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Stacey Dash thinks the pay gap is an "excuse"

But Clueless director Amy Heckerling doesn't hold her politics against her.

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Fox News contributor Stacey Dash AKA Dionne from Clueless has some pretty, err, interesting views on the wage gap.

Appearing as a guest on Meredith Vieira’s show yesterday, Dash responded to a #MakeItFair video that pushes for pay equality.

Dash said, "I feel like it's an excuse... Stop making excuses. If there are opportunities, seize them and be prepared for them and be the best, if that's what it takes. If you have to be extraordinary, be extraordinary."

As you may remember, Dash previously spoke out against Patricia Arquette’s amazing Oscar speech.

At last night's screening of the Kristen Wiig movie Welcome to Me, Clueless writer-director Amy Heckerling told Cosmopolitan.com she doesn't hold Dash's politics against her.

"I don't always agree with her," she admitted. "But she's a friend, and I love her, and, you know, I'm glad that she's getting exposure and having a good career. But I'm in a different place from her, certainly."

Meredith Vieira, who was also at the event, said "I can understand her point of view, but in terms of the numbers, they speak for themselves."

In her interview with Dash, Vieira pointed out that women make 78 cents for every dollar a man makes and at the rate the U.S. is going, Vieira’s 22-year-old daughter will be 65 before there’s pay equality.

Dash replied, "But I feel like your daughter will be able to make as much money as she wants in her life, just like you are." Vieria then noted that she wasn't always making as much as her male counterparts, but Dash didn't come around. "I won't put my fate into anything other than my own actions ... I will not be a victim."

"I'd have to go back and look at everything she said," Vieira continued last night, "but to some extent, I get what she means. But the bottom line is the bottom line, and for me, it keeps coming down to numbers."

Speaking of numbers, Aussie men, are currently taking home, on average, $1587.50 a week. And Aussie women? $1289.40. That's almost $300 a week - A WEEK - that Aussie men are pocketing, that we're not. It's also the biggest pay gap since the Australian Bureau of Statistics began recording the data in 1994.

Our response to those numbers?

Dash has since tweeted a whole bunch of stuff which basically says she’s sticking to her guns, despite what the "numbers" say.

Hmm.