When an Associated Press reporter asked Gabrielle Union to comment on Stacey Dash‘s assertion that Black History Month and BET are forms of segregation, the Being Mary Jane star replied, “Who’s Stacey Dash?”
“Is she like related to Dame Dash? Was she on Roc-A-Fella?” Union continued to joke. “I heard of a crazy lady once, but I don’t know what her name is.” The hashtag #WhoIsStaceyDash began appearing on Twitter soon after.
But this week, Union, who was attending the Sundance Film Festival to support The Birth of a Nation which she also appears in, got serious about the lack of diversity at the Oscars and Hollywood.
“If you don’t see yourself reflected in mainstream awards, you tend to create your own,” she said. “Until there is no longer a need for that, I celebrate the ALMAs [American Latino Media Arts Awards], the same way I celebrate the Country Music Awards, and the same way I celebrate the BET Awards and the Image Awards, which we’ll all be at in a couple of weeks. The more that we focus on inclusion and a true representation of this country, I think that crazy lady will have less to say.”
The Birth of a Nation was written and directed by Nate Parker, who also stars in the film about the slave rebellion Nat Turner led in 1831, and is expected in theaters this year.