“Clueless” star Stacey Dash did some explaining after she criticised African Americans celebrities who wanted to boycott Oscars 2016 for its lack of diversity.
Dash walked out on stage during the 88th Academy Awards ceremony and attempted to make a joke about Black History Month. Host Chris Rock brought out Dash for a surprise cameo.
“The Academy has taken steps to fix this problem,” Rock said about the “Oscars So White” controversy. “And that is why it’s my honor to introduce the new director of our minority outreach program. Please welcome Ms. Stacey Dash,” the host added.
Dash then walked out on stage and said: “I cannot wait, to help my people out. Happy Black History Month, thank you.” Unfortunately, not one person laughed at her joke.
The joke even made some celebrities uncomfortable, so Dash tweeted immediately following the incident. She wrote: “Who is Stacey Dash” and why did I just walk across the #Oscar stage?”
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) February 29, 2016
On her blog, Dash explained why she walked out on stage during the Oscars. She suggested that blacks need to stop complaining about white people and shouldn’t be boycotting the Oscars, but support Rock instead, Hollywood Life wrote.
“I’ve spoken out about a LOT of, 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? Plus, I spoke out against the #OscarsSoWhite controversy,” the actress said.
Last month in an appearance on Fox & Friends, Dash commented that she did not understand why people are outraged that no one of color was nominated for main categories in the Oscars, The Week noted. She further suggested getting rid of channels such as BET and the BET Awards and the Image Awards to remove any double standards. “There shouldn’t be a black history month. We’re Americans, period,” said Dash.