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Stacey Dash on Oscars appearance: 'I'm sure many black people rolled their eyes'

By Wade Sheridan   |   Feb. 29, 2016 at 7:13 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 29 (UPI) -- Stacey Dash has explained why she appeared onstage during a comedy bit with host Chris Rock at the Oscars.

"When they added ME to increase the diversity, I'm sure many black people rolled their eyes. I'm not 'black enough,' they say," the actress wrote in a new blog entry entitled "Who is Stacey Dash and why did she just walk across the #Oscar stage?"

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"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," she continues. "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.)"

Dash, who has recently been critical of the #OscarsSoWhite movement and Black History Month, was introduced onstage during the awards show as the "new director" of the Academy's "minority outreach program."

"I cannot wait to help my people out," she said to a stunned and confused audience. "Happy Black History Month!"

Viewers on Twitter discussed their confusion about the moment and how the joke might not have connected with everybody. "That Stacey Dash moment was the strangest thing of all time," tweeted Comedy Central comedian Kumail Nanjiani, with singer Demi Lovato adding "Aaaannndd that was the only time Stacy Dash will ever be at the Oscars again."

Dash is best known for playing Dionne Davenport in the movie Clueless, its TV series adaptation and as Camille Rose on The Game. She joined Fox News as a contributor in 2014.

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