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Chelsea Handler’s DUI Class Inspired Her to Get Into Comedy

-Thank you.
-So, you made a documentary about white privilege.
-I did. My own, specifically. -Your own specific
white privilege. And this is was an idea you had
post-2016 election. -Postmortem, I — Yes.
And in 2016, I don’t know if you guys know,
there was an election. -[ Chuckles ] Yeah.
-A pretty big one. I didn’t like the way that went.
-Yeah. -So, I had a hard time with it. And, you know,
before the election, like, my biggest decision was
whether I was gonna build a slide that came out
of my bedroom balcony for adults that went straight into my pool. That was, like,
my biggest stressor. And then, the day
after the election, I was running around
my neighborhood passing out water bottles
to Mexican workers like, “We love you.
You’re here. You belong here.” They’re like, “We’re legally
here, so back off, bitch.” [ Laughter ]
So it was a confusing time. -Yes.
-And I was very upset, and I dug deep, and I went
to therapy for the first time. -Yeah.
-The first real time in my life at the tender age of 42,
I think. And I got real
about my entitlement, about being spoiled, about what it’s like
to look outside of yourself, get your head out
of your own ass, you know? And I started to look around
and realized just how bad, like, of bad shape we were in
and how little I knew about it. So I got educated. -And with white privilege,
this was something that, is it safe to say you were
a little just oblivious to before you had
this sort of introspection? -Yeah. Like, I thought,
“Oh, I’m super talented, and I work really hard.
That’s why I’m successful.” It’s like “Whoa, whoa, whoa,
whoa, whoa.” When you start to read books,
it’s like a person of color wouldn’t have
had the career I’ve had, wouldn’t have gotten away
with the things I got away with, and I had no
accountability for that. So for me, it was a deep dive
into just understanding what it’s like to be a person
of color in this country, as good of an understanding
as I can have, because, obviously,
I can’t understand. But I wanted to do something that wasn’t about
me collecting a paycheck. It was about communicating
and just contributing something, you know, in a more
thoughtful way. So I started with
my own ridiculous privilege and lifestyle,
which is, you know, absurd. So I learned a lot, and we have to really
pay attention to people that are unlike us. -And I think, you know, I feel
similar probably to you, which is, you know, you,
as a white person, you succeed, and it felt very hard, you know, when you are in it
and your perspective. And you just need to realize,
like, “Oh, I’m not saying white privilege doesn’t mean
it was easy for you. It just means
it can be so much harder for people that don’t have
that first step in the door.” -Absolutely. It means that when
I get pulled over by the cops, I don’t have to worry about it
being a life-or-death situation. -Which is a huge difference. -Exactly, so —
-You mentioned — One of things you talk about
is shoplifting, how that is something you did which then becomes
a slap on the wrist as opposed to what it could be
for someone else. -Yeah, I mean, my ex-boyfriend’s
in the documentary. He’s a black man named Tyshawn
I dated when I was 16. And I know everybody knows
that I’ve dated 50 cent, and my friend said, “Oh, great. Now people are gonna think
you only like black guys and you discriminate
against your own race.” So I would like to say that
I’m available to white men, too. -That’s very nice of you to say.
-Okay? I want it clear that I don’t
discriminate against white men. -That is very sweet of you.
[ Laughter ] -Even though, you know,
you guys know what you did. [ Laughter ] Um, but — Wait, what was
the question? Sorry. -Shoplifting.
-Oh, shoplifting. Well, he and I got caught,
“A,” with three dime bags when we were 16, he was 18. Every time, they let me go,
and every time, he got arrested. And he ended up spending
14 years in jail. And I never thought about that
at the time. My director of this documentary made me go back there
and revisit that. I was like, “No more
ex-boyfriends.” Like, “I’ve met up with a
couple, and it doesn’t go well.” So I wasn’t that into it. But it was important. And, you know,
there are examples. I mean, I’ve walked
into an airport. You know how annoying
an airport can be, and the slowness
of a transaction with the person
behind the counter or at a Hudson Bookseller. I mean, I’ve definitely
walked in, looked at her and looked at the slowness
of the transaction of what it was going to take,
taken a book, and just waved $20 up at the — up at the camera —
the security camera and be like, “Yeah, I’m taking
this, and I’m leaving. I can’t deal
with the slowness of this.” And when I was talking
to her about that, I go, “Is that white privilege?” She’s like, “No, white people
aren’t even doing that.” -Yeah.
[ Laughter ] -She was like,
“You just have problems.” [ Laughter ]
So it was — -Yeah, don’t pin that
on our race. -Right.
[ Laughter ] -That is very specifically
a Chelsea thing. -I was like, “Yeah, it turns out it is very specifically
a Chelsea thing.” A lot of my issues are very, you know, centered
around my own experience. -You were — You were arrested
when you were 21. What was that for?
-I got a DUI, but my sister,
who’s in my dressing room, my mother had given me her I.D., like, as one mother does —
as a mother does, so that I could drink
earlier than I was, you know, legally able to.
-Sure. Good parenting. Yeah. -My mom was just like,
“Whatever you need to get the hell
out of this house.” Like, “If you need a fake I.D.,
take it.” Anyway, I got pulled over,
and I forgot that I was 21 at that point,
’cause it had only been a week, and I gave them my sister’s I.D. And apparently, my sister had
reported me to, like, the FBI or something, so I had to — -For stealing your I.D.? -She — She was Mormon
at the time. So, she was really just, like,
out to get me — -Yeah, they call the FBI
left and right. -You know how Mormons are.
[ Laughter ] -They got it on speed dial.
Yeah. -It’s like they’re in bed
with the FBI, basically. No, so, I ended up
spending like 48 hours in this — in L.A. County
women’s prison. And then I had to go to this
class where you had to get up and tell your DUI —
You had go to DUI school, which is basically a school
you go to for like 8 to 10 weeks where they teach you
how to get out of your next DUI. -Okay.
-They’re basically like, “Don’t ever admit –” I’m like,
“What kind of class is this?” But when I got up to finally tell my story
about my experience — -Were you nervous
about telling your story? -Yeah, I had diarrhea.
Like, I had diarrhea — Every time I went to that class,
the fear of getting called on, I had diarrhea.
-Yeah. Oh, wow. -Public speaking was the
scariest thing you could imagine and I was like,
“There’s no way I can do this. I can’t talk publicly.” But when I did get up,
I couldn’t get back down. I couldn’t stop talking, ’cause
the audience was like with me, and they were listening to me.
And my story was ridiculous. I called the cop a racist.
He was white. I mean, none of it made sense. And when I got off, somebody’s like,
“You should do stand-up comedy,” and I was like, “Yeah,
that actually makes sense — me talking and no one
being able to interrupt.” So, that’s kind of
how I got into stand-up. -So, I guess what you’re saying that any young potential
stand-ups out there is get that first DUI.
Get in front of people. -That’s right.
[ Laughter ] -You know, work it out
in front of an audience. -Yeah, and if you could
steal someone’s I.D., go for that, too. Why not? -Congratulations
on the documentary. It’s always so great to see you.
-Thank you. -Give it up for Chelsea Handler,

