After experiencing a firestorm on Twitter fueled by racially explosive language, “Clueless” star Stacey Dash evoked Martin Luther King Jr. on Tuesday to explain why she’s supporting Mitt Romney for President.
“I chose him not by the color of his skin, but the content of his character,” the black actress told CNN’s Piers Morgan.
Dash also dished that the GOP nominee’s running mate, Paul Ryan, called her personally to praise her, she said.
But Morgan began the interview by reading Dash some of the more provocative tweets pouncing on her initial Twitter post Sunday, when she urged people to “vote for Romney.”
“This is somebody who tweeted, ‘You’re an unemployed black woman endorsing Mitt Romney. You’re voting against yourself thrice, you poor beautiful idiot.’ And somebody else just put, ‘Kill yourself, you old hag,’” Morgan said, labeling the remarks “disgusting.”
“I don’t feel offended. I just feel that, you know, as a country, this is my choice,” Dash responded. “This is the man [Romney] I want to lead my country.”
Other Twitter users who attacked Dash referred to her as an “indoor slave” and joked that she is no longer black.
“RACIAL DRAFT: I LIKE TO REQUEST A TRADE TO SEND STACEY DASH TO THE CAUCASIANS TO ACQUIRE BILL CLINTON TO THE BLACKS,” tweeted someone named Mr.Controversy.
Samuel L. Jackson, an ardent supporter of President Obama, also tweeted his surprise Tuesday that Dash plans to vote for Romney — although the potty-mouthed actor kept it clean.
“Wait, did Stacey Dash Really endorse Romney today?! REALLY????! Is she CRA………..??!” Jackson wrote.
Dash said getting bashed on Twitter “saddened and shocked” her. But plenty of Twitter users also came to her defense — and she mentioned that veep candidate Ryan called her Tuesday.
“He said, ‘Thank you so much for your support,’ and that I was brave, and they support me, and I thought that was so generous and kind,” Dash said.
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