Chelsea Handler is Not Here for White Privilege Nor Amerikkka
By: Tianna Bradford
On Thursday, comedian Chelsea Handler made an appearance on the Ellen Degenerees show and she had a lot to say about “President" Donald Trump, white privilege and Brett Kavanaugh.
She’s way more into politics than we thought, and expressed her discomfort with the Trump Administration. “I find it really, really unsettling that [he’s] the president of our country,” she said.
Chelsea described the current political climate as “depressing” and “upsetting,” but expressed she felt particularly inspired by the growing number of women getting politically engaged, “There’s a really beautiful moment happening with women coming together,” Handler said. “We all know now there’s power in numbers and there’s power collectively, so it’s so important for us all to make each other aware of what your options are on [Election Day]. ... We all can just do more than we’re doing.”
Handler was also vocal about the confirmation of Justice Kavamauhh, which she described as “representative of white male power,” also bringing up Anita Hill’s testimony that occurred nearly 30 years ago should have changed how the Senate handles sexual misconduct.
The most powerful moment was Handler's passion in calling on white women to support black women; stating, "Black women vote in our best interest, 96% of black women voted for Hillary Clinton and 96% voted for that guy, we have to be sisters to them and we have to vote in their best interest as well.” Handler definitely had her receipts ready!
Handler also spoke about her Netflix documentary, which she says about after she wanted to explore her own white privilege after the recent 2016 election. “I just started to think about all the privilege I’ve benefited from in this industry, especially,” she said. “When I started to look around at people that don’t have as successful of a career or are working twice as hard to achieve the same things, I started to feel very gross about myself.”
“For me, it’s an important subject matter right now,” she added. “It’s like, ‘What are the people that are benefiting from this gonna do about it?’ And I’m somebody who’s benefiting from it.”