By Micha Green
D.C. and Digital Content Editor
While the Oscars had Black social media users fuming after actors Viola Davis and the late Chadwick Boseman did not receive Academy Awards for their noteworthy performances in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, there was a moment that renewed the hearts of many Washingtonians and those who have love for “Chocolate City.”
Eight-time Oscar-nominee Glenn Close surprised Washingtonians, and perhaps Black Americans across the nation when she showed off her knowledge of Sugar Bear and E.U.’s 1987 classic song “Da Butt,” and even showed she knew how to do the dance by shaking her romp.
The evening’s DJ the renowned Questlove, played a clip of the song, which was featured and popularized in Spike Lee’s 1988 film School Daze, and one of the show hosts, Lil Rel Howery, challenged the famous actress on her old-school and GoGo knowledge. Close was ready to show off her knowledge and skills.
“Yes it’s ‘Da Butt.’ I know that,” Close exclaimed. “It was a classic song by the great Washington, D.C. GoGo Band E.U., and shout outs to Sugar Bear and the Backyard Band and the whole D.M.V.”
“So I remember this,” Close continued. “Spike Lee had it written for his brilliant movie School Daze, and my friends at the Oscars missed it and so it wasn’t nominated so it couldn’t have won, which I think is just an f’ing tragedy.”
Then to Howery’s, the audience’s and the D.M.V.’s surprise, Close actually did the dance, sticking out her bottom and shaking her backside, also known as ‘doing Da Butt,” much to Black Twitter’s pleasure.
Philip Lewis, senior front page editor at Huffington Post, tweeted: “Glenn Close stole the show,” with the attached video of this iconic moment.
Journalist and show-host Jemele Hill wrote, “Did not have Glenn Close doing Da Butt and knowing as much as she did about the song on the 2021 Oscar bingo card.”
Another Black woman took to Twitter to write, “I may have just witnessed the greatest moment in Oscars history,” referencing the moment where Close showcased her GoGo knowledge.
One Washingtonian wrote on Facebook, “We were in here screaming y’all!!! Like this was a hype if you are a true Washingtonian!”
So what did Sugar Bear think about the moment? Even for the legendary performer who has performed all over the country and world, Close paying homage to his work was an honor.
“Man I am truly honored and blessed for the recognition from the one and only [Glenn Close]. I love it #blessed #DMV #gogo #dontplaywithsugar,” he wrote.
Further, the Oscars “Da Butt,” moment has garnered attention nationwide, with people all around the country celebrating the D.M.V.’s indigenous musical sound.
Good Morning America reacted to the moment by tweeting, “Glenn Close is a national treasure. #DaButt #Oscars,” with a video clip of her doing Da Butt dance. In addition, the hosts of CBS’ The Talk did “Da Butt,” together partying on stage.