So This Happened: Glenn Close Danced to ‘Da Butt’ at the Oscars

So, Glenn Close was bleeped and then broke out into a dance at the Oscars 2021. Yup, that happened. 

Toward the end of the ceremony, actor and comedian Lil Rel Howery played a game in which he asked audience members if a song that Questlove played on the spot was nominated for an Oscar, won an Oscar, or none of the above. Lil Rel challenged Close to a round, and she gave a very detailed answer. (Perhaps too detailed—it sure seemed like Close got the answers to the quiz ahead of time.)

“That’s not fair to Glenn Close, she don’t know nothing about doing ‘Da Butt,’” Lil Rel said, referencing the song Questlove played: “Da Butt” by E.U., which was featured on the soundtrack for Spike Lee’s 1988 movie School Daze. 

“Wait a second, I know. That’s ‘Da Butt,’” she said. “I know that! ‘Da Butt,’ it was a classic song by the great Washington, D.C. go-go band E.U…I remember. Spike Lee had it written for his brilliant movie School Daze, and my friends at the Oscars missed it. It wasn’t nominated, so it couldn’t have won, which I think is such…”

That’s when Close was bleeped out, and the audience cheered. Lil Rel then asked if she knew the “Da Butt” dance, and, indeed, Glenn Close knows the “Da Butt” dance: 

Twitter, of course, had thoughts. “I love that Glenn Close knows the entire Wikipedia history of ‘Da Butt,'” one person tweeted. 

“Glenn Close just did ‘Da Butt’ on the Oscars is a brand new sentence,” tweeted someone else. 

“That’s DA BUTT!” -Glenn Close, sans context, posted a third, while Roxane Gay wrote, “I did not have Glenn close doing da butt on my Oscar bingo card but here we are.” 

Glenn Close was nominated at the Oscars 2021 for best supporting actress for her performance in Hillbilly Elegy. However, she lost to Youn Yuh-jung (Minari). Other nominees included Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Colman, and Maria Bakalova.  

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