Actress Stacey Dash will be joining FOX News Channel as a contributor, according to a press release issued by the network on Wednesday.
“Stacey is an engaging conversationalist whose distinctive viewpoints amongst her Hollywood peers have spawned national debates,” said Executive Vice President of Programming Bill Shine. “We’re pleased to have her join FOX News.”
A native of the Bronx, New York, 47-year-old Dash began her acting career over 20 years ago with guest appearances on The Cosby Show, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and St. Elsewhere.
Dash made her feature film debut in 1987’s Enemy Territory. She followed that up with Moving opposite Richard Pryor in 1988, Mo’ Money with Damon Wayans in 1992, and Renaissance Man with Mark Wahlberg in 1994.
Her breakout role came in 1995 when she appeared in Clueless alongside Alicia Silverstone, Brittany Murphy, and Paul Rudd.
More recently, Dash starred in Lap Dance, with an ensemble cast that included Carmen Electra, Mariel Hemingway, and Nia Peeples.
In October 2012 Dash drew criticism for tweeting her endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
The backlash took the form of what some considered racially-based hate tweets along the lines of “You’re an unemployed black woman endorsing @MittRomney. You’re voting against yourself thrice. You poor beautiful idiot.”
Dash stood her ground, replying “My humble opinion… EVERYONE is entitled to one.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) May 28, 2014
“I tweeted my opinion and when I woke up the next morning, my life had changed,” Dash said recently, looking back on the incident. “And since then, anything I say has been newsworthy.”
Dash, who portrays herself as a paradoxical mix of down-to-earth conservative and modern-day feminist but also admits to harboring dreams of one day running for political office, still seems a little dazzled by the turn her career has taken.
“Twenty years after Clueless I’m starting all over. All because of a tweet!”
Dash is cashing in on the opportunity that single tweet presented, and continues to express her opinions prolifically on Twitter:
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) May 21, 2014
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) May 13, 2014
Dash frequently retweets her critics:
— Dana Michelle A (@sagesurge) May 16, 2014
— Jose Gomez (@JoseGomezEsq) May 20, 2014
— Da'Mario Angel-Vel (@AskVelB) May 28, 2014
“Everyone else can just attack ’em … That way I don’t have to say anything.”
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