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Critics And Fans Unimpressed By Host Chelsea Handler's Off-Color Racial Humor

People are talking...and they are not saying great things about Chelsea Handler's hosting skills and her off-color racial humor (which seems to center on making fun of black rappers). See what people are saying when you go inside...

 

If you watch Chelsea's show on E!, you already know that she loves rappers and they love her. And she does really funny interviews.  But the MTV VMAs started out with her walking down the hall and being "sexually harassed" by a bunch of black men (mainly rappers) who all wished her well about hosting the show, before smacking her butt.  This bit would have worked on her show.....but many found it uncomfortable.


 

Then after her lackluster monolouge, she "summoned" Rick Ross to whisk her away from the stage...and of course she straddled him.  And again, I'm uncomfortable.  And I wasn't the only one unimpressed.

The New York Times said of Handler:

"She was among the worst in the show's history — purposefully out-of-touch, with brief, alarming flashes of off-color racial humor. On her talk show, “Chelsea Lately,” in a smaller setting, her interviews with musicians, rappers in particular, are consistently hilarious and inappropriate. Here, she never looked comfortable, undone by nerves, brittle material and the wattage of those around her."
 

The Washington Post said:

"...comedian Chelsea Handler declared in her opening monologue, a string of flat punch lines that felt a few degrees below crass. Sample zinger: “It’s time to acknowledge the big black elephant in the room. Where’s Kanye?” Ugh.
 

Entertainment Weekly was also unimpressed:

"As the live portion of the show began, Handler turned in a moderately funny Gaga sendup, appearing amid red-lycra-clad dancers wearing a dollhouse on her head. Though, again, it felt a little like Host the VMAs Paint-by-Numbers — Gaga’s both the easiest and the lamest (not to mention the most willing) target around. Her monologue then brought us typical crowd-pleasers like drinking and drug references like, “That’s the last time I do a prayer circle with Snoop Dogg.” There were herpes digs at the cast of the Jersey Shore, and a mention of “that series of duets released by that Russian woman featuring Mel Gibson — those were cute.” The obligatory Kanye nod — calling him “the big black elephant in the room” — was equally edgy-but-boring. There was even use of the word “vagina” for good measure (as in, “imagine how good [Justin Bieber's] music will be when he sees a vagina”)."

AOL TV said:

"Handler was giddy and game for a good time throughout the night, but most of her skits fell flat: She jumped in the hot tub with the 'Jersey Shore' cast (heels and all) and exited with a tired joke in the form of a faux baby bump. She addressed last year's West-Swift debacle by warning off stage crashers with a stupid self-defense demonstration. She filmed a running skit with Ke$ha about a VMA meet and greet. And she made an unfortunate joke about riding home on the face of the hot werewolf from 'True Blood.' "
 

I absolutely love Chelsea's TV show, so I expected a lot from her.  I actually didn't think she was absolutely horrible, but I see where folks expected more.  People have to realize different networks, wider audiences, and different time slots allow for different standards.  So she possibly couldn't be her usual self due to restrictions.  Even though she did manage to slide in some eye brow raisers.

She did seem a bit tipsy during the opening.  But hey...that's Chelsea.  And this is MTV.

Your thoughts?

 

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Would someone tell Chelsea

Would someone tell Chelsea H./ Lately that her "Weave" is a Hot Mess... Maybe she should find a better color match, texture match or HairDresser. a Little Trashy. So Stringy the Ends... Don't Blend... Stop Talking About People. Your Sick.
Always Watching's picture

I'm sorry. I kinda like her

I'm sorry. I kinda like her show at times. But her interviews are horrible. She is so boring, has no good questions or topics to talk about, and unless its some black rapper, she looms like she has no interest. We get it chelsea, you are infatuated with one thing. Someone who has massive amounts of money, no clue how to spend it, and is black. Yes, he has to be black. You seem so bored doing interviews with anyone but when you get a black rapper online you act like a 12 year old meeting justin beiber for the first time. Its sad, pathetic.
Anonymous's picture

she is a friggin jewess

she is a friggin jewess stirring up tensions is what they do best.i'm a poet and don't know it.lol..
patton's picture

She uses the excuse that she

She uses the excuse that she is anti-P.C so she can get away with making cheap racist joke; all in the name of comedy. - P.C is used out of respect to not offend people of certain racial or cultural backgrounds, such as gays and mentally challenged to women, like Chelsea Handler. Chelsea is just acting like a typical Jew. Uh oh.
Annouska's picture

