“MY ACTING OPPORTUNITIES HAVE CEASED BECAUSE OF MY POLITICAL BELIEFS.
I AM BEING PERSECUTED IN HOLLYWOOD. I HAVE BEEN BLACKLISTED.
MY AGENTS HAVE DROPPED ME. I HAVE NOT AUDITIONED IN OVER A YEAR BECAUSE OF MY CONSERVATIVE BELIEFS AND WHAT I STAND FOR.
BUT I KNOW THAT THIS IS WHAT GOD WANTS ME TO DO.
AND SO WITH THAT, I WILL STAND AND I WILL DO IT BECAUSE I KNOW THAT WHAT GOD WANTS FOR ME NO MAN WILL KEEP FROM ME.”
( STACEY DASH )
At the 2016 Oscar Awards ceremonies last February, Chris Rock ( who absolutely and positively nailed the opening monologue with pitch-perfect perspective and tone ) introduced actress STACEY DASH for a quick cameo during said monologue watched by at least 40 million people live and millions more in clips going viral on social media.
Talk about a cringe-worthy awkward moment and a joke no one there remotely got.
That was the Twitter sentiment when Miss Dash surprised Oscar attendees by walking out onstage as the new Academy Director of Diversity Outreach.
CHRIS ROCK :
“THE ACADEMY HAS TAKEN STEPS TO FIX THIS PROBLEM OF LACKING DIVERSITY. THAT IS WHY IT IS MY HONOR TO INTRODUCE THE NEW DIRECTOR OF OUR MINORITY OUTREACH PROGRAM. PLEASE WELCOME, MISS STACEY DASH.”
STACEY DASH :
“I CANNOT WAIT TO HELP MY PEOPLE OUT. HAPPY BLACK HISTORY MONTH! THANK YOU.”
But why was everyone so perplexed?
There could be a couple of explanations. Maybe the people in the audience weren’t aware of Stacey’s recent comments about Black History Month as well as the present Oscar diversity controversy spearheaded by Jada Pinkett-Smith.
“I SPOKE OUT AGAINST BLACK HISTORY MONTH.
WHY SHOULD THERE BE SUCH A THING? HAVEN’T WE HAD MORE THAN JUST ONE MONTH’S WORTH OF ACCOMPLISHMENTS??
PLUS, I SPOKE OUT AGAINST THE ‘# OSCARS SO WHITE’ CONTROVERSY.
MY TAKE? WE NEED TO STOP COMPLAINING ABOUT WHITE PEOPLE OPPRESSING US. WE SHOULDN’T BOYCOTT THE OSCARS. WE NEED TO SUPPORT CHRIS ROCK AS THE HOST.
WHICH BRINGS ME TO THE JOKE.
WHEN THEY ADDED ‘ME’ TO INCREASE DIVERSITY, I’M SURE MANY BLACK PEOPLE ROLLED THEIR EYES.
I AM 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 AN 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.”
( STACEY DASH )
To get the joke, you would need to know Dash stated on several occasions that Black History Month and the BET ( Black Entertainment Television ) awards only encourage segregation.
But more likely, however, that sound you heard at the Academy Awards was not the sound of a joke flopping.
IT WAS THE SOUND OF “TOLERANCE AND DIVERSITY” IN HOLLYWOOD.
Hollywood wants to envision itself like Rudy Huxtable’s playgroup in “The Cosby Show”. They want their actors and actresses to be Asian, black, redheaded or blonde. They want the illusion of diversity, tolerance and open-mindedness, even though they’re much less ideologically diverse than your average suburban megachurch. As Hollywood grapples with its “diversity problem”, they are aspiring to add minorities to major roles.
THAT STILL MISSES THE POINT.
Yes, black actors and actresses should have more roles.
BUT IF YOU HAVE A HOLLYWOOD CAST THAT LOOKS DIFFERENT AND THINKS EXACTLY THE SAME, THAT IS NOT REAL DIVERSITY.
A HOLLYWOOD CAST THAT THINKS EXACTLY THE SAME.
THAT IS NOT REAL DIVERSITY.
In their ABSOLUTE THIRST FOR DIFFERENT VARIETIES OF SKIN TONE, Hollywood misses out on the one type of diversity that would make things truly interesting : IDEOLOGICAL DIVERSITY.
At the 2016 Academy Awards ceremonies, we witnessed a rare instance when Hollywood Liberals actually did encounter a Conservative. And that’s when their so-called “open-mindedness” really kicked in.
That’s WHAT MADE AMERICA CRINGE as they watched the Oscars. It wasn’t the joke that fell flat. IT WAS A MOMENT THAT REVEALED JUST HOW UNWILLING HOLLYWOOD IS TO EMBRACE ANYONE WHO THINKS DIFFERENTLY.
HOW UNWILLING HOLLYWOOD IS TO EMBRACE THOSE WHO THINK DIFFERENTLY.
Chris Rock was right. Everything is not about sexism or racism.
SOMETIMES IT’S JUST ABOUT IDEOLOGICAL AND POLITICAL ELITISM.
I guess that truly is CRINGE-WORTHY after all.
“Stacey Dash’s Oscar Cameo Didn’t Flop. It Revealed Hollywood’s Real Cringe-Worthy Diversity Problem.” by Nancy French @ sixseeds.patheos.com : February 29, 2016
“As Oscar Cameo Reaction Proves, Unrepentant Stacey Dash Worth Every Penny FOX Pays Her.” by Joe Concha @ www.mediate.com : February 29, 2016