90 thoughts on “Chelsea Handler’s DUI Class Inspired Her to Get Into Comedy

  1. I love Chelsea. She is blunt, on your face and has a strong personality. She gets a lot of flak and hate precisely for those reasons. Men having similar qualities are usually considered charismatic, too bad when it comes to women some men simply aren't comfortable with it.

  2. I love Chelsea. She's one of the least phony people. I admire loud women (I like Kathy Griffin, too). These are women who did work hard, but they are also philanthropists and understand how lucky they are. It's often the people who at first come off rude who are actually the nicest people to have on your side. The phony "nice" people are the ones I don't trust. . . .just look at RepubliCON women (Stepford wives vibe). And the fact that misogynists hate Chelsea and Kathy makes me love them more 🙂

  3. She's terrible. I assumed her best buddy ensured she wouldn't fail, despite being stupid and untalented…The female Nick Kroll, too much money and time on their hands…

  4. Every comment bar a few are about her looks, clothes and people saying she isn’t funny. So why click on the video? Some of you are women hating misers.

  5. So…. if Hill-dog wond the election….
    Would she have had this big insight into her privilege?

    Honestly, If Trump didnt win… shes not gonna be doing this

  6. haha. I love it when the privileged get so "woke" they add the new privilege of "i'm so woke now" while remaining in their bubble. Not that i know how to solve the power imbalances in the world, but it probably starts with not worshiping money, power or celebrity.

  7. Handler is the perfect example of a morally demolished self loathing lib. This is the same woman that giggled while a man urinated on her face. She attended dinners at Jeffrey Epstein’s Manhattan sex mansion & was good pals with Harvey Weinstein. Nuff said. Https://

  8. This Old First Nation's Native American think's it is time for another Civil War in my humble opinion …. It is time to shoot every single Democrat and Liberal and Progressive and Socialist in the face and throw them all in the Sewer's where they belong just my humble opinion ….. And my freedom of speech ….

  9. Well since she's so woke now, hopefully she no longer advocates for genital mutilation.

    Maybe she's not so bad anymore. Maybe she's even funny now. I'll give her that chance next time I come across her comedy. I have my doubts, though.

  10. "A person of colour wouldn't have had the career I've had". Do you want me to literally list hundreds/thousands that have had the career you've had?

