Oscars: Stacey Dash’s Awkward Appearance Inspires Confusion

Stacey Dash Oscars 2016
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Stacey Dash’s appearance at the 2016 Academy Awards was perhaps the most awkward moment of the night.

The actress walked out on the Oscar stage following what was supposed to be a comedic introduction of the director of minority outreach for the Academy.

“I cannot wait to help my people out,” said Dash. “Happy Black History Month.”

Dash said her appearance was organized in order to increase diversity at the Oscars but it was not received that way.

Viewers quickly took to Twitter to discuss the moment.

Dash addressed the controversy in a blog post titled “Who is Stacey Dash and why did she just walk across the #Oscar stage?” “Haven’t we had more than just one month’s worth of accomplishments?” the actress wrote. “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.

The actress said she would rather be a free thinker than a cookie-cutter black person who thinks like her friends. She also said diversity should go beyond diversity in skin color. “Different colors in skin is an easy kind of diversity,” Dash said. “Ideological diversity is much harder, because it forces everyone to come face to face with their beliefs.

Dash said Hollywood needs both.

Earlier this year, the actress made headlines after expressing her disapproval of Black History Month and award shows dedicated to recognizing people of color on a segment of “Fox and Friends.

“Either we want to have segregation or integration,” Dash said. “And if we don’t want segregation, then we need to get rid of channels like BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards, where you’re only awarded if your black.”

The BET network, “The View” and celebrities responded with intense criticism.

“We are all Americans. But we are not all treated like Americans,” said Whoopi Goldberg, host of “The View.” “And one of the reasons there is a BET is because networks wouldn’t take a lot of the shows that have an all-black cast.”

A video of  Gabrielle Union went viral after the actress dismissed Dash in an interview at the Sundance Film Festival.

 

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  1. Elan Perry says:

    I wont think god for Ms. Dash. She presents herself as some crusader for the black community by voting for the same people who don’t care about their plight (thats neither here nor there she can vote how she wants). But lets not make this about anything more then her trying to get some form of recognition to stay relevant way after her career died. The hypocrisy is real. She was on “The Game” as a recurring character and was oh so happy to take BET’s money, if only to later say they shouldn’t exist. There should be no black history month, but find a school in america that teaches about black peoples contributions to history despite being slaves any any point in the history lesson, you wont find it. She speaks as if she lives under a umbrella that cancels reality out of her awareness. We shouldnt have black history month cause we are all americans. True we are all americans but unfortunately we dont all get treated as such. We shouldnt have a channel for black people. But black people arent equally represented either on tv, movies, oscars so how do they get recognition or acting jobs. BillUSA you speak of inclusion, integration, acceptance and tolerance. But black people or anyone of color really are not in those positions of power to make that happen. We live in a country of opportunity but one with a system set up to keep those of color or of poor means down. Ms. Dash is an intelligent commentator on the racial-issue she is hypocrite who sides with the type of people who dont wanna take any responsibility for their role in this situation but expect people of color to just grin and bear it until things magically improve. The old way was “if they want allow us in their club we will create our own”. Well congratulations you post that in your opinion any racially-exclusive entity is a racist organization. So what do you think about any organization that doesnt claim to be racist (oscars, virtually every channel on tv, all history classes for K-12) but they are fine at excluding and ignoring in favor of the dominant group. You want inclusion, tolerance and acceptance you should probably stop trying to lay that at the feet of people with color to change a circumstance they have long fought against but have no power over.

  2. BET shows the programs whites will not pay to see. There have been mostly black shows that were popular but grew dull and uninspiring.

  3. BillUSA says:

    Stacey Dash makes too much sense for those who call themselves progressives. She forces people to think and to look at themselves in the mirror – things they aren’t comfortable doing. Thank God for Stacey Dash.

    • mealine says:

      Most of the people who “support” Stacy Trash wouldn’t even know who she was if she weren’t cooning on Faux Gnus. She is more well-known in the Black community because most of her work has been in the same Black movies and videos she currently slams. It’s not lost on anyone with sense that Trash is constantly praised by racists because she’s willing to be their Steppin Fetchit.

      • BillUSA says:

        It’s always been my opinion that when anyone resorts to name-calling, they either have nothing to say or are unable to articulate what they feel. I knew of Stacey Dash before she made her debut in “Clueless” way back when. She meant very little to me until she opened up about her observations of the discourse in American racial relations.

        Any racially-exclusive entity is a racist organization. Any sexually-exclusive entity is a sexist organization. Her point should be obvious to anyone claiming to be intelligent. That is to say (in my opinion) there is no sense in expecting racial relations to improve as long as racist organizations exist.

        Racism is alive and well because racists are allowed to extend its life. If people truly wanted to achieve racial equality, then there’d be integration, acceptance and tolerance of astronomical proportions. That someone like you responds the way in which you did is indicative of someone happy to be living in hate. Congratulations.

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