victimization.
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In response to the flack, Dash took to Facebook to write:
“After a failed attempt at humor about ‘good girls’ and ‘naughty girls,’ during my recent appearance on Outnumbered, I transitioned to the very serious issue of men blaming alcohol for their vile behavior. LET ME BE CLEAR: I am a victim of physical and sexual abuse. My point was that there IS NO EXCUSE for a man taking advantage of women under any circumstances. I believe that these universities focusing on alcohol consumption as a means to stop evil behavior takes the focus off the real issue of the objectification of women and how that can be prevented. I apologize to anyone who believed I was blaming the victims of these horrible acts.”
People accused Stacey Dash of victim blaming because Stacey Dash did blame the victims.
Speaking on reports that sorority women at the University of Virginia were ordered by their national chapters to avoid fraternity “bid night” parties, Dash originally said:
“I just think it’s ridiculous, and I think it’s a good thing for the good girls … women to be told, ‘Stay home. Be safe.’ The other bad girls — bad women — or the ones who like to be naughty, might go out and play and get hurt. But the other thing about this is that it then blames the alcohol instead of the person who over-drinks. It’s the same thing with guns. Guns don’t kill people; people kill people. Alcohol doesn’t get you drunk; you get yourself drunk.”
Dash claims she was making a joke, but where is the punchline?
More importantly, who makes jokes about rape? The only thing relatively humorous about any of this is that Stacey Dash is paid by a news network for her analysis — and you’re mostly laughing to stop yourself from crying.
I know it’s hard out here for a Black actress who doesn’t have Shonda Rhimes, Mara Brock Akil, or Tyler Perry’s numbers, but can we please get Stacey Dash back to acting?
I imagine the steady check from News Corp. is lovely, but Dash is out of her league. Take another recent Dash moment on FOX News in which she claimed Mitt Romney’s announcement to not run for the presidency a third time was some sort of Jedi mind trick.
According to Dash, “I think the fact that he is a numbers guy, makes me believe that this is a chess move. I don’t believe he’s not going to run.” This is what happens when your political knowledge is based on half-watching “House of Cards” one dark and snowy weekend in the city.
There are other offenses: The cliche-ridden opinion that the Democratic Party opts with a “plantation mentality“; that government assistance is a “new form of slavery“; comparing President Barack Obama to a child in his handling of foreign policy; arguing that Black people feel “uneducated” and “worthless” under the Obama administration; publicly shaming Oprah Winfrey for her thoughts on Travyon Martin.
Stacey Dash wouldn’t have an informed political opinion if it were sewn in to her skull. Dash has been given this platform on FOX News for two reasons: She is a Black conservative willing to articulate White patriarchal viewpoints about race and gender to the delight of her White male co-hosts. The other is that Dash is a celebrity, which once again reminds us that society’s insatiable need for all things famous has created a climate in which anyone with even a modicum of clout can step in to any arena they want to.
Even if they’re not at all qualified to exist in such a space.
There are some celebrities capable of thoughtful sociopolitical commentary like Jesse Williams, a former teacher who routinely appears on CNN and MSNBC speaking truth to power. Even so, such stars are proving themselves increasingly rare. And we need to find something else for Stacey Dash to do for a living.
Like, can we get Rev. Al Sharpton or Minister Louis Farrakhan to set up a peace meeting between her and LisaRaye so we can get her problematic self off FOX News and back on “Single Ladies” and those Red Box theater movies? That’s more her lane and it’s perfectly fine for anyone to exist in. Please, someone, save Stacey Dash from Stacey Dash.
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Michael Arceneaux hails from Houston, lives in Harlem, and praises Beyoncé’s name wherever he goes. Follow him @youngsinick.
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