LOS ANGELES — Stacey Dash is known for speaking her mind, and on Sunday, she made an unexpected appearance on the Oscars stage, then explained it in a blog post.
Host Chris Rock introduced the controversial actress within the first hour of the show, held at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California. She was welcomed with a few claps and a lot of confused looks.
Instead of a drawn out speech, she had four words for everyone watching.
“Happy Black History Month,” Dash said smiling and waving to the audience.
If you’re confused by her one-liner — in January, Dash said in an interview with Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” that there shouldn’t be a Black History Month.
“We’re Americans. Period. That’s it,” she said to show’s host Steve Doocy.
When the host asked Dash if the ban was because there was no “White History Month,” she responded, “Exactly, exactly.”
She also said the controversy over the Oscars was “ludicrous.”
“We have to make up our minds. Either we want to have segregation or integration,” she said.
The sea of celebrities didn’t seem to know how to react to the awkward moment Sunday night. Singer Abęl Makkonen Tesfaye of The Weeknd was seen opened mouth, shocked by what just happened.
After her short appearance and prompt exit from the stage, Rock introduced comedian Sarah Silverman, but everyone was still dwelling on why Dash was even at the Oscars.
Dash cleared up the confusion and addressed why she was at the star-studded event in a blog posted shortly after her walk on stage.
“You might be watching the Oscars and wondering why someone named Stacey Dash just walked across the stage. (Why was that funny anyway?)” Dash wrote.
“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,” wrote Dash.
“Why? Well, black people should support black candidates, I was told. But I’m not one to be told what to do. No matter my skin color, I was going to vote for the best candidate. Since I was blamed, mocked, and ridiculed in the press over supporting a Republican, I’ve spoken out about a LOT of stuff that black people try to stuff down my throat.”
The “Clueless” actress continued to speak her mind in the post, explaining who she is and why she spoke out about Black History Month.
“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,” Dash wrote.
The actress has stood by her beliefs even when she was criticized by major actors and networks such as the BET.
Dash also criticized Patricia Arquette’s 2015 Oscars speech on pay inequality among women in America.
“First of all, Patricia Arquette needs to do her history,” Dash said. “In 1963, Kennedy passed an equal pay law. It’s still in effect. I didn’t get the memo that I didn’t have any rights,” Dash said on the morning talk show after Arquette’s Oscars speech.
The award show addressed the #OscarsSoWhite controversy head on. Rock delivered a powerful yet hilarious opening monologue and missed nothing.
“I’m here at the Academy Awards, otherwise known as White People Choice Awards,” Chris Rock said.
The comedian even talked about Will and Jada Pinkett Smith’s Oscar boycott.
“Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited.”
Rock ended his speech with one last powerful message.
“We want opportunity. We want black actors to get the same opportunities,” the comedian continued in his opening monologue.