Anger Over Chelsea Handler’s Oscar Night Tweets

Anger Over Chelsea Handler’s Oscar Night Tweets

The Huffington Post allowed Chelsea Handler to takeover their Twitter account during Oscar night.  Many people were offended by her tweets, and took to their own Twitter accounts to express their outrage at both Handler and The Huffington Post.

She tweeted about the historic 12 Years a Slave win by making an Africa joke (and plugging her upcoming book):

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And then came these tweets about adoption and race in an attempt to poke fun at Angelina Jolie:

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Some people may argue that comedy is sometimes intentionally offensive, and that is okay. Do you think these tweets were crossed the line and were intentionally malicious? Or do you think when it comes to comedy, there is no line to cross?

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  1. AmyBean 3 March, 2014, 18:48

    I think it’s totally ok that she was offensive. And it’s also totally ok that people were offended. I doubt that she was being intentionally malicious. She just likes to push boundaries and limits and see what she can get away with before she gets fired. It is her right to show poor taste in the name of “comedy,” and it’s her audience’s right to decide whether or not she’s worth our time and effort. I decided a long time ago that her brand of “comedy” is not my thing.

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  2. Marissa Brown 3 March, 2014, 22:54

    Was this any worse than Ellen hinting at Liza being a drag queen?

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  3. Melissa lewis 4 March, 2014, 04:08

    I don’t understand, looks like she was trying to sell her book?? Is the book about adopting African babies?
    And the tweets about Angelina look like they are just reporting her adopting more kids… Is there more background story to this?

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  4. Morgan 4 March, 2014, 09:51

    Chelsea handler makes equally offensive jokes about pretty much everyone on the planet. If she didn’t, this would be worse, however, she said nothing more offensive than her normal material so if there’s outrage at this, then there needs to be outrage at ALL of her offensive jokes.

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  5. alysbcohen 4 March, 2014, 16:48

    There’s a difference between a news source, which people more or less expect from HuffPo, and a comedy stage. You go to Lisa Lampanelli or George Lopez shows expecting race jokes, and so lose the right to complain. If you don’t like race jokes, don’t go to those shows. However followers of HuffPo aren’t following it for a stand-up act. The venue is wrong, and that is the problem here. People weren’t following that Twitter account for jokes like this, but rather for something that can pass as news.

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  6. Jan Hub 8 March, 2014, 06:42

    I think her tweets were offensive and not funny at all. The crisis that the people there are going through are no joke at all. I am supporting Nouri, one of the buy one give one brands that provide help to children in impoverished nations and I hope that people will take the time to look at the different causes that can help them instead of making insensitive jokes.

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