Sorry, but she isn't funny,

Sorry, but she isn't funny, not even on her show.
Anonymous's picture

Ok yes all yall taking this

Ok yes all yall taking this way out of control I am black and i thought that shit was hilarious espeically the comment about Kanye. Black ppl are way to sensitive these days and we talk about white people all the time. which might i add seems very hypocritical GET OVER IT its not that serious. I love Chelsea i think shes funny as hell by the hell. And if ne one has a problem with it guess what i dont give a shit
FOS's picture

Oh yeah just one more if

Oh yeah just one more if Katie Perry can't hold back her tits for childrens view sake, then she really must be just a piece of meat.
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chelsea is an

chelsea is an undercover-racist straight up, that's my opinion....she's the new 2010 model, tho. she knows that, to alienate us completely would be damaging to the #'s....instead, she let's rappers and other unsuspecting (won't call anyone "dumb") brothers feel like they take part in her jokes somehow, but i agree with an earlier post that some just don't realize that they are being laughed AT not WITH. if you notice, she stays completely away from black female stars with her "off-color-humor." she stays on our men because.....well, let's face it, sometimes they are suckers for white girls.....not all, ya'll know.....and some are just glad to hear their name anywhere. carlos mencia tried it (making black folks the butt of every damn joke) with his show/material and got away with it for a while until people stopped laughing........BUT, he ain't a white girl.............just sayin
chile's picture

Well what would you expect

Well what would you expect from a social idiot female who thinks that protecting our childrens ideals is old fashioned and out of date. Bet she never had to protect a child in her life or had to fight off an Adult who wanted to sex a child up.....to her all is okay....kids will learn how life is anyways....just like this Child Sex Slavery Right in Our Own Backyard...Do you know these children? One of the below photographs is of a child sex slave in the United States. Yes, a sex slave... as in a child that is trained to perform sexual acts for money. In the United States. http://www.momaroo.com/732425380/child-sex-slavery-right-in-our-own-back... People like you are helping to hurt our kids!
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I never watch her show either

I never watch her show either but she sucked on the Vmas and I bet MTV will never ask another female to host at least not her!!!!
Eva's picture

well i never watch her show

well i never watch her show so she's not even relevant to me she's just not funny period
Anonymous's picture

this pencil faced, ruler

this pencil faced, ruler shaped bitch should have made the foolywang material!!
Angel's picture

*yawn* I feel as black people

*yawn* I feel as black people we got more stuff the worry about than a stupid ass VMA on a channel that dont even show fucking videos lol.
Ahsatar's picture

I love Chelsea's show and

I love Chelsea's show and watch it religiously and I actually tuned into the VMAs ONLY because she was hosting. Needless to say I was thoroughly disappointed at her performance, she seems out of place and uncomfortable and just about all of her jokes missed their mark. Maybe such a large-scale setting just doesn't fit her brand of humor. I will continue watching her show though because she is hilarious in that element.
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I absolutely love Chelsea. I

I absolutely love Chelsea. I love her show and I think she's hilarious!! I was beyond excited to see her at the VMAs, and expected alot of funny jokes from her However, her jokes were great but fell flat. The timing was off and so was her delivery. Before her show "Chelsea Lately"..she had the Chelsea Handler Show which got canceled but was verrryyy funny. Her delivery used to better, she would always say her jokes with a dead serious face and for some reason it made it so much funnier. I feel like this new show has had so much success that it changed her a little. Anyone who's watched the show from the beginning could see the difference between her overall delivery and attitude. Now she laughs before she even tells the joke (which can be annoying) and her show setup is completely different. She now only does round table (twice, no skits like before) and the guests are only on for like 3 minutes. I just think it was too soon to put her as a VMA host..maybe she should've gained more fans first. It seems like she was a last minute choice. I STILL LOVE HER THOUGH!!
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I am sorry i don't think

I am sorry i don't think she's funny ever. Not on her show or as the host for the VMA's. Her jokes are only for shock value and to me thats not a real comedian. And the fact that she couldnt tailor her act for the show but still be funny goes to show that she is WHACK.
Anonymous's picture

SHE IS SOOO STUPID AND HER

SHE IS SOOO STUPID AND HER JOKES ARE STUPID AND LAME TOO!!! IT SAD SHE THINKS SHE IS FUNNY BUT PEOPLE ARE LAUGHING AT HER...!! WHAT AN IDIOT!!
Anonymous's picture

she sucked as a host point

she sucked as a host point blank period
YadaYadaYada's picture

Anybody that is familiar with

Anybody that is familiar with her will tell you she's not racist. She's actually is infatuated with many Black men (she loves TI LOL). I think she should have worked a lot harder on her jokes and that would have made her successful. It wasn't that bad though.
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CHELSEA IS HILARIOUS. SHE WAS

