Chelsea Handler is or possibly was a very respected comedian by many. Millions tuned into her late night talk show Chelsea Lately for her quick wit and sharp tongue sense of humor. Comedians are known for touching the taboo and pushing the envelope in terms of being correct. Some comedians have made a living on offending people in the name of comedy. Chelsea Handler, however, may have crossed the line in the name of comedy when reportedly the Huffington Post gave her access to their Twitter account to report on the Oscars Sunday night.
Chelsea Handler took to Twitter after Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o won the academy award for best supporting actress in the Oscar award-winning film 12 Year a Slave. According to New York Post, Twitter hit the roof when Handler tweeted that Angelina Jolie was filing adoption papers on Lupita Nyong’o. Many believe this was taking a cheap jab at Jolie who is respected for her humanitarian work overseas in Africa and also adopting children from other countries. Not many found Handler’s joke to be a knee slapper. Many felt it was racist and expressed their views on Twitter defending Lupita Nyong’o. The report goes on to say when 12 Year a Slave took home the Oscar for best film, Chelsea Handler hit Twitter self promoting her new book Uganda Be Kidding Me. 12 year a Slave was executive produced by Brad Pitt. This would be the first Oscar win for Brad Pitt. Handler has been known to allegedly take shots at Angelina Jolie for marrying Brad Pitt who divorced Handler’s friend actress Jennifer Anniston. As the night went on, when 12 Year a Slave or Angelina Jolie was mentioned, Handler tweeted, “Go to Africa or buy my book Uganda Be Kidding Me.”
USA Today reported Perri Dorset, who is the executive director of communications for the Huffington Post, is not taking any responsibility for the views tweeted from their account from Chelsea Handler. Questions are looming as to why Huffington Post did not stop the comedian after the first controversial tweet went out. Her tweets later included legendary actor Sydney Poitier and the late Nelson Mandela. Chelsea Handler tweeted an apology without explanation. Like Paula Deen, it was not clear to whom the apology was directed. Many readers felt it was too late. Much of the public is wondering if the attacks were personal attacks on Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and/or just racist towards Lupita Nyong’o. Either one, it was not a good look for the comedian.
It is debatable if Chelsea Handler’s “jokes” might have been a big hit had they been performed in an intimate setting on a stage in some Los Angeles comedy club. The jokes did not translate successfully over social media. There is not a person alive who has not been misunderstood over a text message, tweet, or email. However, most will apologize followed with an explanation to anyone who may have misunderstood or been offended. Whether it was just a bad stand-up night for a seasoned comedian or a full on attack, the heat fell on Chelsea Handler. New York Daily News reported her publicist is not responding to any questions. It is rare when a PR machine is at a loss for words. Meanwhile, Brad Pitt took his Oscar win home with his beautiful wife Angelina Jolie to celebrate with their six children. Lupita Nyong’o took home her first Oscar excited about a blossoming career and her dreams coming true. And as for Chelsea Handler, it said that a great comedian should never have to follow-up a good joke with an explanation. Many would say Chelsea Handler has some explaining to do.
Editorial by Meleika Gardner