This might be my favorite thing that has happened in pop culture in the month of January.
A reporter asked the beautifully melaninated (no, that’s not a real word. Yes, I just made it up) Gabrielle Union what she thought about the comments the perpetually dumb Stacey Dash made on Fox and Friends last week.
For those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about, Stacey Dash went on Fox and Friends (her first mistake) to comment on the controversy surrounding the #OscarsSoWhite uproar. Dash said the following, “We have to make up our minds, 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.”
This remark is incredibly stupid for several reasons, and particularly stupid for a Black woman to make. A black woman that has appeared on black television and movies (The Game, Single Ladies, Fresh Prince, Mo’ Money and more) and black publications (JET, King, Pride and more). I think it’s safe to say that without a space for Black media, Dash probably wouldn’t even have a career. But we’re not here for Stacey Dum Dum Dash; Union’s amazingly worded shade is what brings us here on today.
She started out by pretending not knowing who Dash is. “Is she related to Dame Dash?” Was she on Roc-A- Fella?” Hilarious! Then preceded to call her a “crazy lady,” which I think is an accurate description. She goes on to read her for pure and utter filth about why not only the BET and Image Awards are necessary, but also, other award shows (CMAs and ALMA) that highlight other groups of people that are not represented and highlighted at the Oscars.
Union says, “If you don’t see yourself reflected in mainstream awards, you tend to create your own. The more that we focus on inclusion and a true representation of this country, I think that crazy lady will have less to say.”
And that’s really all it comes down to. Well done, Ms. Union, well done.