Stacey Dash Crashes Oscars 2016 — And Other Cringeworthy Moments
All that glitters is not gold, and that adage certainly applies to the 88th Academy Awards. Hollywood’s biggest night was not without its missteps, and here are some of the worst. (What’s up, Stacey!)
Stacey Dash crashes the Oscars
We never expected to see Stacey Dash on the Oscar stage, but it’s at least slightly more sensical she was only there as the punchline to a (misguided) joke.
Chris Rock announced the Academy had a new “minority outreach program director,” and introduced the Clueless star. Stacey wished the perplexed audience a “happy Black History Month,” which is “funny” because she just asked to eliminate Black History Month in January.
Chris Rock makes Asian jokes
The audience gets that not every comedic bit at the Oscars is gonna be a hit, but they aren't expecting to be offended. Not only did Chris rely on the stereotype that Asian individuals are good at math — bringing three Asian kids on stage instead of the usual PricewaterhouseCoopers accountants — he followed that up with a crack about child labor in Asian countries:
"If anybody’s upset about that joke, just tweet about it on your phone that was also made by these kids."
the joke about the Asian kids would've stung less if there were more Asians on stage tonightMina Kimes (@minakimes) February 29, 2016
Jenny Beavan gets no respect
For some reason, a whole slew of guests seated on the Dolby Theater's aisle found themselves incapable of clapping for winner Jenny Beavan as she walked up to take the Best Costume Design prize for her work on Mad Max: Fury Road. Check that out: eventual Best Director winner Alejandro González Iñárritu (of The Revenant fame) even has his arms crossed.
Thank-yous gets relegated to a scroll
Speaking of people not getting their due: Oscars producers had prospective winners send in their thank-yous in advance — so that they could be run across a scroll at the bottom of the screen — hoping this tactic would help keep acceptance speeches shorter or, at least, more interesting. It didn't work... and we barely had the time/attention span to read about those who helped the winners win.
Chris Rock brings out the Girl Scouts
Chris Rock welcoming his daughter’s Girl Scout troop to sell cookies to the audience would have been funny — if Ellen DeGeneres hadn’t given the audience pizza two years earlier. Been there, done that, dude!
2017 Oscars, hope you're taking notes!