During Sunday’s night Oscar event, late night talk show host Chelsea Handler took over The Huffington Post‘s Twitter feed to liveblog the show and promote her new book Uganda Be Kidding Me, a collection of essays about her travels through Africa.

After Lupita Nyong’o won the Oscar for best supporting actress, Handler thought it would be a good idea to use the win to promote her book:

And again after the movie won best picture:

  Of course those tweets ruffled many a people’s feathers and they had no problem in saying so:

At the end of her HuffPost tweet-spree, Handler signed off with a simple tweet:


Handler responded to her allegations of being racist during an appearance on Good Morning America. Handler said, “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 more productive. I’m not racist. I date a lot of black people, so that would be a difficult thing to explain to them.”  Which brings to mind what she said she broke up with 50 cent:

“I think I called him the worst thing you could say to a black person short of calling him the N-word. I said something like you’re like a street person basically. Something along the lines of being a gangster, and it was really, really offensive and I hung up and I’ve never spoken to him again.

Did he try to call you after that?

When I told my friends what I said they were like, “You will never hear from him. This is like a proud black man you basically tore apart and put to shame.” We were going to Anguilla. He had his ticket, and he was coming. I was going with my family and I kept saying, “I wonder if he’s going to just show up” and they’re like “No, Chelsea he’s not going to show up. He’s never going to speak to you again. You totally insulted him.” I don’t remember the term I used, but it was equivalent to saying you’re a street person.

Did you say he was ghetto?

I said something like that. I said, “You have no business even talking to someone like me,” and it was very mean. Obviously, he never showed up to Anguilla, which is actually better because he couldn’t swim, so I didn’t understand why he was coming in the first place.

Totally not racist.


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