If you grew up in the 90s, you definitely had a poster of her on your wall. If only you could go back in time and tear it down.
Warning: This article could be triggering for those who have been the victim of sexual assault.
Stacey Dash, the actress who played Cher’s best friend Dionne in the 1995 cult classic film Clueless, has today been criticised for implying that college rape victims are just ‘naughty’ and ‘bad girls’.
From left: Stacy Dash, Alicia Silverstone and Brittany Murphy
Since her Clueless days, Dash, now 48, has gone on to become a conservative commentator on the US Fox News Channel. Outnumbered, the show on which she’s a panellist, yesterday had a segment covering sexual assaults on college campuses.
Since more and more victims have come forward in recent years, the issue of a pervasive US ‘college rape culture’ has become much more widely covered by mainstream media, and it was revealed yesterday that some female sororities are even banning women from going to college parties to ensure they aren’t assaulted.
When discussing this on the show, and whether it’s fair to expect young women to stay locked indoors rather than to expect men not to rape, Dash indicated that it’s only the ‘bad girls’ who end up in these situations anyway:
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.
Yes, you do get yourself drunk, but YOU DON’T RAPE YOURSELF. A rapist rapes. And expecting women to spend their entire college education indoors to avoid being assaulted is ridiculous. A women who (gasp!) goes to a party, and (horror!) gets drunk, is not ‘naughty’. She’s not ‘bad’. She’s living her life, and she’s not doing anything wrong.
Cher would be disappointed, Dionne. So, so disappointed.