With acting roles now few and far between, it appears that Stacey Dash has managed to reinvent herself once again, this time as a news pundit. According to reports, the Clueless star has just been hired by Fox News Channel as a contributor.
“Dash will serve cultural analysis and commentary across all of Fox daytime and primetime programs,” says Fox News Executive Vice President Bill Shine. Stacey Dash is being hired as “a conversationalist with a distinctive point of view amongst her Hollywood peers that have ignited national debates,” Shine continued in a statement.
The 47-year-old Dash made her claim to fame back in 1995 as “Dionne” in the film and subsequent television version of the teen comedy Clueless. Since those days, Dash has made guest-starring appearances in episodic television, music videos and most recently, had a lead role in the VH-1 series Single Ladies but suddenly and unexpectedly quit the show after its successful first season sending production into a tailspin in having to creatively find a way to recast the role. Those close to production say Dash would appear to have conflict with her co-stars however, cast members would not confirm such reports. Dash’s character on Single Ladies was ultimately written out of the show and a new character was strategically introduced. To add to the star’s list of accomplishments, the three times divorced actress and mother of two has also attempted to launch a clothing line, appeared on the realty show and flew the trapeze on Celebrity Circus, and posed for the pages of Playboy Magazine back in 2006. Time will tell how that will impact her journalistic creditability with the conservative Fox viewers.
Stacey Dash would come out of the political closet back in 2012 as a staunch conservative with her vocal support for Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. As a result, Dash would fall under siege and catch a wave of fury and distain over social media from her predominately African-American fan-base and receive a tepid welcome from the right side of the aisle. Dash was eventually acknowledged by then Republican Vice-President contender Paul Ryan who called the actress thanking her for her support. Since her political coming out, Dash has been using her celebrity platform as a means of voicing her personal opinions on politics and popular culture. Stacey Dash has found opportunities to share her views on shows like The View, CNN’s Piers Morgan Tonight.
Stacey Dash’s recent appearances on Fox programs like Fox and Friends and Outnumbered have been proving to give conservative audiences just what they crave. A beautiful and conservative woman of color who is not afraid to say what she feels while giving the audience just what they want to hear with a Hollywood spin. With effective soundbites on topics from Obamacare, “If Obamacare were a movie, they would not make the sequel,” to big government interference, “I think that you should govern where you’re closest to home.” Stacey Dash may have finally given up the Clueless act and replaced it with a new act and career track that may keep this star shining in a whole new light with a whole new audience.
Opinion by Hal Banfield