Stacey Dash has been outspoken against things like black history, affirmative action, and equal pay for women. Yes, against those things. As you could predict, she was against the #OscarsSoWhite controversy, and is even against the BET awards. Her arguments against these things are usually a combination of typical “libertarian” Fox pundit stuff, with a fair amount of blame for the disadvantaged groups and complete disregard of the concept of privilege.
For example, she has said that women and minorities are fighting for equal pay for equal work is an excuse that they are not as good or not working as hard as their white male counterparts. Yeah. That kind of argument.
It’s the kind of thinking that leads people to insinuate that actors and directors of color should work harder and get better if they want to be nominated at the Oscars. Pretty regressive stuff.
The Oscars host Chris Rock poked a bit of good-natured fun at this sort of thinking, with Dash herself as the punchline. The good thing about folks who work for Fox news are used to being completely disconnected from the truth, so they’ll believe whatever you tell them!
Host Chris Rock introduced her as the director of “our new minority outreach program.” Then she walked onto the Oscars stage and wished everyone a happy Black History Month. I must admit, it’s not the most hilarious thing I’ve ever seen, but I appreciate the commentary, especially in light of the lack of black nominees.
The reaction to the punchline was not favorable:
— Robert Littal (@BSO) February 29, 2016
Stacey Dash herself has explained her appearance at the Oscars. She claims to have been added in order “to increase the diversity.” But she is quick to point out that racial diversity is not that important:
“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.)”
Right. And yet somehow the Academy completely missed out on the “easy kind of diversity” in their nominees? Her take, as a Black woman, is that
“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.”
Her explanation about her appearance at the Oscars sounds exactly the same as her reason for being invited to the Oscars. Chris Rock is poking fun at a Black woman with such regressive, anti-Black perspectives. And Stacey Dash still thinks she’s in on the joke.