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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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Freedom of speech and expression bitches. Accept or leave the country. Dave Chappelle. Chris Rock. Carlos Mencia, George Lopez say worse than this. But it's funny when a "minority" says it.

2521 days ago


Freedom of speech and expression bitches. Accept or leave the country. Dave Chappelle. Chris Rock. Carlos Mencia, George Lopez say worse than this. But it's funny when a "minority" says it.

2521 days ago

Biased information    

Oh, and to debunk the defense that she is just a comedian, just remember that Michael Richards is also "comedian" and Imus was just making a harmless "joke".

Think about it.

2521 days ago


She is a comedian, who gets her laughs by being shocking. Please, lets get a clue. (the breast milk cheese thing was so funny) You can't take seriously anything she says, that is the whole point to her comedy. I love her. She is a constant reminder to me, not to take things so seriously. We all could use a dose of that!

2521 days ago


i find her jokes stupid, disrespectful, and not humorous at all.
her little group of friends, whoever they were,
standing right behind her look like idiots laughing
at her jokes. who does she think she is? she seems to
be trying too hard to impress the public with these race jokes...

2521 days ago


Why does TMZ try to make everyone out to be a racist? What is the deal with this obsession? She is a comedianne and was obviously telling jokes, so what is the big deal? Would TMZ brand any black comedian as a racist for saying anything about whites or asians? Where was TMZ when Shaquelle O'Neal made fun of the way Yao Ming and other Chinese people talk?

2520 days ago

Father Time    

I think the bigges outrage here is that bitch claims to be 31!!!! Try 51 hun...

2520 days ago

Dean Martin    

Just jokes. Nobody seemed offended.If it wasn't for TMZ, no one would know or care.

2520 days ago

Smart Generation    

I like how racist people hide behind the fact that they are racist by using the same old comedian excuse. Comedian are humans like everyone else and can be racist just like anyone else can be. They are not immune to racism if fact they they usually are the most racist but they get away with it because it's their so call job to offend people at get laughs at whatever cost. If the joke was even half ass funny then I would let it slide but it's not even remotely funny and just offensive.

2520 days ago


Here we go again. The newsmaker wanna-bes at TMZ are trying to cause problems for someone. Your probably at your desks right now saying "I hope we can ruin this ladies career with this story. Its not a story. Its a comedian joking around. I tell you what. When you start doing stories on minority comedians making fun of white people, then you can say something. Otherwise, drop it. This is ridiculus. You people at TMZ make a fortune out of degrading people who live in trailer parks with your generalizations of britney being trailers trash. So maybe you should look at yourselves you bunch of idiots.

2520 days ago


Comedians try too hard to be funny sometimes. In this case, she made a bad joke. Calling an Asian guy "Vietcong" is similar to calling someone that looks German, a Nazi. True, race shouldn't be an issue but when you make an off the cuff remark that is offensive to some, at least take some responsibility. Especially when the said joke bombs. I'm all about people poking fun at other races including their own, but at least be intelligible about it. Smart humor beats ignorant crass humor any day.

2520 days ago


If Jesus were here would he find anything funny about that segment? If Chelsea Handler would repent the Lord would show her his purpose and you know I bet it would be more rewarding than making fun of people for their ethnicity.

2520 days ago


This is the same thing she does on her show and in her stand up day in and day out - the woman is being sarcastic. She is not making fun of "race". She is making fun of our preocupation with race and stereotypes.

2520 days ago


SHE'S A COMEDIAN! All comedians, black, white, asian, mexican all make fun of eachother's races! Thats what they do! People taking it the wrong way should check out Mind of Mencia...IT'S THEIR JOB TO PICK ON EVERYONE!!! Have you noticed she is always picking on Jews! Its because SHE'S jewish! If she can make fun of herself then she should be able to make fun of other people too. Get over it!

2520 days ago


That's how her jokes are. The point that she is saying that lets anyone that knows the way she jokes that she knows it's ignorant. That's the joke.

2520 days ago
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