Stacey Dash criticized those who have come out against the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences over the complete absence of non-white acting nominees at this year's Oscars - and called for the elimination of Black History Month and the cable channel BET.
Dash called Jada Pinkett Smith and Spike Lee's plan to boycott the Oscars 'ludicrous,' and then took things a step further.
'We have to make up our minds,' Dash said during an appearance on Fox & Friends.
'Either we want to have segregation or integration. And if we don't want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET [Black Entertainment Television] and the BET Awards and the Image Awards where you're only awarded if you're black.'
She then added: 'If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It's a double standard.'
Dash did not stop there either, saying later in the interview when again asked if BET should be on air: 'No, I don't think so, no. Just like there shouldn't be a Black History Month. You know? We're Americans. Period. That's it.'
BET was quick to respond to Dash's comment in an Instagram post, writing; 'Soooooo @realstaceyldash, can we get our check back... or nah? #Remember #YouWereOnTheGame #AndWeDontMeanTheRapper.'
It included a photo of the actress appearing on its program The Game, where she had a guest role, along with the snide remark about her dating the rapper The Game.
Debra Lee, CEO of BET Networks, also said in a statement; 'Through our award shows and programming we have recognized incredible talent that simply does not get recognized elsewhere.
'African American contributions to American culture are countless and we cannot and should not wait for anyone to acknowledge them.'
Dash, 49, had previously discussed eliminating Black History Month and BET in a post on her blog late last year.
She wrote at the time; 'I don’t need a special month or special channel. What’s sad is that these insidious things only keep us segregated and invoke false narratives.'
Dash voted for Barack Obama in the 2008 US presidential election. In 2012, however, she switched her party affiliation from Democrat to Republican, and endorsed Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on her Twitter account. Some Twitter users responded with criticism, racial epithets and calls for her to commit suicide, while others supported her and addressed the criticism. In response to the harassment, Dash stated, "My humble opinion... EVERYONE is entitled to one". She said, "I really don't understand the fury. I don't get it. ... I was shocked, really shocked. But you can't expect everyone to agree with you." Vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan personally telephoned her. During their conversation, Ryan thanked Dash for supporting the Romney–Ryan ticket, and "told her she was brave".
Since the 2012 election, Dash has publicly expressed her political views. She criticized hip hop singers Jay-Z and Beyoncé's trip to Cuba in April 2013. Dash asked her fans on Twitter if they cared whether Jay-Z visited the Communist nation before the embargo was lifted.