Actor turned political pundit Stacey Dash has apologized for her angry political persona and her controversial comments, saying in a new interview that God “has forgiven” her for her past statements.
The 52-year-old “Clueless” star, who was hired by Fox News in 2014 and went on to voice her support for former President Donald Trump, told Daily Mail she had lived her life “being angry,” which bled into her political views.
“I was the angry, conservative, black woman,” she told the outlet. “And, at that time in my life, it was who I was. I realized in 2016 that anger is unsustainable, and it will destroy you. I made a lot of mistakes because of that anger.”
Dash went on to explain there are some things she is “sorry for,” referring to comments she believes now she should not have made.
“They were very arrogant and prideful and angry,” the celebrity explained. “And that’s who Stacey was, but that’s not who Stacey is now. Stacey’s someone who has compassion, empathy. God has forgiven me. How dare I not forgive someone else. I don’t want to be judged, so how dare I judge anyone else. So if anyone has ever felt that way about me — like I’ve judged — that I apologize for, because that’s not who I am.”
The Jan. 6 riot inside the U.S. Capitol marked a turning point for Dash, who ran a very short-lived campaign for Congress in 2018.
She claimed supporting Trump put her “in some kind of box that I don’t belong in,” describing the riot as “appalling and stupid.”
“When that happened, I was like, ‘OK, I’m done. I’m truly done,’” Dash said. “Because senseless violence of any kind I denounce. What happened on Jan. 6 was just appalling and stupid.”
It’s worth noting Fox News ultimately fired Dash in 2016, shortly after the actor claimed then-President Barack Obama “didn’t give a [expletive] about terrorism.”
Dash told Daily Mail she is “not a victim,” adding, “Working for Fox at the time, that was my job. I did my job from the place I was at.” The celebrity now said she would “never” work for Fox News or any other news outlet again.
While she said she has no intention of returning to political life, Dash isn’t shying away from hot-button issues entirely. She plays a doctor in the new pro-life movie “Roe v. Wade,” which chronicles the true story of the landmark 1973 U.S. Supreme Court case.
“I said apolitical, but I have my values and my morals,” she said. “My position on abortion is because of my own personal experience. I was on the abortion table with my son. They were about to wheel me into the operating room because I was four months pregnant. I said, ‘God, please, you have to tell me what to do. And I don’t want a sign. I don’t want a whisper. You have to tell me.’”
“God spoke to me like thunder, and he said, ‘Keep your son,’” she continued. “He even told me it was a boy. I ripped the IV out of my arm, jumped off the table — very dramatic. But my son’s 30 years old today. I’m just so grateful that I took that time and I listened to God. That’s why I’m pro-life, from my own personal experience.”
Dash explained that she would like to return to acting but is having trouble finding roles as a conservative in Hollywood, claiming she has been “basically blacklisted” for being a “black conservative.”
Part of the problem, the celebrity said, is our cultural obsession with identity politics.
“I don’t believe in identity politics,” Dash said. “I don’t walk around looking at someone and saying, ‘Oh, this is the color of your skin, so, therefore, you are this,’ or, ‘You’re straight or gay, so, therefore, you are this.’ I don’t judge people by the color of their skin or their sexual orientation. That’s not who I am.”
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