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Walters Says Backlash Against Dash Has To Do With Race

Television personality Barbara Walters asserted Wednesday that former “Clueless” star Stacey Dash wouldn’t have borne the brunt of so much venom had she been a white supporter of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Dash, 46, came under withering fire after tweeting earlier this week that she intended to vote for the former Massachusetts governor instead of President Barack Obama.

Walters came to her defense when the ladies of “The View” addressed the controversy during Wednesday’s show, saying the remark elicited such a negative reaction only because the actress is herself black.

“Is this because it’s expected that all black people will be Democrats?” Walters asked.

Whoopi Goldberg staunchly disagreed, attributing the criticism to a highly polarized electorate rather than race.

“In America, where we all live,” Goldberg said, “we have the right to say, ‘Listen, I have a different opinion’ – without having some bonehead sitting in their house talking about, ‘You should be thinking like I think.’ No! That’s not America. … “This kind of reaction is coming from people sitting around who’ve forgotten who we are as a nation,” she added, defending Dash as a nice girl who did nothing wrong.

Walters interjected, asserting, “The reason she’s being attacked is because she is black, and the feeling is, black people should not be voting for Romney.”

“My quiet point is,” Walters responded, “if she were white, this wouldn’t have happened. The feeling was that because she was black, she automatically should have voted for the black man,” she added.

Dash appeared on “Piers Morgan Tonight” on Tuesday evening, telling the CNN host that she had endorsed Romney on Twitter because she wants the next four years to be different.

She came under attack on Twitter shortly after publicly supporting Romney on Oct. 7. Most of the negative responses against her had to do with her race and gender.

“The fury, I really don’t understand the fury,” she told Morgan Tuesday night. “I don’t understand it. I don’t get it…I was shocked, saddened. Not angry. Saddened and really shocked. But you can’t expect everyone to agree with you.”

Dash voted for Obama in 2008, but told Morgan she believed in Romney.

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6 thoughts on “Walters Says Backlash Against Dash Has To Do With Race

  1. Kevin Barksdale says:

    Oh please, the Dixie Chicks suffered the same backlash when they spoke out against George Bush. Certain demographics expects similar political opinions from celebrities which they support. I hope Stacy Dash enjoys the support she will receive from the Mitt Romney's crowd in her next movie or television show.

  2. Shirley Jensen says:

    Vicious tweet Whoopie? You women on the view, are vicious are some of the most vicious women on tv!

  3. Patrick Tyrone Hightower says:

    why black people care I don't know! Many problably are unaware of the fact that she does NOT even date black men! so why is this relevant in black media?

  4. Dee Miller says:

    stacy dash is irrelevant unimportant this is the most headlines she received in years. She has the right to vote for anyone she chooses. Lets not give her all this free media.

  5. Jason Rate says:

    She's Barbadian, the Bajan group, same as Rihanna. Bajans are are ethnically mixed with West African and native American with a hint of European. But she's classified as black because most of her ancestry is black.

  6. She brought this on her self by being stupid and having a over inflated opinion of her self.

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