What Stacey Dash Clearly Does Not Understand About The Wage Gap

by Bee Gray


Stacey Dash commented on Rita Wilson’s new video about the gender wage gap, and her response is so much more awkward that you could imagine. Sitting across from Meredith Vieira, Dash is quite perceptibly uncomfortable. In between sweeping her hair out of her face and appearing not to breathe, she explains to viewers why she’s not a fan of the MakeItFair video. Now this isn’t because of celebrity drama or something that would make more sense. The reason why she’s not a fan is… well, she doesn’t think the gender wage gap is real problem.

Stacey wants us to stop making excuses. She wants us to “ seize opportunities and be ready for them.” Instead of trying to fix the broken system, she offers, “If you have to be extraordinary, then be extraordinary.” The thing is, no one asked for a pep talk, people are not paying us less because we don’t try hard enough. The thing standing between women and equal pay isn’t personal will or ambition. Women earn less because we live in a f***ed up and sexist system that pays women less just because they’re women!

We forgive Stacey’s whole pull yourself up your bootstraps mentality because maybe she’s just Clueless about the facts? However, when Meredith hits her with some good ole’ statistics—that women make 78 cents to every 1 dollar a man makes—Stacey replies, “well… I… I  don’t know if that’s true…” Maybe Stacey hasn’t experienced the gender wage gap, which is good for her. But she’s not putting herself in the shoes of working class or lower income women either. Stacey will forever have a place in our hearts as Dionne from Clueless—but sadly, she will not have our backs when it comes to fighting the good fight.

Image Via Rebloggy/Clueless

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