Audiences watching the 88th Annual Academy Awards on Sunday (Feb. 28) night were still laughing from host Chris Rock’s opening monologue when things took an unexpected turn.
Building off the Oscars need for more diversity, Rock introduced the “New Director for Minority Outreach,” followed by Stacey Dash taking the stage to wish everyone a “Happy Black History Month!”
Yes, the same Dash who recently called for getting rid of networks like BET, as well as the BET and NAACP Image Awards, where “you’re only awarded if you’re black.” The former “Clueless” actress, current FOX News commentator has also called for the elimination of Black History Month, explaining, “Either we want to have segregation or integration.”
Even Dash appeared to not be in on the joke, tweeting afterwards: “Who is Stacey Dash” and why did I just walk across the #Oscar stage?” while linking to a confusing blog post, where she tries to explain: “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.”
— Stacey DASH (@staceydash) February 29, 2016
Twitter was not impressed.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) February 29, 2016
She was cringing from the Stacy Dash moment, not sarah! https://t.co/tAsXY8qAjV
— John Legend (@johnlegend) February 29, 2016
— The Cut (@TheCut) February 29, 2016
— Alec Mapa (@AlecMapa) February 29, 2016
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) February 29, 2016