In one of the most uncomfortable moments during last night's Oscars (besides that bit about Asians with the three children) host Chris Rock brought out Stacey Dash. That alone would be confusing enough because why in the world would Dash be at the Oscars, but then to introduce her as the New Academy director of diversity outreach was all the more head-scratching. Why? Dash has recently called out BET for lying to people and segregating blacks as well as calling for an end to Black History Month and the NAACP Image Awards. For every one person that was confused there was another person that was angry and those people tweeted Dash about it. Dash decided to read those tweets.
After the awards last night Dash wrote about her cameo, which she would later call "disappointing" (more on that in a bit), saying she was called upon to "increase diversity" given the #OscarsSoWhite controversy. Dash wrote, "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."
But it was clear Dash's "blackness" was the last thing on peoples minds as she read tweets.
The video begins with Dash saying:
"I just walked off stage from the Oscars and where I got no applause. No boos. Nothing. People were awestruck, which was a little disappointing. But I did it because I wanted to. I stand in my position, and Chris asked me to do it and I love him and I support him. And I also think I should be the head of diversity at the Oscars. I think I’m the perfect person to do that."
"I was hoping there was a trap door on stage," tweeted one user. Another user tweeted she "looked foolish and sounded dumb," to which Dash clarified the bit was written for her.
I don't even have a witty remark about Dash's claim that she'd be the perfect director for diversity outreach, instead here's Anthony Anderson's Dash slam.