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The Oscars Got Political… Here’s What You Missed

Will this presidential election be the most important in American history?

What would a Hollywood gathering be without some controversy and drama?

The 88th Annual Academy Awards was no exception, with 3 stand-out moments that had everybody in the crowd talking. If you didn’t watch, here’s what you missed:

1) The show’s host, Chris Rock, poked fun at Jada Pinkett Smith for boycotting the Oscars and calling on other black actors to do the same.

“Jada got mad, Jada said she’s not coming,” Rock said. “Isn’t she on a TV show? Jada boycotting the Oscars is like me boycotting Rihanna’s panties. I wasn’t invited.”

The crowd roared at Rock’s joke and he continued. “I get it. You get mad,” he said. “She said ‘it was not fair that Will was this good and did not get nominated.’ It’s also not fair that Will was paid $20 million for ‘Wild Wild West.’”

2) Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Academy Award for his performance in The Revenant, and decided to editorialize his acceptance speech with a lecture on climate change.

“I just want to say this — making “The Revenant” was about man’s relationship to the natural world, a world that we collectively felt in 2015 as the hottest year in recorded history,” he said.

“Climate change is real, and it’s happening right now,” DiCaprio said. “It is the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and stop procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who do not speak for the big polluters or the big corporations, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world…and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed.”

3) And lastly, Fox News contributor Stacey Dash made a surprise cameo appearance on stage, drawing visible reactions from the liberal “haters” in the crowd.

That seemed to be the question of the night after the outspoken Fox News contributor made an unexpected appearance at the Academy Awards following a sketch that poked fun at the lack of black actors in movies. “The Academy has taken steps to fix this problem and that is why, it’s my honor to introduce the new director of our minority outreach program,” Oscar host Chris Rock introduced. “Please welcome, Miss Stacey Dash!”

Huh?! “I cannot wait to help my people out. Happy Black History Month!” Dash said with a laugh before exiting the Dolby Theatre stage and to tepid applause.

… Celebrities didn’t know how to react to Dash’s awkward — and incredibly brief — moment onstage. When the camera panned to the audience, The Weeknd had his hand over his mouth in disbelief and shock at what just transpired. Chrissy Teigen, who attended with husband John Legend, was also caught reacting unfavorably to Dash. Teigen confirmed on Twitter that her hilarious reaction was in fact in response to Dash. Demi Lovato, Brooklyn Decker and “Magic Mike XXL” star Adam Rodriguez were among the stars who were not feeling Dash’s drop-by.

Apparently liberals in Hollywood only care about superficial diversity, not intellectual diversity.

Deneen Borelli

Deneen Borelli is the author of Blacklash: How Obama and the Left are Driving Americans to the Government Plantation. Deneen is a contributor with Newsmax Broadcasting. She is a former Fox News contributor and has appeared regularly on “Hannity,” “Fox & Friends,” “Your World with Neil Cavuto,” and “America’s Newsroom.” She has also appeared on Fox Business Network programs “Making Money with Charles Payne,” “The Evening Edit with Liz MacDonald,” and “Cavuto: Coast to Coast.” Previously, Deneen appeared on MSNBC, CNN, the BBC and C-SPAN. In addition to television, Deneen co-hosted radio programs on the SiriusXM Patriot channel with her husband Tom. Recently, Deneen co-hosted the Reigniting Liberty podcast with Tom. Deneen is a frequent speaker at political events, including the FreedomWorks 9.12.2009 March on D.C. which drew a crowd estimated at over 800,000 people. Deneen is also an Ambassador with, a social media platform that promotes free speech, and with the America First Policy Institute (AFPI) which advances policies that put Americans first. Deneen testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Natural Resources in May 2011 and before the Ohio House Public Utilities Committee in December 2011. Previously, Deneen was a host, Outreach Director with overseeing its outreach program, a Project 21 Senior Fellow, and Manager of Media Relations with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). Prior to joining CORE, Deneen worked at Philip Morris USA for 20 years. During her corporate career at Philip Morris she worked in various positions, her last as Project Management Coordinator in the Information Management department where she was responsible for the department’s mandated quality processes, communications, sales information and database management. Deneen began her Philip Morris career as a secretary and advanced to positions of increasing responsibilities. Deneen worked full-time and attended classes at night for 11 years to earn her B.A. in Managerial Marketing from Pace University, New York City. Deneen served on the Board of Trustees with The Opportunity Charter School in Harlem, New York. She appeared in educational videos for children, worked as a runway fashion model, and auditioned for television commercials. Her interests include ancient history, pistol target shooting, photography, and volunteering at her church. Deneen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband Tom.

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