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Chelsea Handler Denies Being Racist After ’12 Years A Slave’ Tweets

Comedian Chelsea Handler is defending herself against accusations of racism after her controversial stint live tweeting the Oscars. She took a swipe at Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o, who won the Oscar for best supporting actress, tweeting “#AngelinaJolie just filed adoption papers #lupitanyongo #Oscars @chelseahandler.” She also tried to plug her new book in some of the more questionable tweets, writing in one “Congratulations #12yearsaslave Go to Africa or buy #ugandabekiddingme.”

But in an interview today with Good Morning America, Handler denied that she was racist in any way. “People are mad at me all the time. If I was worried about that, then I would be spending a lot of time online. I’d rather be a little bit more productive,” she said. “I’m not racist. I date a lot of black people, so that would be a difficult thing to explain to them.”

Unfortunately, Handler has admitted to making racist remarks in the past. During a January 2013 interview with Howard Stern, she admitted to calling her former boyfriend, rapper 50 Cent, a racist name before breaking up with him. “I think I called him the worst thing you could say to a black person, short of calling him the N-word,” she said. “I said something like you’re a street person basically. Something along the lines of being a gangster. It was really, really offensive and I hung up and I’ve never spoken to him again.”

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  • Cordell Huntley

    Just because you have jungle fever, doesn’t mean your not prejudice. If you have to defend your actions with the words “I have friends who are Black” ,,, you are a bigot.

  • gskorich

    I think people need to get the definition of racist before they say something is racist.