Joseph Fiennes as Michael Jackson: Here’s what Stacey Dash has to say

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Leave it to Stacey Dash to egg this nonsense on.

Just days after actor Joseph Fiennes landed the role of Michael Jackson in an upcoming 30-minute television movie, the “Fox & Friends” correspondent weighed in on the controversial Hollywood racial decision writing, “BRAVO!” on her blog. “I’m sick and tired of being told ‘Sorry, Stacey, this is a Caucasian-only role.’ Counterintuitively, this decision by Hollywood — which looks like a diss to Bblacks — is actually what we’ve been saying all along: roles should NOT be based on color.”

In case you missed it, last week, Fiennes was cast as the late icon in a made-for-TV film, which depicts Jackson, Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor on a cross-country road trip following the 9/11 attacks. Although in real life, Jackson’s skin had visibly lightened as he suffered from vitiligo, the Black community has been up in arms over what they consider a total lack of respect for the pop star’s legacy.

Dash went on to cite the popular Broadway show Hamilton, which features Black stars depicting White founding fathers, to back her opinion. “This decision throws that White-only card out the window. They can’t look at Black actors and say, ‘Sorry this role is Caucasian-only.’ Roles should not be dictated by race,” she continued. “I want to see more of this diversity and thinking outside of the box with the equality that this designation entails —this is the right track.”

Needless to say, Dash already knows she’s not exactly well liked she but embraces it wholeheartedly. “Yes, I’m asking for a lot. Yes, I’m going against the flow of traffic. Yes, I will receive hate over this,” she wrote. “Guess what? I don’t care. I have wings.”

Either Dash is crazy or she knows exactly what she’s doing. Late last month the former actress made headlines over her controversial comments regarding the Oscars boycott. “I think it’s ludicrous,” she said. “Because we have to make up our minds. Either we want segregation or integration.” She continued, “If we don’t want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET, and the BET Awards and the Image Awards, where you’re only awarded if you’re Black — If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard.”

What are your thoughts on Dash glorifying Jackson’s whitewashed casting? Sound off in the comment section below.

R. Hawkins
R. Hawkins

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