  11. I was never a fan, especially since she called Michael Strahan a cliche, but her documentary is worth watching. BTW my DUI class was fun as well.

  12. Awww boss your such a poor baby boy ! Maybe if you didn't commit endless crimes everyday for your entire life you wouldn't have to cry or complain about subpoenas ! Constitution issues – well isn't that calling the kettle black ! Ironic – you cry and use everything as exact opposite to the things you are doing and complain that it's happening to you instead ! Obviously like it's a rigged election – ahhh yeah Donny but for you and your corrupt cronies ! From now on you can go do your treason and crimes and money laundering and sex trafficking and tax fraud tax evasion bribery extortion racketeering – intimidation and harassing and perjury falsify things like it's just a photo copier – so many crimes and obstruction of justice out in the open ! Bragging about it ! Do whatever you want with this and keep doing it especially treason – just better leave me out of the middle and have no involvement whatsoever ! Four years of your bullshit ! Getting ignored ! That's fine – you won't ever hear a word from me ever again until after the next election ! Or your more than welcome to call or text in English – other than that never will anyone ever see or speak or interact ever again with me ! Not ever ! Zero chance ! Your gonna speak English !

  13. I've never understood how this woman is considered a comedian I know each individual has there own unique taste but I don't get it I've never found anything she says funny. But to each their own I guess.

  14. She's a white pass 40's and ready to mingle with younger Latinos and black guys that normally happens to younger fat white chicks if they want to enjoy good xxx.

  15. Chelsea Handler is a disgusting being! She spews foul language and her vulgar shtick is anything but funny! The sooner she finishes her disappearing act from public view the better! Going away is the best thing she's ever done! Bye Felicia.

  16. She's a bleeding heart snowflake an annoying millionaire who will never GIVE ANY THING TO ANY ONE What's mine is mine FK OFF CLOWN

  17. How can a "JEW" claim "white privilege"?!
    Jews claim to be a race so THEY ARE NOT WHITES.
    You are either a "JEW" OR White (caucasian)

    Unless she admits the whole "JEW" thing is a big scam.

  18. Chelsea Handler is a rich white lady that profits off the backs of poc and their social injustices while declining to use her voice or platform to promote a progressive Democrat political agenda.

  19. TRUMP supporter here,i forgive you Chelsea,for calling for my harm and the harm and mocking of my children,i understand that you were not right in the head at the time…glad your seeking help for your aggression and trust issues…We have to forgive and LOVE eachother or neither side (LEFT NOR RIGHT)is going to have a country left to fight over…

  20. So, she's trying to make a point about a serious problem, and the title of this article is about the DUI she got 20 years ago?
    Did who ever was in charge of this video drop the ball on what was important here, or just not care?

  21. Chelsea handler threatens and hates on melania trump on twitter hundreds of times. If she actually cared about women she'd be encouraging her

  22. What is it with shoplifting? So many Americans seem to view it as a harmless rite of passage. I've never done in my life, never wanted to do it, never viewed it as harmless.

  23. "…a person of color wouldn't have had the career I've had…" are you kidding? That is blatantly racist. Way to go, dumb ass.

  24. That's honestly wonderful she can have an open mind about her opportunities in life.

    But it isn't worth being on a talk show for. You had a realization that you are entitled?! Oh, ok, why don't you tell that to the rest of the non millionaire, multi race, multi opinionated, nation

  25. I think I can stand THIS Chelsea: little bit more down to earth, little bit less entitled and immature…nice job with that therapist. Keep it going 👍

  26. Who do I go to in order to recoup my unclaimed white privilege? Is it my single mom or drop out alcoholic father? My empty fridge while she went to night school (full disclosure, the fridge was white)? My admissions counselor who was really interested in my “outside of Europe” heritage? All the job interviewers who didn’t hire me or notice I am Gaffigan white? My pot dealer’s gunmen who was not aware of my flesh as he robbed me with a shotgun? Is there a hard-work, gritty, path-of-least-resistance-resisting fairy that only visits pale people? How are those asian kids doing against the Ivy League? Rave doesn’t matter. We are human. Life sucks. Make hard choices. The number 1 risk to young black men are young black men. Police have never in our US history been more unlikely to use violent force against non whites EVER. Biases and bigotry exists. But so do really long orgasms and tacos pizzas so…

  27. She is capitalizing on leftest sentiment on privilege in general. Leftest are eating has if it's their last pizza on Earth.
    In this case, she should rather work the system that gave her privilege such a way that it helps those who are disenfranchised and having system screwing them

  28. I watched Netflix special. They did a good job . . . but . . . .they just put the tip of their toe into the subject. It should be the beginning of a documentary series. There's soooo much to cover on the subject

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