In a segment of the Fox News program Outnumbered, actress Stacey Dash responded to comments made by Kanye West comparing paparazzi attention to sexual assault. During a speech at a performance in London over the weekend, West reportedly compared frequent media attention to rape.
“I want to bring my family to the movies without 30 motherfuckers following me,” he said according to The Independent. “Everybody here, they like sex right? Sex is great when you and your partner are like, ‘Hey, this is what we both want to do’. But if one of those people don't want to do that, what is that called? That's called rape. That is called violation. So if I walk around and say look sir, I’m not feeling so good today, I need some space, can you please not fuck with me today? I need cut-off space, not violation.”
Appearing on Outnumbered as a recurrent guest this past week, Stacey Dash responded to West’s comments while on the show yesterday (July 8). Speaking about a host of celebrity reactions to paparazzi, Dash began with a general comment about the backlash.
“I don’t know if they mean it or not but for Kanye to say ‘rape,’ maybe he needs to spend some time on Rikers Island,” she said. “Go to Rikers for a little while and then he’ll know what rape is. I don’t get celebrities not understanding that the paparazzi are doing their job.”
Using her own experience in the industry as a reference point, Dash went on to say that the celebrity complaints prove “they’re just not understanding what the business is.”
“I’ve found that if you’re nice, if you’re polite to them, they leave you alone,” she said. “It’s when you start to call them names and act crazy and put your hands up and do all this drama that they make it a big deal.”
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) July 9, 2014
In 2012, Dash publicly endorsed Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign. Last year, she Tweeted sharp criticism for Jay Z and Beyonce's vacation to Cuba. “Do you care that The Jay Z”s have taken the capital you have given them and funded a communist oppressive regime,” she wrote in a since-deleted Tweet.