Many of this year’s BET Awards attendees and viewers praised Jesse Williams for his Humanitarian Award acceptance speech. The actor was honored for his efforts to raise awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement.
However, Stacey Dash calls the actor’s oration “racist” and an “attack on white people.”
The Clueless actress took to her blog on Wednesday to express her criticisms against Williams and BET.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: BET is keeping racism and segregation alive and this past Sunday’s awards show proves it,” Dash, 49, began her post. “Particularly the speech given by Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams, whose tirade after receiving the 2016 BET Humanitarian Award for his black activism was nothing short of an attack on white people.”
Dash backed her opinions by selecting sections of Williams’ speech to support her claims that he “saved his worst criticisms for whites who have committed so-called cultural appropriation of black culture and entertainment.” She also mentioned the backlash Justin Timberlake faced after he tweeted that he was “#inspired” by Williams’ speech at the award show in which he spoke out about racial issues, social justice and cultural appropriation.
Dash, an outspoken Republican, even compared Williams to a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory character saying, he “doesn’t want to wait for freedom. His attitude is that of Veruca Salt: he wants it now.”
The Fox News contributor concluded her blog by calling Williams “the perfect example of a HOLLYWOOD plantation slave” and condemned him for “spewing hate and anger” considering “the fact that you were standing on that stage at THOSE awards tells people you really don’t know what your [sic] talking about.”
“Because you my man are just like everyone else hustling to get money. But your cognitive dissidents has you getting it from THAT BYSTANDER whom YOU DONT NEED. Yes. BLACK ENTERTAINMENT TELEVISION is WHITE OWNED. GET over yourself and get on with it!” Dash wrote.
Adding, “That chip on the shoulders of people like you will weigh you down and keep you from flying free. But true freedom is never free. You have to know how to fly. If anyone is making you feel this way its you. Living in a psychological prison of your own making. If anyone is GHETTO-IZING anyone, it’s people like you letting the BETs and other media outlets portray us in stereotypes.”
Following his speech, Williams, 34, told PEOPLE he hoped to let audiences know they aren’t alone. “Words are only as good as the response to those words. But I’d like to think that I give people a sense that they are not alone,” he shared.