Actress Stacey Dash has attracted praise and scorn alike in recent years because of her outspokenness on partisan matters.
In a recent statement, however, the Clueless star said she is no longer interested in being seen as an “angry, conservative Black woman.”
“It was who I was”
The former Fox News Channel contributor revealed to the U.K.’s Daily Mail that she regrets her time as a controversial political commentator and no longer supports former President Donald Trump.
In her public statement, Dash opened up about what she described as a personal transformation.
She acknowledged that her time in the political realm damaged her reputation and prospects for career advancement, leaving the public with an image of an “angry” person she said does not reflect who she really is.
“I’ve lived my life being angry, which is what I was on Fox News,” she said, according to The Washington Times. “I was the angry, conservative, Black woman. And at that time in my life, it was who I was.”
Though her stint at Fox News ended just a few years ago, Dash said she would “never” consider working for the conservative-leaning network now.
“Very arrogant and prideful and angry”
Pointing to the “appalling and stupid” riot on Capitol Hill earlier this year as a turning point, she vowed to give President Joe Biden “a chance” going forward. Furthermore, she said that her support of Trump put her “in some kind of box” with which she does not identify, declaring that “he’s not the president” anymore.
Part of her problem, she said, stemmed from “prideful” comments she made, including a defense of Trump’s controversial remarks about Mexicans and in the wake of the Charlottesville rally, as well as her calls for Black History Month to be abolished.
“There are things that I am sorry for,” Dash said, according to the Times. “Things that I did say, that I should not have said them the way I said them. They were very arrogant and prideful and angry. And that’s who Stacey was, but that’s not who Stacey is now. Stacey’s someone who has compassion, empathy.”
Nevertheless, she still addressed the difficulty of being “blacklisted” in Hollywood due to her conservative views, as well as her continued opposition to abortion and traditional feminism.
“Right now I feel like women need to support men, lift them up, love them and respect them,” Dash declared. “On the other hand, it’s a two-way street. If men want us to do that, they have to respect us, cherish us, adore us, love us. We can’t do one without the other. We need each other.”