Since joining the Fox News Channel earlier this year as a contributor, former actress Stacey Dash has managed to avoid the infamy associated with much of the channel’s on-air talent. Dash made headlines over the summer for criticizing one of Kanye West’s weirder on-stage rants, but has managed to stay under the radar since then.
Now it appears that Dash has stumbled into her very first Fox News flub.
Dash appeared on the Fox News program Outnumbered on Monday, joining a panel discussion about the U.S. government’s response to the Ebola outbreak. The former actress ended up suggesting that quarantine centers be set up across the U.S. specifically for those suspected of having Ebola.
“I think they should set up special centers for just Ebola in each state,” said Dash. “They shouldn’t be letting people go into regular hospitals where it could be spread.
“I just think that for this specific disease we should have a special facility with specially trained people who know exactly how to deal with this in each city. That way it’s not spread and when the person walks in they know what they’re looking for, they know if they find it, they know how to contain it, and they know how not to infect themselves.”
At face value Dash’s actual comments aren’t too extreme, especially considering some of the other opinions voiced on the same program. The internet, however, has decided that Dash may be a bit paranoid, considering only three Americans have been diagnosed with Ebola. Twitter users have voiced disapproval in their usual hyperbolic manner, though the former actress also has supporters:
Stacey Dash is on Fox News recommending Ebola detention camps. Unpack that whole sentence. Let it roll around in your brain. Savor it.
— Dread Consort Peretz (@RexPeretz) October 13, 2014
Completely agree with you @REALStaceyDash – We need hospitals in states specifically for Ebola patients
— michele ❤️ (@micheleroberts0) October 13, 2014
Dr. Stacey Dash has ebola recommendations on Fox.
— Evan McMurry (@evanmcmurry) October 14, 2014
American Stupidity… Ebola in family oriented hospitals is like storing biological weapons at the mall #Outnumbered @REALStaceyDash
— David Zamora (@za53051202) October 14, 2014
@REALStaceyDash Stacey is asking the right questions. Stacey starred in Clueless, the CDC is clueless on Ebola. #Outnumbered
— Jeff (@jstanton6) October 15, 2014
Of course, Dash hasn’t made it easy for herself on Twitter. The Fox News contributor last week tweeted out the provocative suggestion that the U.S. could house Ebola patients in the infamous Guantanamo Bay prison camp:
Why don't we ship all inbound #Ebola patients to #Gitmo to quarantine? #TwoBirds
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) October 11, 2014