The 2016 Oscars on Sunday night [February 28, 2016] was filled with many memorable moments. Chris Rock’s opening monologue as well as him selling over $65K worth of Girl Scout cookies to a room full of wealthy audience members so his daughters could come in first place in their fundraiser were hilarious, in addition to performances from the likes of The Weeknd, Lady Gaga, Sam Smith and more.
The most shocking moment of the evening had to be when actress and Fox News correspondent Stacey Dash awkwardly graced the stage during the show. Dash, announced by Rock as the Academy’s new “Director of Diversity Outreach,” received a lukewarm reception when she went on stage and announced, “I cannot wait to help my people out. Happy Black History Month.” Needless to say, it was a bit embarrassing to watch as her joke fell flat to those sitting in the audience.
— Independent Journal (@INJO) February 29, 2016
Dash also took to her own blog to explain her presence at the show, writing, “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.”
Back in January, Dash stirred up plenty of controversy that she has yet to live down when she was a guest on Fox and Friends and commented on Will and Jada Pinkett Smith choosing to boycott The Oscars. In the same conversation, she also mentioned doing away with Black History Month as well as scrapping BET and platforms similar to it.
Do you think we could have done without Dash’s brief cameo?