Uh-oh, Stacey Dash is back in the news. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, the FOX pundit, who is currently promoting her memoir There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative, stated that the way to fix Hollywood's diversity problem is to "stop segregating films."
[Diversity is] absolutely a problem, but a diversity outreach program won’t solve it. Movie casting being colorblind is the way to solve it. Stop segregating films. We have Black Hollywood and Hollywood. You know that, and I know that. We should get rid of black films, and everybody just make films.
When asked what the meanest thing anyone's said to her about her politics, Dash answered:
Everybody tells me I’m racist. I’m a black Mexican. It’s absurd. White casting people have actually said to me, “You’re not black enough.” It’s the same as stereotyping white people, with ugly sweaters at Christmas and grandma drunk on eggnog. That’s not white people, and now they say black people have to think, act, speak and look a certain way in order be black enough.
The problems Dash mentions are certainly valid, but her solutions—at least the way she phrases them—leave something to be desired. But this is not new for Dash, who in an interview with Entertainment Tonight said that transgender people should pee in the bushes. She clarified that statement, though, saying it was just a stupid answer to a stupid question.
That was misconstrued. The woman asked me an asinine question. "What if they don’t know what they are that day?" I thought that was so insulting to transgenders, who take a lot of time and thought to change. So I answered her ridiculous question with a ridiculous answer. I should have just not answered, but she made me angry. I didn’t mean to offend anybody. Of course I don’t think anybody should have to go pee in the bushes, although I have when I had to.
The thing is, that's not quite what was said. What actually happened was when ET's Nischelle Turner asked her about transgender people using bathrooms that don't correspond to their birth gender, and Dash said: "It's tyranny by the minority. Why should I have to suffer because you can't decide what you want to be that day?"
So, really, she's the one who implied that trans people aren't putting any time or thought into it. Just saying.