In a night of awkward moments, maybe the most cringe-inducing was when Oscars host Chris Rock brought Stacey Dash onstage. “It’s hard to get a job,” he said, “and that’s the truth out there for black actors. But let me tell you some good news: The Academy has taken steps to fix this problem, and that is why it is my honor to introduce the director of our minority outreach program. Please welcome Miss Stacey Dash!”
You know, Dash — Clueless actress-turned-Fox News Channel commentator who recently weighed in on this year’s Oscar controversy. She called for an end to Black History Month, because there isn’t a White History Month, and the shuttering of BET network.
Oscar Winners 2016: The Complete List
“I cannot wait to help my people out. Happy Black History Month!” Dash told Oscar-goers, then giggled nervously as the audience reacted with silence. “Thank you,” she added before walking offstage.
It was unclear if attendees had any idea who she was, much less the gag.
Anticipating some discussion, Dash took to blogging to explain: “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.”
She added: “We need to stop complaining about white people oppressing us, we shouldn’t boycott the Oscars, and we need to support Chris Rock the host.”
Twitter reacted, including John Legend, who felt the need to explain why his wife appeared to be cringing at Sarah Silverman, who’d followed Dash onstage:
Plus this, and loads more:
Subscribe to Deadline Breaking News Alerts and keep your inbox happy.