Stacey Dash Defends Her Oscars Joke: 'We Need to Stop Complaining About White People Oppressing Us'
"Why was that funny anyway?" Dash asks in a new blog post
If Stacey Dash‘s appearance at the Oscars confused you, the Clueless actress already has an explanation posted online.
“You might be watching the Oscars and wondering why someone named Stacey Dash just walked across the stage,” Dash shares in a blog post she tweeted about immediately after she stepped off the Oscars stage Sunday.
The segment started when the Oscars aired a short film showing what this year’s Best Pictures nominees would look like with black actors. Host Chris Rock introduced the 49-year-old actress and Fox News regular as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ new “director of our minority outreach program.” Dash responded, “I cannot wait to help my people out. Happy Black History Month. Thank you.” Afterward, the show cut to an audience shot showing singer The Weeknd with a bewildered look on his face.
“Why was that funny anyway?” Dash writes in her post.
Then she acknowledges the irony of her appearance – earlier this year, she came out against Black History Month, and she’s been vocal about voting for Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama in the 2012 election. There’s also her opinion that the Oscars boycott over the lack of diversity in this year’s nominees is “ludicrous.”
“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,” writes Dash.
She continues: “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.”
For Dash, this wasn’t just any comedy bit; it was a chance for her to be part of the Oscars. “Yes, I’m the actress from the South Bronx who has always dreamed of winning an Oscar,” she explains. “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.”
She adds: “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.”
And as Dash sees it, the appearance is a new “beginning” for her: “So that s who I am,” she pens. “Nice to meet you.”
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“I was making the face from the Stacey Dash moment ahhhhhhh not Sarah!” wrote Teigen.
The 88th annual Oscars are being presented live on ABC from the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, California.