Justice

Why Hashtag #WhoIsStaceyDash Is Going Viral

January 27th 2016

By:
Taylor Bell

The hashtag #WhoIsStaceyDash is making its rounds on social media in light of actress Gabrielle Union's comments about Fox News contributor Stacey Dash and her opinions on race.

At the Sundance Film Festival premiere of "Birth of a Nation," Union was asked to respond to Dash's remarks that condemned celebrities backing the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, along with those who support keeping Black Entertainment Television Network, EW reported.

"We have to make up our mind. 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. If it were the other way around, we’d be up in arms. It’s a double standard.”

In addition, Dash even condemned Black History Month. 

“There shouldn’t be a Black History Month. We’re Americans, period. That’s it," the Washington Post reports.

When asked to comment, Gabielle Union said this:

“Is she like related to Dame Dash? Was she on Roc-A-Fella [Records]? I heard of a crazy lady once, but I don’t know what her name is.”

That's when the internet applauded.

Dash's comments couldn't be more wrong, as the Washington Post points out. BET formed when MTV refused to air music videos featuring and created by Black artists. Clearly today there is still need for this type of discussion, considering the lack of diverse nominations for the Oscars.

You can watch Union's full response to the Associated Press regarding Dash's comments here: