Stacey Dash Makes Awkward Appearance At Oscars, Cracks Black History Month Joke
Stacey Dash hit the Oscars stage as part of a tongue-in-cheek joke orchestrated by Oscars host Chris Rock that left many confused.
Stacey Dash At The Oscars
Dash is best known for playing Dionne in 1995 film Clueless. These days, Dash serves as a talking head on Fox News, where she shares her conservative – and often controversial – viewpoints on all matter of things. More recently, Dash made headlines for calling for an end to Black History Month after slamming the #OscarsSoWhite boycott.
“We have to make up our minds. Either we want to have segregation or integration, and if we don’t want segregation, then we have to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards, where you’re only awarded if you’re black,” Dash said on Fox & Friends. “If it were the other way around, we’d be up in arms. It’s a double standard. There shouldn’t be a black history month. We’re Americans, period.”
Introducing the polarizing Dash onto the stage, Rock dubbed her the “new director” of the Academy’s “minority outreach program.”
At the mic, Dash joked, “I cannot wait to help my people out,” adding, “Happy Black History Month!”
Those who got the reference – including the The Weeknd and Chrissy Teigen – were duly surprised to see Dash, and to hear her quip.
— Donna Dickens (@MildlyAmused) February 29, 2016
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Those who were unfamiliar with Dash and her comments were left a bit confused by the moment. Following her Oscars appearance, Dash took to her blog to introduce herself and to explain what she was doing at the Hollywood event.
“When they added ME to increase the diversity, I’m sure many black people rolled their eyes,” Dash wrote. “I’m not “black enough,” they say. But guess what? I’ve heard that all my life. I would rather be a free thinking, black than a cookie cutter black who thinks – and votes – just like all my friends.”
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