Millions of people probably simultaneously said, “I am not drunk enough for this,” when Chris Rock followed up his #OscarsSoWhite opening monologue by bringing out Stacey Dash for everyone to laugh at. Dionne from Clueless turned Fox News sweetheart came out and wished everybody a Happy Black History Month. It was supposed to be funny, but it’s almost impossible to laugh while your jaw is all-the-way shut from cringing. What was even more WTF than Stacey’s awkward bit at the Oscars was her explanation of it.
Stacey must have figured that ZILLIONS of people were going to Google her name after she popped up on the Oscars, because right after her appearance, a blog post from her titled “Who is Stacey Dash and why did she just walk across the #Oscar stage?” went up on Patheos. Stacey starts off by saying she’s an actress who has been made fun of for supporting Republican candidates and speaking against Black History Month. Stacey then went on to explain why she decided to partake in Operation: Peak Awkward at the Oscars.
For example, I spoke out against Black History Month. ( Why should there be such a thing? Haven’t we had more than just one month’s worth of accomplishments? Here my thoughts HERE.) Plus, I spoke out against the #OscarsSoWhite controversy HERE. My take? 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.
Which brings me to the joke. When they added ME to increase the diversity, I’m sure many black people rolled their eyes. 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.
Yes, I’m the actress from the South Bronx who has always dreamed of winning an Oscar. But God has a great sense of humor and this is my first encounter with one of my dreams of destiny. Bringing diversity to Hollywood… not merely because of color, but politics as well. (After all, different colors of skin is an easy kind of diversity. Ideological diversity is much harder, because it forces everyone to come face to face with actual beliefs. Hollywood needs BOTH.)
(UPDATE: Stacey also posted a video where she read “mean tweets” about her Oscar appearance. Stacey obviously loved her Oscar appearance and at least someone did.)
Okay, I thought that Stacey Dash was in on the joke, but after reading that, it doesn’t seem like she was. Oh, Stacey. Will Cher Horowitz please come and collect her girl and bird feed a clue to her?
Stacey should’ve just kept her explanation simple and 100% honest by writing: “I did the Oscars because I LOVE ATTENTION. LOOK AT ME!”
Yup, that’s definitely what most of us looked like as our brains tried to process that fuckery.
Here’s Chrissy and John Legend at the Oscars and Vanity Fair’s after-party.