Stacey Dash Sounds Off on Race, Supporting Romney and ‘Welfare’

Nov 08, 2012

Clueless star Stacey Dash became the object of racially charged shade when she tweeted her endorsement of a Mitt Romney presidency and posed for a picture with vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan.

"If Romney wins we going back [to] the fields and she’s not light enough to be in the house, soooo…," one user tweeted about the Bajan- and Mexican-American actress who was last seen on VH1’s Single Ladies. Others invoked Dave Chappelle’s NSFW "Racial Draft" skit. "Stacey Dash just got traded to white people for Robin Thicke," wrote one user. Others requested Katy Perry and Eminem.

Now, in the wake of Obama’s reelection, the self-described fiscal conservative and newly minted conservative darling released a detailed explanation of her unpopular decision.

"People get it wrong. My vote for Romney isn’t a vote against Obama," she reasoned in an 1,000-plus piece posted by TMZ. "Like most Americans I was insulted with the idea that Obama was only elected because he was black, that people of color wanted one of their own, regardless of what sort of leader he would make. The same idiots make the argument that white guilt is why so many Americans voted Obama into office in the first place."

Dash, who voted for Obama in 2008, claims her Romney support was about the economy, despite her "progressive" stance on "social issues":

I like the simplicity of the plan to lower taxes. I feel I’ve paid out a substantial amount over the 20 plus years I’ve been working. … I voted for the Romney ticket because I was inspired by their promises of working tirelessly to create a strong economy as their first objective. I have other issues that are close to my heart like equality, and women’s rights, and the benefits of strong public schools. I realize on these issues I’m entirely progressive. There are plenty of moderate Republicans who feel exactly the way I do on these issues. I don’t think we have to trade one for the other. The main objective of our nation must be repairing the economy. All our social concerns must come after this. Without a stable economy our great nation falls.

Without acknowledging blatant Republican congressional obstructionism, Dash also urges the Obama administration to "work a whole lot harder to bridge the divide between political parties." Then, confusingly, she calls for "welfare reform" based on a stereotype of EBT users:

An elderly woman stands in the same grocery line pinching pennies to buy a can of soup while a woman is buying marshmallow fluff with food stamps. As times have changed, welfare policy needs to keep stride, just like every other issue.

The Marshmallow Fluff lobby must be extremely unhappy.