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Chelsea Handler's New Gig: Bigot?

11/25/2007 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Trying to joke about race can get you in a lot of trouble -- just ask Michael Richards. Last night outside of Koi, supposed comedian Chelsea Handler tried to do the same thing and, like Kramer, failed miserably.


She was approached by two cameramen -- one of whom was Chinese, the other (our guy) was African-American. Chelsea quipped that it was "crazy that you guys all travel together, Asians and Blacks. That's amazing." And they can vote now, too!

After a failed joke about Dog the Bounty Hunter, somehow a question about Britney Spears turned into Chelsea saying the Chinese photog was from "Vietcong-nam." When it was pointed out that he was, in fact, Chinese, Chelsea just said, "Whatever."

Guess she's the kind of comedian you just have to laugh at -- not with.

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151.

The Icon    

Actually do believe she's a closet bigot. My Korean girlfriend and I watched the premier episode of her Chelsea Lately and she said something along the lines of Blacks talking out loud in the movie theater.

Ok, that was pretty funny because it's true but then she continued to "Oh yeah, just don't 'AX' them a question". As she continued, you could see the audience becoming more and more uncomfortable.

What a lowlife.

2433 days ago
152.

Biased information    


Comedians act like bullies. If children talk like this to eachother, most likely someone would get a punch in the nose. As an adult you want to respond in a mature manner, but when you have a person being immature, malicious and mean-spirited and encouraged by others with laughter you don't have much you can do about it except complain. The last thing you want to do is lower yourself to their level.

"Comedians" or not, some things these people say are completely inappropriate and bigotted and we should not let it slide.

Take a look at this scenario. If a comedian walked up to a physically challenged child and said offensive remarks to them, is it still O.K.? So the next logical question then is at what point do we find hostile, malicious remarks funny?

I think we should boycott their shows, their websites and don't buy their magazines. Hopefully then, they'll get the picture.

Jerry Seinfeld said something brilliant in a recent interview. He said that comedy definitely changed and has gone downhill recently. He challenged comedians to try and be funny without being mean. He said if you can be funny without being mean, then you're really funny.

2433 days ago
153.

Biased information    

I want to change my post just a bit.

It's not all comedians who act like bullies, it's just most of today's popular comedians that do.

If children talk like this to eachother, most likely someone would get a punch in the nose. As an adult you want to respond in a mature manner, but when you have a person being immature, malicious and mean-spirited and encouraged by others with laughter you don't have much you can do about it except complain. The last thing you want to do is lower yourself to their level.

"Comedians" or not, some things these people say are completely inappropriate and bigotted and we should not let it slide.

Take a look at this scenario. If a comedian walked up to a physically challenged child and said offensive remarks to them, is it still O.K.? So the next logical question then is at what point do we find hostile, malicious remarks funny?

I think we should boycott their shows, their websites and don't buy their magazines. Hopefully then, they'll get the picture.

Jerry Seinfeld said something brilliant in a recent interview. He said that comedy definitely changed and has gone downhill recently. He challenged comedians to try and be funny without being mean. He said if you can be funny without being mean, then you're really funny.

2433 days ago
154.

Johann McMahon    

Behind her, laughing sometimes, is E! president Ted Harbert.

2433 days ago
155.

Juke    

"Ok, that was pretty funny because it's true but then she continued to "Oh yeah, just don't 'AX' them a question". As she continued, you could see the audience becoming more and more uncomfortable."

They have black skin, they aren't retarded children. Stop treating them as such. If white people from the south can take jokes about how they talk without crying (or pretending outrage) so can blacks.

Quit being such friggin babies already.

Of course, its the white liberals in this case treating them (whichever minorities were talked about) like babies.

2433 days ago
156.

LuciLiu2    

BECAUSE MOST PEOPLE DON'T REALLY KNOW (CARE?), WHO SHE IS, SHE CAN GET AWAY WITH HER SOMETIMES FUNNY, SOMETIMES RACIST JOKES. IT WOULD HAVE BEEN NEWSWORTHY IF IT WAS ELLEN OR ROSIE.

2433 days ago
157.

moveover    

SHE'S JUST NOT FUNNY!

2433 days ago
158.

This is sad    

I wonder who this woman is sleeping with to get her own show. She is not funny...her attempts at being bold for shock value, usually leaves one yawning. She isn't funny or cute.

I am a black person and was NOT REMOTELY OFFENDED by her comments or this video. Her comment toward the asian cameraman was plain ignorant ! To assume this guy or his ancestors arrived in the United States from Vietnam on a boat was actually embarassing for her.

Her comedic abilities are so pathetic; because she was soooo UN-funny and unmoving one can only conclude that she was attempting to be mean and offensive but actually ended up looking like a DUMB ASS.

Chelsea...get some talent and try again. Your show cannot possibly last much longer so please hurry.

2433 days ago
159.

cosmos    

If you're TALENTED and intelligent, you know that kinda stuff isn't a joke. Yep, let's fall on that ol' crutch of racism, when you got nothin'.

2433 days ago
160.

Required    

Pickey, Pickey
Chelsea Handler tells it like it is.Spontaneous natural unabridged
delightful comedian.
.Sexy "off the cuff high speed comedy.I laugh at her show on E on Line
Television.She is a female Linkletter but with more guts.
Her side shows and adventure romps like her horse back riding event was comical.
She is a sexy lady with a fearless gutter mind that delivers hot.hot hot quips.

2433 days ago
161.

Crystal    

WE AE ALL FREE TO SAY WHAT WE WANT TO IN THIS COUNTRY! WHY DO PEOPLE ALWAYS FORGET THAT? I DONT EVER SEE ANYBODY OTHER THAN WHITE PEOPLE BEING PUT OUT FOR SAYING THINGS ABOUT RACE.

2433 days ago
162.

Crystal    

Lisa Lampanelli ANYBOY???? Lisa is way more out there than Chelsea!! Lisa is way more funny though!
I just think the whole freedom of speach is out the window for you int his country.

2433 days ago
163.

jennajellybean    

If you're gonna joke about race, fine; but do it right! She's not even funny! What stupid comments...

2433 days ago
164.

aqualung    

she was puttin' on a show, and was damn funny, too !!!

2432 days ago
165.

THE TRUTH    

this is my first comment on TMZ! whoo hoo! hey, about this "Chelsea Handler" person...she has history of making racist jokes against Asians, even on Tonight Show...according to her wikipedia, she is dating her boss at E! channel, so that's one raeson she feels safe to do anything...but i wll send emails to several companies that enable her...let's show her that she isn't so safe after all...maybe she can date Dog Chapman now...haha

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