- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Comedian Chelsea Handler admitted on ABC’s “The View” Wednesday that her making a Netflix documentary about white privilege exemplifies that very privilege.

Ms. Handler was asked by co-host Abby Huntsman about an “uneasy” scene in her new documentary where she visits an open-mic night at USC. In the film, Ms. Handler speaks onstage about her own privilege and her desire to have a conversation, but some of the students aren’t as accepting.

“Feel free to edit this out,” one student says in the film. “Because I’m, like, really embarrassed to be here with you.”

Ms. Handler said Wednesday that the students took her to task during the exercise but that she “gets off” on putting herself in uncomfortable situations and that she came out better in the end.

“It wasn’t welcoming, you know?” she said. “There were black people in that room that were taking me to task saying, ‘All you do is come in here and take, take, take. You making a documentary about white privilege is an example of your privilege.’ And yes, that is correct, and it was good for me to hear.

“I get it. I am taking,” she continued. “I’ve taken a lot and I want to give back, and I think it was a necessary conversation. And by the way, the whole problem is that white people don’t want to be uncomfortable talking about these things. They don’t want to ask the wrong questions, they don’t want to offend black people, they don’t want to say the wrong thing. Guess what? It’s OK to be uncomfortable. We can afford to be a little uncomfortable after everything that’s happened and stretch our brains and our bodies to put ourselves in situations that aren’t natural — that aren’t comfortable.

“We all have to learn how to be better,” she added.

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