Why Chelsea Handler’s “Hello Privilege, It’s Me, Chelsea” Isn’t For Black or White People

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“What are you going to do with it other than come into this space and take?”

I could’ve just stopped there and been very satisfied, but I followed the camera capturing Chelsea Handler trying to absorb the cold shower that had been levied on her attempts at a bonding session with a crowd of unapologetic truth-tellers.

“I also got the impression that black people are sick and tired of being asked questions about white people’s problems. We need to talk to people who are white and stop asking black people to solve our problems. Because it’s a white person’s problem.”

Handler presses on with more lessons about race, courtesy of a White American scholar, Tim Wise, who has authored books about racism, and is apparently knowledgable enough to thoroughly breakdown the principles of White privilege. Wise explains why White people prefer to downplay the societal bias that consistently works in their favor.

“The way I think people need to think about it, that we don’t, is understanding that privilege is just the flip-side of oppression or discrimination.”

Things take an unappetizing detour into the glitzy haven of Orange County, CA, where three White women with faces that move with the ease of snobbish reflexes are bluntly interviewed by Handler, who performs her best version of restrained repulsion.

“Part of me thinks it’s time to move on and knock it off and quit talking about it.”

At this point, Handler is slightly losing control of the vehicle that’s no longer responding to her vital maneuvering for the purpose of arriving at the destination where all her efforts are validated.

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