“I think it’s the height of hypocrisy that Stacey Dash would say that there should be no BET when she had a recurring role on the BET show, The Game,” Sunny Hostin said, before calling out all of Dash’s accolades which include presenting at the NAACP Theatre Awards and covering magazines like Jet, Pride, Heart & Soul, Smooth and King – all publications targeted to African-American readers.
Hostin continued, “I just think it’s incredible that she would give up whatever values she had in the first place to pander to an audience that is sort of angry and scared of people that don’t look like them. She is giving them reasons to continue to be angry and scared and she’s doing it for the dollar.”
Although co-host Paula Faris didn’t disagree with Hostin, she questioned if channels like BET and the celebration of Black History Month are “subconsciously” dividing Americans. However she also acknowledged the importance of celebrating differences.
After questioning what exactly Faris knew about black history – to which she said “what I have learned in school” – Whoopi Goldberg gave Faris her opinion on the matter.
“Let me just answer my own question,” Goldberg said. “The thing is, it’s not taught. Asian history is not taught in school. As it pertains to America – American history holds all of us, and she’s right in that. Yes, we are all Americans, but we are not all treated like Americans.”
Goldberg continued, saying that networks like BET exist because other networks wouldn’t take shows with an all-black cast until recently with ABC’s Black-ish.
While hosts Joy Behar and Sarah Haines were relatively quiet about the controversy, both did offer an opinion, with Behar stating that “white history month is every month, so black history month is there to highlight the history.”
Haines echoed the sentiments of the majority of her co-hosts, comparing black actors to gay actors and referencing her brother’s– who’s gay – experience with only seeing one “flamboyant” gay character on television.
“If I turned on the TV and didn’t see any character or person that I resonate with – if I were just a white person sitting at home and everything was black,” she added. “If the roles were reversed, I would look for people I could relate to.”