Yikes! Most of America was floored by Jesse Williams’ passionate speech about race at the BET Awards on June 26, but there was one person who was not a fan. Stacey Dash, to nobody’s surprise, hated the speech and even called him a ‘plantation slave’. WTF?! Check it out.
We should have expected this. Three days after 34-year-old Jesse Williams’ insanely passionate speech about race at the 2016 BET Awards, Stacey Dash, 49, did what she does and made some outrageous statement about it. Somehow she managed to compare him giving his eloquent, intense speech to being a “plantation slave.” Here’s the scoop.
“You’ve just seen the perfect example of a HOLLYWOOD plantation slave!” said Stacey of the impassioned speech Jesse gave at the BET Awards. While many hailed the speech as a brilliant explanation of the state of race in America, Stacey called it “racist,” and said it was “nothing short of an attack on white people.”
“Sorry, Mr. Williams. But the fact that you were standing on that stage at THOSE awards tells people you really don’t know what you’re talking about. Just spewing hate and anger,” she raged on in a blog post. “That chip on the shoulders of people like you will weigh you down and keep you from flying free. But true freedom is never free. You have to know how to fly. If anyone is making you feel this way its you. Living in a psychological prison of your own making. If anyone is GHETTO-IZING anyone, it’s people like you letting the BETs and other media outlets portray us in stereotypes.”
Good lord. Jesse had been trying to make a point about how black culture is taken and re-branded by white media, saying “we’re done watching and waiting while this invention called whiteness uses and abuses us, burying black people out of sight and out of mind while extracting our culture, our dollars, our entertainment … ghettoizing and demeaning our creations, then stealing them, gentrifying our genius and then trying us on like costumes before discarding our bodies like rinds of strange fruit. The thing is, though — just because we’re magic, doesn’t mean we’re not real.”
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