Actress Stacey Dash Says It’s Racist To Expect Black Voters To Support Black Candidates
Actress Stacey Dash, who generated controversy last year for being an African-American celebrity who supported Mitt Romney in the Presidential election, is going back to the well to generate more press for herself. In a new interview with Adam Carolla, the Clueless actress said that it’s racist to insist that a black voter can only support a black candidate. Dash voted for Obama in 2008, but said she would vote for Romney in 2012 after believing that Obama failed to live up to his promises.
Speaking on Carolla’s podcast, Dash said she had no regrets about taking the stand she did. “You should be able to make a choice based on the content of someone’s character, not the color of their skin … it’s not 1965. We’ve won that battle. We should move on,” she said. “[Obama] didn’t [unite us]. He did the exact opposite.”
Dash vocalized her support for Romney in October 2012 by posing for a photo of herself behind the American flag and tweeting, “Vote for Romney. The only choice for your future.” The backlash against her was fast and swift. “You’re an unemployed black woman voting for Mitt Romney,” tweeted one user. “You’re voting against yourself thrice. You poor beautiful idiot.”
Dash said she was “shocked” and “saddened” by the comments against her, but said it also spoke to the current political divisiveness in the country.