Welcome to the first in my new set of posts "A Quick Read." Sometimes they'll be quick for you to read and other times they'll be me quickly reading people. For the uninitiated amongst us "a read" is when you school someone or get them together. For an education on all the different ways in which people can be read please visit the masters Crissles & Kid Fury's weekly podcast The Read.
I have long separated my love for Dionne, the character Stacey Dash played in 90s sitcom Clueless and my disdain for the Fox News contributor Stacey Dash is now. The diatribe she spews from her facial orifice is so damaging to the advancement of people of colour it is hard to fathom how as a black woman herself she would so easily contribute to any and all anti-black rhetoric that comes her way.
As an actress of colour who has struggled since the 90s to find work outside of blockbuster straight to VHS, DVD and now Netflix hits such as Lap Dance and Gang of Roses, an actress who has NEVER won an award (receipts here on imdB) herself you would think that she would add something positive to the current discourse surrounding #OscarsSoWhite
Stacey Dash' career itself is evidence of the lack of long running, quality opportunities for people of colour particularly black and brown women. But everyone needs a check, I guess and Stacey Dash earns hers by misrepresenting people of colour's struggle for equality to Fox News's 92% white, 94% Republican viewership.
You can watch the litany of unwashed and uncooked ideas fall from her mouth here. I will never have time to go through every single one today because this is a QUICK read but here's my point; black history month exists because every month is white history month; we are always learning about white historical figures and events. Black Entertainment Television and the like exists because all the other channels cater to white people and have little to no representation for people of colour. Some black and brown people want integration and representation, but acknowledgement and recognition are hard to come by and hard fought for as her parched filmography and hungry awards cabinet clearly demonstrates.
Kerry Washington was the first black woman in 40 years to be cast as the lead in a Network Drama and maybe Stacey Dash would be the lead in her own show too if she went to an acting class once in a while instead of pandering to... sorry, I mean contributing to Fox News.
And I'm done. *Crissle voice*
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