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Chelsea Handler’s Netflix documentary on white privilege – Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea – has been panned by critics, who say it amounts to a “misguided reckoning” and note that she is actively “exploiting her wokeness” and “profiting off a film about her white privilege.”
Handler’s Netflix special, which dropped last week, centers around the left-wing comedienne’s exploration of “white privilege” in an attempt to “be a better white person to people of color, without making it a thing.”
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“I’m clearly the beneficiary of white privilege. And I want to know what my personal responsibility is moving forward in the world we live in today where race is concerned,” Handler says in the documentary.
However, the documentary has not been well received, with critics pointing out that she is, in fact, benefiting from white privilege by participating in a “white privilege” documentary and ultimately making money from the project.
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“Unfortunately for Handler, she’s at times the worst part about the film. Most of her commentary or jokes during interviews came off either jarring or cringy,” a review from the Daily Dot reads, adding that the documentary “thrives when Handler uses her platform to allow disenfranchised people to speak.”
“It’s hard to watch Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea without feeling like Handler is exploiting her ‘wokeness’ at least a little bit,” the review continues:
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She says at the beginning of the film that she “wants to be a better white person to people of color without making it a thing”—but then makes it a “thing” by airing a documentary on a major streaming service. She’s also presumably profiting off a film about her white privilege. There’s at least the assurance that Alex Stapleton, a Black woman, directed the film. But it also feels like a lose-lose situation for Handler. On the one hand, people are bound to...
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