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Weeks after her very confusing appearance at the 2016 Oscars, Stacey Dash is still talking about the big night. No, she doesn't have a message for her haters but a message for Best Actor winner Leonardo DiCaprio.
Leo, who is also famous for his environmental activism, devoted much of his Oscars acceptance speech to raising awareness of climate change. Here's his speech in full:
"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. Our production needed to move to the southern tip of this planet just to be able to find snow. Climate change is real, it is happening right now. 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, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this. For our children’s children, and for those people out there whose voices have been drowned out by the politics of greed. I thank you all for this amazing award tonight. Let us not take this planet for granted. I do not take tonight for granted."
However, Stacey was neither impressed nor inspired by Leo's speech. In fact, she thought "this part of his speech was too much." "He reminds me of Chicken Little, the bird who ran around the neighborhood and disturbed everyone 'with her foolish alarm," Stacey wrote in a post published on Patheos Thursday.
Here, Stacey is comparing Leo to this fable character that ran around yelling "The sky is falling!" even though no such thing ever occurred. Basically, Stacey, an actress best known for her role as Dionne in the 1995 comedy Clueless who has become an outspoken conservative pundit in recent years, believes that there was no need for Leo to sound the alarm over climate change, especially at such a high-profile event as the Oscars. "Before making a speech the world would hear, he should have double checked his facts," Stacey wrote.
The facts that Stacey cites in her blog post include an article in Reason.com's Hit & Run Blog (a Libertarian publication) that also suggests Leo is blowing global warming out of proportion as well as an article from ScienceNews that discusses shipwreck data from what is known as the Maunder Minimum, a time "when the sun dimmed to its lowest recorded brightness." However, this research should really be used to help give scientists a better idea of the effects of climate change on hurricanes, not refute or validate the existence of climate change, period.
Stacey went on to point out that the Maunder Minimum took place in the 17th century at a time when "there were no fossil fuels, no emissions, no cars — yet climate change occurred." The actress also said that all of those things weren't around during the last Ice Age either. "No matter when you believe that event to have happened, it’s obvious people and technology had no part in its occurrence," she wrote.
Of course, the majority of climate scientists agree that global warming is happening, and it's likely the result of human activity. The fact that there have been previous Ice Ages does not disprove global warming. Climate change is happening at a much faster and more dangerous rate these days, CNN Meteorologist Brandon Miller explained last November. Scientists have also said that the back-to-back of 2014 and 2015 being the hottest years on record may have put the Earth back on track for rapid global warming, The New York Times reported in January. The data from the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies featured in that article also shows that the Earth's temperature has been increasingly rising since the 1970s.
All in all, Stacey believes that there are much more pressing issues than climate change that we should focus our attention on. "There are people 10 miles from Leo starving, stuck on entitlement. Twenty first century NAZIS to deal with and North Koreans playing with nukes. He needs to get his priorities straight," she wrote. "I would leave him alone, except that his rhetoric isn’t cheap."
Stacey then went on to cite a report from conservative website Newsmax calling global warming "a $22 billion scam."
We think Chrissy Teigen's reaction to Stacey's Oscars appearance is still appropriate here.
Watch Chrissy dish on the audience's reaction on Watch What Happens Live, below.
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