Last night was the culmination of the #OscarsSoWhite cultural meltdown that had the official title of the 88th Academy Awards.
If you missed it, you were not alone.
The Oscars’ ratings hit an eight year low with Chris Rock at the helm of the sinking of Hollywood’s Titanic.
While the award winners were unpredictable, the racism embedded within the show was a given.
Oscar Host Chris Rock carried the theme of white guilt from opening to close and even suggested there should be a different category for black actors and films.
The move would be the equivalent of forced affirmative action for Tinseltown.
To placate the Black Lives Matters movement, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs promised a move toward more diversity in future awards ceremonies but provided no concrete evidence of such a move.
As a joke for racial insiders, Chris Rock introduced Stacey Dash as the new director of the Academy’s “minority outreach program.”
The audience didn’t get it.
Dash has been a harsh critic of the #OscarsSoWhite backlash and went public to say that awards and recognition should be based on merit, not the color of one’s skin.
Dash is African American and on stage said with her tongue figuratively in her cheek, “I cannot wait to help my people out. Happy Black History Month.”
The star of Clueless, Stacey Dash has called for an end to Black History Month.
The guilt of the award’s show producers didn’t stop with Chris Rock’s narratives, they were keen to sprinkle in black performers whenever they could find one.
The opening montage strained to include black actors and actresses to a the point of hilarity that even Chris Rock had to point out.
This is the second year in a row that the Academy Awards had no black nominees for Actors or Actresses. With the exception of Straight Outta Compton, it was also a year that included few outstanding performances by members of the African American community.