Stacey Dash apologized for her past controversial moments and dissociated herself with Former President Donald Trump in a new Daily Mail interview. In the Wednesday (March 10) feature, the 54-year-old actress said she “lived [her] life being angry” and apologized for being “arrogant and prideful.”
“I was the angry, conservative, Black woman… I realized in 2016 that anger is unsustainable and it will destroy you,” she said. “I made a lot of mistakes because of that anger.”
Dash claimed she’s since stepped away from politics, stopped supporting Trump after the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection and now lives her life with “compassion” and “empathy.” However, the public apology has drawn mostly critical responses from those who haven’t forgotten the former Fox News reporter’s past comments.
In 2015, a year into her career with Fox, Dash said then-President Barack Obama didn’t “give a shit” about terrorism. In 2017, she also sided with Trump after he said there were “very fine people on both sides” of the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
The Clueless star also drew ire for calling for an end to Black History Month, the NAACP Image Awards and BET. In response to her apology, one Twitter user brought up a 2016 Huffington Post interview with Janet Hubert, where she spoke about the controversy.
“Somebody needs to slap the little bit of Black she got on her off of her, okay?” Hubert said at the time. “Because girlfriend has worked on BET more than most actresses have. I think she’s just saying this kind of bull because she wants sensationalism.”
“She’s working for Fox and she needs a job… She’s making a check and she’s bringing controversy to herself,” she added. “Stacey is a bit of a media ho.”
Other Twitter users pointed to Dash’s past transphobic remarks, the time Vivica A. Fox dragged her for her Mitt Romney endorsement and more.
“Not Stacey Dash trying to cupid hustle her way back into our good graces,” one person wrote. “The door is closed, my love.”
See Twitter reactions to Dash’s apology below.