Update: Dionne has apologized. After implying on Friday that rape victims are themselves to blame, Stacey Dash tried to clarify her words on Outnumbered yesterday, explaining that she was just trying to inject some humor into the discussion. In a Facebook post, she wrote:
After a failed attempt at humor about “good girls” and “naughty girls,” during my recent appearance on Outnumbered, I transitioned to the very serious issue of men blaming alcohol for their vile behavior. LET ME BE CLEAR: I am a victim of physical and sexual abuse. My point was that there IS NO EXCUSE for a man taking advantage of women under any circumstances. I believe that these universities focusing on alcohol consumption as a means to stop evil behavior takes the focus off the real issue of the objectification of women and how that can be prevented. I apologize to anyone who believed I was blaming the victims of these horrible acts.
The apology's nice and all, but next time Dash should probably not try to make jokes when talking about victims of rape.
ORIGINAL STORY: Clueless is actually the perfect word the describe Stacey Dash and her views on survivors of rape.
Appearing on the always-enlightening Fox News program Outnumbered, Dash wanted to make perfectly clear that if you’re a woman who is raped, it’s 100 percent your fault. Speaking out in response to the several national sorority chapters who asked their members today to avoid parties at the University of Virginia’s fraternity houses, Dash said the following:
“The other bad girls–bad women–are the ones who like to be naughty, might go out and play and get hurt and then, you know...But the other thing about this is that it then blames the alcohol instead of the person who over-drinks. So it's like, the same thing with guns. Guns don't kill people; people kill people. Alcohol doesn't get you drunk; you get yourself drunk.”
Yikes. Not exactly ironclad logic. Was she going to finish her ridiculous, nonsensical comparison with “Rapists don’t rape you, you get yourself raped”? Like, isn’t that where she’s going with this?
While this sort of reactive, ratings/chatter-driving #HotNewsTake is exactly what Fox is after by putting Dash on the air, even for them this might be too far. Stacey of all people knows how you should feel after hearing her ridiculous comments: