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Stacey Dash Recalls Not Wanting to Audition for 'Black-ish' in New Memoir, Says Show Reinforces 'Cultural Stereotypes'

by Andi Rocco 7:45 AM PDT, June 09, 2016
Photo: Regnery Publishing

She's best known for her role as Dionne in the iconic 1995 teen classic, Clueless, but more recently she has been a popular contributor for Fox News appearing regularly on Outnumbered. The Hollywood star received backlash when she "came out" as a conservative in 2012 by endorsing Mitt Romney on Twitter, saying, "Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future."

Between all the heated racial rhetoric and the divisive language from TV and the Internet, Dash felt compelled to speak out.

The 49-year-old has published her first book, There Goes My Social Life -- revealing exactly what she thinks about race, politics, and America. Dash doesn't stop there, though, opening up about how her rough upbringing shaped the rest of her life -- her relationships, her politics, even her faith.

Photo: Regnery Publishing

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Read an excerpt from her new book -- chapter seven to be exact -- below:

In 2014 Black-ish, a show that was supposed to be "The Cosby Show for modern times," debuted. I didn't want to audition for it, but my manager Nathan made me go. He said something about needing to put food on the table. One of the lines in my audition was when a man says to his wife, "Didn't you see Roots?"

She says,"Yeah," but he knows she has really never seen the iconic miniseries about slavery.

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"You've never seen Roots because you're not all black," he says. "You're mixed."

"Yeah, well tell that to my ass and my hair," she replies. I put down the script and looked at Nathan. "Really?" Why would they do a show about being black that has such ridiculous stereotypes? It's the twenty-first century. Get on with it. Are we supposed to believe that one's blackness is defined by hair, body type, and television miniseries preferences? Please. The producers of this show are only perpetuating stereotypes: all black people must play the same sports, think the same thoughts, live in the same type of neighborhood, eat the same foods, and watch the same television. (By the way, I don't even get why a channel like BET exists. I understand Telemundo. Spanish is a different language. But BET? We don't speak a different language, so we don't need a special channel. Are we missing a chromosome? Is there something different about our DNA? If you had an all white channel I think all hell would break loose.)

After Black-ish debuted, it even had an episode where the oldest son joined the Young Republicans at school to impress a girl. His parents were apoplectic. His dad said, "There are certain things in life that are just true. Fact: The Earth revolves around the Sun. Fact: Two times two is four. And fact: Black people aren't Republicans. We just aren't. We vote for Democrats." He added, "Sure, the other side may trot out a token black face every now and again, but the fact of the matter is, being a black Republican is something we just don't do."

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The mother also reacted very strongly to the news: "Republican? ... No! ... We don't do that, Dre! We are compassionate liberals who believe in tolerance, acceptance, open--"

Then the dad interrupted: "Yeah, yeah, yeah, whatever. But we're black, alright? That's all that matters. We're black."

With its heavy-handed reinforcement of cultural stereotypes, Black-ish was no Cosby Show.

There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative is available now.

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