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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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Miss Penny Lane    


come on, people. is there NOTHING better going on in the world that THIS is news? are we THAT desperate for new trash every 5 minutes. i wish TMZ just updated when something MAJOR happened. this other crap is just annoying filler for no reason.

if you've ever seen the chelsea handler show, you know that this is just how she rolls. this is the same as calling sarah silverman a bigot--IT'S A JOKE!!!!

2525 days ago


Whatever ... all the people around her laughed ... as did the camera men or so it seemed. Aren't there bigger and better celebs than her? She's just a prankster.

2525 days ago


jb - Just because you're neither educated nor insightful enough to get Chelsea Handler's jokes doesn't make her a "dumb b*tch". You're the dumb one... and bitter, too apparently. Chelsea Handler is a brilliant comic, and she always makes me laugh. And this situation is nothing more than TMZ trying to boost their visibility by, once again, making SOMETHING out of NOTHING.

2525 days ago


I am a Chelsea fan. I watch her every night. You have to watch at least one of her shows to know anything about her comedic style. For goodness sake's, she makes fun of herself. She is never prejudice against one group of people. Her style is to make fun at everything and some of her comments, you must admit, are funny but true. I like her show after a long day of the crappy news in the world. It gets my mind off of wars, fires, and famines.

2525 days ago


Stupid article! Nothing else to write about TMZ?
Chesea is a comedian. I think she's great!!! I'm totally sick and tired of comedians and hip hop artists getting ripped for racism. They use words and phrases. Why make more out of it than it is? Let it go, already!

2525 days ago


Penny Lane, well put.

2525 days ago


I think she's cool as hell. She doesn't dicriminate against anyone including herself. Smart lady.

2525 days ago


You can't say anything these days if you are a celebrity unless you try to be"politically correct" Even the Pope made a boo boo when he made a statement about Muslims. And Imus was WAY out of line' Dog was sorry and I think he is really sincere. Just be careful what you say, someone is probably listening, or recording you ! From Michele in Texas

2525 days ago

Lenn K.    

#38 Wow, The same thing that Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and the Democrats have done for blacks over the last 40 years. The question I've always want answer is what did blacks do for themselves? The government is not the daddy for the black race, I know that they have taught that it is. The same hurricane hit Mississippi, and they didn't lie down and cry waiting for the daddy government to come save us. It's up to the black male to provide leadership and help the women and children if the government is late or not coming at all. Also, the Jenna 6, didn't 6 black kids beat one white kid, I could be wrong, but that's how there reporting it. Ask yourself this question what have the democrats done for blacks? All the problems are the same, they just tell blacks to vote for you and shut the hell up and they do. That's why they haven't gotten anywhere!!!

2525 days ago


I DONT LIKE CHELSEA. The only reason I know of her is from E and when she comments on someone, whether they are white, black, fat, skinny, man, woman, gay, straight, cat or dog, SHE NEVER. EVER has anything nice to say, & it's not about a joke.
Where'd she come from, no talent & definitely not funny.

2525 days ago


Chinese cameraman? Thats crazy! Everyone knows its the Japs that make the best cameramen!

2525 days ago


OK mindless drones. Truth is, some issues exist beyond entertainment. If the paid comic injures the wellbeing of the greater population, then the comic is in violation and is a terrorist of sorts. If they don't believe the crap they are selling, then is it not a violation and a lie? Money paid does not buy a blanket of immunity against social insult. Is anyone listening?????

2525 days ago


I thought that she was funny at first when she was on once a week, but now that she's sleeping with the head of E!, she gets a nightly show.
BTW..Chelsea and Tyra are fat pigs lol.

2525 days ago


It sounded like she was drunk. The jokes started out fine, but ended up going a little too far. Maybe she's just not used to being on TMZ.

2525 days ago

Cha Cha    

This thread is really interesting. I could write a book on so many of you freaks.

1) A white woman says something that could be considered offensive to some people.

2) A white news/media conglomerate posts this on their trashy website (tmz)

3) Then people start complaining that asians and blacks are making a huge deal about this.

4) Where are these asian/black people that are complaining? They are no where to be found because they don't exist. This is just the usual yellow journalism, mass media race-war provocation, incited not by the groups it claims are being offended but by the news organization that makes it into a "big deal" in the first place.

2525 days ago
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