One of the hardest aspects of being in Hollywood is the need to stay relevant. If people are talking about you, then you will continue to be successful or you will continue to have opportunities thrown your way. Take Stacey Dash, an ageless actress, best known for her work in the movie Clueless. She has been in the news over the last couple of years. Someone recently called her a “Conservative Thought Leader.” In Hollywood–the place of reinvention–Ms. Dash has reinvented herself as a “Thought Leader” as well as a Fox News commentator. She’s a proud Republican and has a lot of opinions.
I recently visited Twitter and checked on some trends and was surprised that Stacey’s interview with Meredith Veira was trending. She’d said some things which were clearly outrageous and so Twitter reacted. I’m going to do my best in explaining two of her quotes and why people react to her so negatively and don’t like her.
Gender Pay Inequality
Apparently Stacey Dash hasn’t been in favor of female stars talking about gender pay inequality. On the Meredith Veira show, she said, “I feel like it’s an excuse. It’s the same thing with race. It’s an excuse. Stop making excuses. If there are opportunities, seize them and be prepared for them, and be the best, if that’s what it takes. If you have to be extraordinary, then be extraordinary.”
So in other words, if women are making .70 on the $1.00 for what a man makes, women should work harder. HUH? Women are being less of doing the same job, but pointing that out is an excuse. The fact that systemic gender pay inequality exists can be fixed by women working harder and “being extraordinary.” Now, if I’m a woman (which I am) and I doing the job of an accountant and I’m making 65k a year, but my male counterpart who is doing the exact same job, for the exact qualifications, for the exact amount of time and he is making 75k, I’m mad about that. And, for Stacey to act like its okay to discriminate against women is why people don’t like her.
On Obama and the Minority Community
Stacey is not impressed with President Obama. In an interview on the “Hannity” show, she was asked if President Obama tenure has helped the minority community. She stated, “No, not at all…” “It still keeps them stuck. They are getting money for free,” Dash said during an appearance Tuesday on “Hannity.” “They feel worthless. They are uneducated.”
Now, just because she’s African American, she doesn’t have to like President Obama or feel he’s doing well in office. There are reports about unemployment rates being down and insurance coverage being up all across America. But, hey, don’t read those reports. That’s fine. But, when she says that minorities feel worthless and they are uneducated, that paints a negative picture. And, we know all minorities whether they are poor, middle class, or upper class–they don’t all feel worthless. They aren’t all uneducated. So, again, people can accept that she doesn’t like Obama, but when she says minorities feel worthless and are uneducated, she’s talking about a large cross section of the American population without the statistical data to support the statement. That’s why people don’t like her. And, I must admit, I’m not particularly fond of her either.
Everyone has a right to their opinions, but I believe opinions should be based on some research, statistical facts, knowledge and not just bias against a group of people. I don’t know Stacey personally, but I believe she has a certain prejudice against women as well as minorities. It’s hard to read those above statements and think otherwise.
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Peace & Love,