“When I got pregnant, I was doing a lot of drugs and I didn’t want to live. I wanted to die,” Stacey Dash told People Magazine in her exclusive tell-all.
That was 25 years ago, and the actress, frequent Fox “News” guest and former co-host for Fox’s Outnumbered was young, single, on drugs and in an abusive relationship when she found herself pregnant by her abusive boyfriend. Given what she’s described as a rough background with drug addicts for parents, Stacey Dash may have felt like she had nowhere to turn for help. Like many young women in similar situations, Stacey Dash chose to have an abortion. But at the last minute, she changed her mind, due to what she describes as a dramatic case of divine intervention.
“I was going to have an abortion. I was crying and I said to God, ‘Please tell me what to do.’ And God told me, ‘Keep your son.’ I ripped the IV out of my arm and I said, ‘I’m keeping my son.'”
And now Stacey Dash has no regrets: She is blessed with two beautiful children (her adult son and 12-year-old daughter), a semi-successful career as an actress (most notably in the aptly-named “Clueless“) and her stint on Fox “News” (until she got suspended in Dec. 2015 for making comments that even Fox News found “offensive and inappropriate”).
The problem with Stacey Dash’s story isn’t that she chose not to have an abortion after hearing a message from God. It’s that Stacey Dash supports an agenda that denies the right of others to make different choices.
Stacey Dash’s tale of finding success after rising from the ashes of her torrid youth would be inspiring except for the right-wing spin she puts on it. After all, the main purpose of her chat with People was to promote her new book “There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless To Conservative.” Apparently, this writer is not the only one who feels baffled and repelled by the far-right views the actress, newly-minted author and frequent Fox guest expresses on Fox News and elsewhere.
Last fall, Stacey Dash wrote on Patheos, a blog and forum for religion, atheism and spirituality that she sees support for Planned Parenthood and other women’s health clinics as a plot to murder black children before they’re born.
“I am so sick of hearing Planned Parenthood and their abortion allies on the Left claim to be pro-women and pro-minorities. The facts just don’t back up their boasts. If you are so pro African-American communities, Planned Parenthood, stop targeting black women and aborting our children.”
Like so many others in the GOP, she even appropriates refrains from the Black Lives Matter movement to serve her right-wing agenda.
“Populations that we don’t want to have too many of? Are we serious here? Is this really happening? Unfortunately, it is. It’s time for us to stand up and speak truth to power. Black lives do matter. And that includes the lives of black unborn children.”
What a load of horse shit. The Christian Right doesn’t care about black lives or any other lives. They just want to deny women of all colors access to health services and the freedom they claim to hold so dear. Despite what anti-choicers like Stacey Dash want you to believe, no one is trying to force black women to have abortions. Even back in the early 20th century when eugenics was, unfortunately, A Thing, Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger never applied that theory to race and always promoted birth control over abortion (Planned Parenthood has long since denounced any and all eugenics theories).
Oh, and once these mothers are forced to have children they don’t want or lack the wherewithal to raise, Stacey Dash wants to deny them welfare and other government services.
“When you get stuff for free, you have no self-worth. When you have no self-worth, you become depressed, addicted and either abused or an abuser. This is what perpetuates the cycle of violence in inner cities. We don’t need free stuff. We need opportunities.”
Of course, we don’t know how the heck Stacey Dash managed to get by after having Austin in 1991 (she probably wants us to buy her book to find out). She’d already appeared in “Moving” (1988), with small roles in Mo’ Money (1991) and Renaissance Man (1994) to follow, and — finally — her big break in” Clueless” (1995). But you can bet she’ll say she found success because of talent, persistence, and hard work…And discount the fact that her career had already gained some traction and she also got a lucky break.
As the actress began landing fewer and fewer roles, her new career as a right-wing commentator with Fox began to take off when they signed her on in 2014.
Damon Dash accuses cousin Stacey of selling out to Fox.
Back in 2012, Stacey Dash raised eyebrows among some folks in the black community when all of a sudden she turned against President Barack Obama and came out in support of Mitt Romney. But when she began appearing on Fox “News,” her cousin — the hip-hop artist, producer and entrepreneur Damon Dash — said she crossed a line. He especially objects to her calling efforts to celebrate black people’s achievements — like Black History Month and the BET Awards — as “segregation.” His cousin has also frequently criticized the Black Lives Matter movement.
The Root reports Damon Dash accused her of selling out earlier this year.
“I think Fox pays her to say that shit. I know how Fox is. You know how manipulative they are. I think they wanted her to do something that would invoke conversation and she did it. I’m quite sure it wasn’t done for free”
While the rapper believes Stacey Dash’s conservative views are sincere, he wishes she’d brought up her issues in a forum for the black community instead of on a TV station for mean old racist white people.
“She didn’t have to say it like that, or there. I would have way preferred, if she had that opinion, to say it on BET, or have a conversation with someone black and let someone black have a conversation back with her, as opposed to some white man nodding his head.”
Stacey Dash on Entertainment Tonight: God told me not to have an abortion.
Featured image: Public Domain 1511 Michael Angelo via Wikipedia.