Actress-turned-FOX News regular Stacey Dash had some criticism for rapper Kanye West in the wake of the controversy surrounding West’s recent onstage rant at the Wireless Festival in the U.K. West complained about media pressure and the invasive culture that permeates celebrity, going so far as to compare it to rape. Dash, speaking on the FOX News show “Outnumbered,” Dash addressed celebrity complaints and blasted West’s comments.
“I don’t know if they mean it or not but for Kanye to say ‘rape,’ maybe he needs to spend some time on Rikers Island,” she said. “Go to Rikers for a little while and then he’ll know what rape is. I don’t get celebrities not understanding that the paparazzi are doing their job.”
At the Wireless Festival, West stated: “Everybody needs a day off,” West said. “Everybody out here likes sex, right? Sex is great when you and your partner be like ‘Hey this something we both wanna do.’ But if one of the people don’t wanna do that, what is that called? That’s called rape. That’s called violation. … Anytime I tell the truth when I get up here, everybody thinks it’s so crazy, right? And the media paint me as if I’m some sort of villain or like I’ve got a bad bone in my body. I’m really more of a porcupine or a blowfish. And the photos they always take is when that blowfish is blown up or when that porcupine is defending itself from the lies and control and the manipulation that you deal with if you are an artist. Sometimes, my only response is to go ‘Aaaaaahhhh!’”
In regard to celebs complaining about paparazzi harassment, Dash said that “they’re just not understanding what the business is.”
Dash says that celebrities’ attitudes make the biggest difference between a peaceful interaction with the paparazzi or a violent altercation. Dash implied that much of the negativity comes from celebrities who are just as hostile to the paps as the photographers are to the celebrities.
“I’ve found that if you’re nice, if you’re polite to them, they leave you alone,” she said. “It’s when you start to call them names and act crazy and put your hands up and do all this drama that they make it a big deal.”