During the 88th Academy Awards Sunday evening, a conservative appeared for a brief moment on stage, baffling the top progressive minds of the 21st century who would have certainly preferred sitting through another joke aimed at them for being racist than have to share the same air as a conservative.
This awkward Oscar moment came courtesy of actress and conservative commentator for Fox News Stacey Dash, who recently raised eyebrows after declaring Black History Month and BET to be racist double standards and avenues that actually promote segregation, not integration.
When this black actress took the stage, after being introduced by host Chris Rock (and laughed at) as "the new director of our minority outreach program," she said:
I cannot wait to help my people out. Happy Black History Month!
And with that she walked off the stage as cameras captured the revulsion on the liberal activists' -- that is, actors' -- faces:
But Dash, who starred in the '90s movie Clueless, was prepared for the backlash she received, taking to her blog at Patheos to explain why her presence was unwelcome. More so, she described how she is often treated as an outspoken conservative:
I voted for Obama during 2008 – even had a bumper sticker! – I didn’t make the same mistake twice. In 2012, I voted for Mitt Romney – and everyone freaked the hell out about it.
Why? Well, black people should support black candidates, I was told. But I’m not one to be told what to do. No matter my skin color, I was going to vote for the best candidate. Since I was blamed, mocked, and ridiculed in the press over supporting a Republican, I’ve spoken out about a LOT of stuff that black people try to stuff down my throat.
A lot of it, she says, will appear in more detail in her upcoming book, There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative.
Dash then explained what was behind the joke and how Hollywood fails at diversity by suppressing right-thinking voices:
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.
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.)
Immediately after her appearance, Dash sat down to read all of the "mean tweets" that had flooded Twitter and to offer one last message: "I believe we are all equal. I don't feel inferior, nor do I feel superior. You should stop feeling that way, too."