Stacey Dash made a surprise — and confusing — cameo at the Academy Awards when host Chris Rock introduced her as “the director of diversity outreach.”
“I cannot wait to help my people out,” the actress, best known for her role as Dionne in the film and television versions of “Clueless,” told the audience. “Happy Black History Month.”
— TheWrap (@TheWrap) February 29, 2016
It was clear from both audience and Twitter reaction that not everyone recognized Dash, but the reaction was pretty unanimous: The joke fell very flat. This was model and cookbook author Chrissy Teigen’s priceless reaction:
— Joel Pavelski (@joelcifer) February 29, 2016
Apparently, it’s not lost on the actress that some people may have had no idea who she is or why she was there. She helpfully penned a blog post to explain and tweeted it from her verified Twitter account.
I’m Stacey – with an “e” – and it’s nice to meet you. I was born in the South Bronx, became an actress in Hollywood where I starred in the 1995 movie Clueless.
Since then, you won’t believe what happened. (Actually you can read the full story in my upcoming book
There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative.) Even though I voted for Obama during 2008 – even had a bumper sticker! – I didn’t make the same mistake twice. In 2012, I voted for Mitt Romney – and everyone freaked the hell out about it.
However ineffective, the joke’s intent was clear if you have been following Dash’s turn as a contributor for Fox News, where she has shared controversial views on everything from BET to Black History Month.
In December, Dash was suspended from Fox News after she used profanity while criticizing President Obama’s counter-terrorism policies. In a January “Fox & Friends” segment about the proposed Oscars boycott, Dash advocated eliminating BET and Black History Month.
“We have to make up our minds: either we want to have segregation or integration. And 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,” Dash said. “Just like there shouldn’t be a Black History Month — we’re Americans, that’s it.”
Twitter was quick to pounce on Dash’s comments. BET even weighed in with a photo gallery titled “Every Time Stacey Dash Proved She Was Clueless” and played a marathon of music videos featuring the actress with the hash tag #NeverForget. (Dash famously appeared in the music video for Kanye West’s “All Falls Down.”)