Stacey Dash has repeatedly made headlines lately for her comments on Black History Month and her thoughts on topics relating to the African-American community, so when the 49-year-old actress walked out on stage during the Oscars after host Chris Rock introduced her as the "new director of our minority outreach program," many people were confused. Following her appearance, Dash penned a blog post to explain why she decided to make a cameo at the 2016 Academy Awards.
“You might be watching the Oscars and wondering why someone named Stacey Dash just walked across the stage,” the Fox News contributor wrote.
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Dash went on to say that she's been slammed for voting Republican in the 2008 election and for speaking out against “a LOT of stuff that black people try to stuff down my throat.”
“My take? We need to stop complaining about white people oppressing us, we shouldn’t boycott the Oscars, and we need to support Chris Rock the host,” she said. “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.”
The “Clueless” actress wrote that she prefers to be a “free-thinking” black person, instead of a “cookie cutter” African-American who simply follows what everyone else is doing.
Dash concluded her post by saying she's always dreamed of winning an Oscar, but instead used her appearance at the awards show as a way of “bringing diversity to Hollywood.”
“Not merely because of color, but politics as well,” she wrote. “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.”
Last month, Dash spoke out against celebrities wanting to boycott the Oscars over the lack of black nominees, calling the movement “ludicrous.”
“We have to make up our minds,” Dash explained during an appearance on “Fox & Friends.” “Either we want segregation or integration.”
As previously reported, several black actors skipped Sunday’s award show including Will Smith, his wife Jada Pinkett Smith and director Spike Lee.