One-time actress and current Fox News regular Stacey Dash got a brief moment in the spotlight during the Academy Awards – and easily delivered the most cringeworthy joke of the night.
For reasons that remain elusive, host Chris Rock joked that Dash would be the show’s “Director of minority outreach,” which prompted Dash to come out on stage and awkwardly say “I cannot wait to help my people out. Happy black history month.” It was supposed to be a funny bit, but nobody was amused. The room fell absolutely silent.
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The “punchline” was that Dash, herself an African-American, has spent years shamelessly attacking the black community from Fox’s studios. Recently, she announced that she wanted Black History Month removed because, by her thinking, it was reverse-racism. During the controversy surrounding the Oscars and its lack of diversity, Dash was unsympathetic. On Fox and Friends she suggested that because of BET, the Oscars were allowed to be for white people:
Either we want to have segregation or integration. 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 you’re black. If it were the other way around, we would be up in arms. It’s a double standard.
On her Patheos blog, Dash explained why she participated in the Oscars in a joke that was clearly at her expense.
Which brings me to the joke. 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.
Yes, I’m the actress from the South Bronx who has always dreamed of winning an Oscar. But God has a great sense of humor and this is my first encounter with one of my dreams of destiny. Bringing diversity to Hollywood… not merely because of color, but politics as well. (After all, different colors of skin is an easy kind of diversity. Ideological diversity is much harder, because it forces everyone to come face to face with actual beliefs. Hollywood needs BOTH.)
In other words… she didn’t get it.
By introducing her as the “Director of minority outreach” Chris Rock is making fun of the Academy, which doesn’t have a real interest in promoting diversity, and Dash, who would be the last person on earth you would want to help reach minorities.
It fell flat, because Dash has terrible comedic timing and she was clearly the butt of the joke. If the Oscars were hoping people would at least laugh at her, if not with her, they didn’t get either result. Just silence. It was just a painful, awkward segment to remind us of how terrible Stacey Dash and her employers at Fox News are.
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