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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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RE: #127

Great post. The people jumping to defend it should be ashamed also.

2460 days ago


Lenn K. glad ya got that off your chest. Feel better.

2460 days ago

Marlb Man    

What's with this "spot on" phraise? I hate it when people talk in street slang, It just makes them look and sound like douchebags!

2460 days ago


I agree jen. It's comedy people. Would everyone chill out. She's a comedian, take her or leave her. She's not running for political office.

2460 days ago


arrogant , anything controversial to stay in the news, eh b!tch? you're not even funny, have to make fun of people, you're old and outdated...whatsmore, you'll never last! you johnny-come-lately hag!

2460 days ago


What is really tacky and stupid about this article is that TMZ posted it right after the totally racist headline about Britney ordering kids off of a Chinese menu. That was an offensive headline in a terrible story that TMZ should not have printed in the first place. Talk about hypocrites? OK for them to be racist, but not this wanna be "comedian."

2460 days ago


SHE IS JUST TELLING A JOKE. Can People Joke anymore? Black people do say white people jokes all the time and on TV and no one gets mad at them. Its just a joke!

2460 days ago

Not ! a BrAngelina LOON !    

uhm .... does anyone EVER say anything to black comedians ???? Dave Chapelle and my other favorite CHRIS ROCK make fun and hate on everyone and I LOOOOOVE IT !

Stop with the politically correct B.S ! Lighten up PPL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2460 days ago

Big Ol' Nobody    

dang! i thought she was simply a shiksa!! but she's exactly not! no wonder she wasn't afraid to make fun of other races..these days everyone wants to pass for a wasp without being one (too much hate to endure)

2460 days ago


I enjoy good comedy. I am a big fan of those who test the boundaries of what some consider humorous and what others may consider offensive. I still laugh out loud at the political and social pokes by the writers of South Park and of course Dave Chapelle. Unfortunately, Ms. Handler is simply not funny. I watched her program ONCE and during that time she made a joke about Latinos and then made some comment about tortillas. She isn't "pushing the envelope"; it's just NOT funny. The indefinable phenomenon called humor, and the mean-spiritedness of comedians like Sarah Silverman and "Borat" Sacha Baron Cohen ( I don't have to be a Kazakh to recognize that his comedy is horribly racist), have created a new breed of entertainers who rest solely in the uninspired material of dumb racist jokes. What people like Sarah, Chelsea, and Sacha don’t care to acknowledge in their thirst for fame and money, is that while they themselves may not be racist (an assumption I am making), their jokes perpetuate stereotypes, which in turn allows true racists to remain ignorant and in turn, belittles and demeans us all. As an Asian woman, I don’t care personally about the things Chelsea, Sarah, and Sacha say, but I do give a damn when networks like Comedy Central and MTV and productions companies like Paramount allow this stupid crap to enter the mainstream. They can do better. We can do better.

2460 days ago


A. Not hot.
B. Not even cute.
C. Not funny.

When her stint with GBB ended, she should have gone home. She is a trainwreck on her own.

2460 days ago

Belinda Watkins    

Chelsea Handler is simply NOT FUNNY. Make no mistake, if she wasn't sleeping with a "big-wig" at E! TV, she WOULD NOT have her own show. Not only does she embarrass herself, E! Television should be embarrassed as well. E! tv, do your fans and your sponsors a favor, cancel the show. Save "Chewy" for something else. However, as for the comment, who cares. People these days are way too sensitive. Grow a tough skin people.

2460 days ago


Very rarely is she funny (in my opinion) but we should realize she is just trying to get a laugh and not be offended. We all need to lighten up and not take every comment so seriously. People must have nothing to do with their time if they are wasting their time on getting upset about this.
E! should probably not keep ties with her, not because of this, but because she just isn't that funny. They should really do more with the guy who hosts the Soup, he is brilliant!

2460 days ago

Sean Bresnahan    

#138: Your observation is right on the money!

2460 days ago


Americans don't have any class anymore. They think being rude is being cool. Crossing lines is seen as powerful Arrogance Rules, being crass and rudeness is what they put in place of humor. What ever happened to the people who told jokes?

Too bad you have forgotten what funny is

2460 days ago
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