While there's no doubt that the 88th Academy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday was definitely a night full of surprises, there was one appearance that definitely made everyone do a double take: Stacey Dash.
The former Hollywood star was introduced by Chris Rock as the Academy's new "director of the minority outreach" program, leaving everyone in the room scratching their heads. Now, there's a new report that says there's a good reason why the outspoken Republican party member was there, despite all of the awkwardness that happened on stage.
According to Page Six on Monday, Dash says she was "in" on the joke and that she wanted to make a point after she was highly ridiculed for supporting Mitt Romney in the 2012 election. During the Oscars, she came out saying, "I cannot wait to help my people out. Happy Black History Month!" to almost total silence in the room.
She said, "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."
Dash further explained, "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.)"
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