Why Stacey Dash wanted to be the butt of an awkward Oscars joke

Feb 28, 2016 at 11:24 p.m. ET
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Stacey Dash had the most confusing moment of Oscars 2016 when her joke about diversity with Chris Rock fell flat.


Though the moment did end up being seriously amusing, mostly because of the reactions from celebs in the audience, it still left people scratching their heads once they got over the shock.


Luckily, Dash took to the Internet to clear the air about why, exactly, she agreed to basically poke fun at herself for her controversial comments about Black History Month and politics.

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Dash explained she has been "blamed, mocked, and ridiculed in the press over supporting a Republican" (she very vocally voted for Mitt Romney in 2012), because she didn't do "what she was supposed to" as a black person by supporting a black president. From there, she also went against the grain about the Oscar's controversy, the glass ceiling and more. And she's gotten more than her fair share of criticism for her opinions.

So why, oh why, would she agree to this Oscars appearance, which basically just served as a way for her to undermine herself?

Because she has dreams of winning an Oscar, of course!

Kidding, kidding.

She's actually there to promote her new book, There Goes My Social Life: From Clueless to Conservative.

OK, kidding again. (Only sort of this time.)

She was actually there because she wanted to support diverse opinions since she knows what it's like to get criticism for having unpopular views.

Dash explained, "...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.)"

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And while I agree that Hollywood needs all sorts of opinions almost as much it needs all sorts of races, those opinions should be founded on fact and research. We should follow the motto, "think before you speak." But also, do your homework before you speak so loudly. And that advice is for you too, Stacey Dash.

If you missed Dash's moment of making fun of herself, check it out below.

Do you think Dash's article justifies her Oscars appearance or is it still just as awkward?

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