The first big Oscar shocker of the night: Stacey Dash’s appearance.
The Clueless star turned political pundit appeared after host Chris Rock introduced her as the new director of “the Academy’s Minority Outreach Program.”
“I cannot wait to help my people out. Happy Black History Month!” she said, before waving to the crowd.
Shortly after the moment, Rock shared a photo of the two backstage.
Dash also posted a blog entry titled “Who is Stacey Dash and why did she just walk across the #Oscar stage?”
“When they added ME to increase the diversity, I’m sure many black people rolled their eyes. I’m not ‘black enough,’ they say,” she wrote. “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.
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“Yes, I’m the actress from the South Bronx who has always dreamed of winning an Oscar,” she continues. “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.)”