Dishing on Dash. Whoopi Goldberg and her fellow View cohosts responded to Stacey Dash's recent comments that BET and Black History Month shouldn't exist during their Hot Topics segment on Thursday, January 21.
As previously reported, the Clueless alum, 49, made the remarks after she was asked about the controversy surrounding the Oscars during Fox News' Fox & Friends on Wednesday.
View panelist Sunny Hostin was first to jump into the hot topic on Thursday. "I think it’s the height of hypocrisy that Stacey Dash would say that there should be no BET when she had a recurring role on the BET series The Game," Hostin, 47, said. (Indeed, the network itself made the same point by posting a screenshot of Dash on the show and writing, "Can we have our check back. . . or nah? #Remember #YouWereOnTheGame #AndWeDontMeanTheRapper.")
"I just think it’s incredible that she would give up whatever values she had in the first place to pander to an audience that is sort of angry and scared of people that don’t look like that," Hostin continued. "[Dash] is doing it for the dollar. When you compromise your values for money, you know who you are." Hostin also noted that Dash previously presented at the NAACP Image Awards.
Cohost Paula Faris then chimed in and played devil's advocate. "Racial tensions are at an all-time high in the last 20 years," she said. "Is [BET and Black History Month] subconsciously, whether we realize it or not, creating a divide amongst us and pitting one group against the next?" Goldberg, 60, responded — and didn't hold back.
"[Black History Month is] not taught as it pertains to America. American history holds all of us — and [Dash] is right in that — but we're not all treated like Americans," she said. "And one of the reasons there is a BET is because networks wouldn't take a lot of the shows that have an all-black cast."
Watch their exchange in the video above.
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