Chris Rock left Oscars viewers a little confused when he brought out Stacey Dash for a surprise appearance.
Stacey was introduced by Chris as the ‘director of our new minority outreach program’ before she wished everyone a ‘Happy Black History Month’ and quickly exited the stage. The joke played off of the fact that Stacey Dash once said that Black History Month shouldn’t exist — but the whole thing fell flat.
Chrissy Teigen had the BEST reaction to the foolery.
I was making the face from the Stacey Dash moment ahhhhhhh not Sarah!
— christine teigen (@chrissyteigen) February 29, 2016
Shortly after Stacey left the stage, a blog post appeared on Patheos.com in which she explained why she participated in the joke.
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.)
Watch the awkward moment below.
— Matt Wilstein (@mattwilstein) February 29, 2016