US-OSCARS-SHOWAnd the award for most bizarre Oscars 2016 bit goes to ... Stacey Dash walking on stage as the Academy's new "director of diversity outreach"!

Even the crickets didn't know how to respond to that one, but this was a good start:

Stacey Dash had made headlines for speaking out against Black History Month, which was referenced in her Oscars cameo. At least the Fox News commentator has a sense of humor about herself, and knew she'd become a viral moment, maybe not for the best reasons. So she used the opportunity to re-introduce herself and explain what she was doing on the show:

Here's a portion of that post, which already has more than 740 comments:

"You might be watching the Oscars and wondering why someone named Stacey Dash just walked across the stage. (Why was that funny anyway?)

Well, I'm Stacey – with an "e" – and it's nice to meet you. I was born in the South Bronx, became an actress in Hollywood where I starred in the 1995 movie Clueless.

Since then, you won't believe what happened. [...] Even though 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.

For example, I spoke out against Black History Month. [...] Plus, I spoke out against the #OscarsSoWhite controversy HERE. My take? 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.

Which brings me to the joke. 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.)

Anyway, this is a first. A beginning.

So that's who I am. Nice to meet you."

The reaction to her post has been mixed, which you'd have to expect, since the Internet never agrees on anything ... except maybe Leo. But you have to give her points for bravery, right?

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