CHELSEA IS HILARIOUS. SHE WAS LIKE WATCHING A DITZY WHITE WOMAN, WHICH SHE IS!!! LIGHTEN UP PEOPLE, IT WAS ALL FOR FUN. HELL SHE TALKED ABOUT EVERYONE...EVEN THOSE IDIOTS FROM JERSEY...WHERE SHE'S FROM!
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I think that this is being

I think that this is being seriously overblown. I heard those remarks and in no way did I get offended or felt any certain way. This is what comedians do. They make fun of things that people dont want to talk about. A lot of black comedians have made improper remarks at awards shows, they knew what they were bargaining for when they had her host the show. Black people need to get over the fact that they are always some form of victim. And yes I am black.
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SHOUT OUT TO CHELSEA I LOVE THAT CHICK SHE DID HER THING...SHES NOT A RACIST SHES A FUCCIN COMEDIAN THATS HE SHIT COMEDIANS DO IVE HEARD WORSE CASE AND POINT "KRAMER".... ALL OF YA SHUT UP STOP BEING SO DAMN SENSITIVE, SOUND LIKE A BUNCH OF LITTLE ASS KIDS... CHELSEA DO YOU BABY!!
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SHOUT OUT TO CHELSEA.* I LOVE THAT CHICK,* SHE DID HER THING...SHE'*S NOT A RACIST,* SHE'*S A FUCCIN COMEDIAN THAT'*S T*HE SHIT.* COMEDIANS DO (Does not compute)** I'*VE HEARD WORSE.* CASE AND POINT, * "KRAMER".... ALL OF YA SHUT UP.* STOP BEING SO DAMN SENSITIVE.* SOUND LIKE A BUNCH OF LITTLE ASS KIDS... CHELSEA DO YOU BABY!! There you go Mo-Barz, I tried to correct as much as possible for you. I believe people may NOW understand all that that you meant. * Denotes Corrections
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I don't like Chelsea's show,

I don't like Chelsea's show, her brand of humor, or her so-called style as an individual. I'm not surprised by her behavior at the VMA's: which is why I didn't watch them. The sad thing though--is that she's getting attention and that alone will keep her ignorant ass in the public eye.
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Im Black and thought she was

Im Black and thought she was hilarious!!!! Loosen up people!!! It was funny.. Dang, everyone so sensitive....
Natashia's picture

naw it just wasnt all that

naw it just wasnt all that offensive but it just wasnt that funny. Nearly every national review of the show said the same. her show is funny but she just seemed off. u need more material than rappers have sex w white girls.
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Its the worst VMA's I have seen in a while--Snore Bore that it was...most of the celebrities were at NY Fashion week anyway--Im sure it was a hell of alot better then the VMA's so they made the right choice. Handler? What can be said--Replace her...the host brings alot to the show--maybe if the host had been banging we wouldnt have paid attention to how lame everything else was...
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AZIZ ANSARI for reason not

AZIZ ANSARI for reason not entirely beyond me definitely does a better job lampooning celebs/rappers/singers/crooners etc and never appearing to cross the line. It comes off more as a tribute and a cruel tease. Maybe is the brown skin...maybe its bc he really seems to be a fan of music. I think he says things in a creative way instead of just the same..."rappers spends lots of money and have sex in the mouths of white women so hide your daughters"
wow's picture

Aziz was awesome last year,

Aziz was awesome last year, you're so right, I like Chelsea sometimes, but I found myself actually cringe at some of the things she said, it wasn't that great this year at all.
Anonymous's picture

It wasn't just the jokes, but

It wasn't just the jokes, but she just plain ole sucked! I don't get her anyway, but that's me. Ellen DeGeneres would have been better for the show. Chelsea is tooo crass!
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I tweeted earlier during the

I tweeted earlier during the day (Sunday) that Chelsea's jokes would be full of racial humor. Chelsea gets a pass because she is a white woman and you know how pure and innocent they are, but even on her show she does a lot of complaining about blacks and our supposed complaining about racism. Like a typical white woman she believes sexism exists but not racism. As for rapper, they are dumb black men and any white woman that smiles at them they get all silly and giddy. Another YBF poster made a comments some time ago where she stated black men are too dumb to realize Chelsea is making fun of them and that she knows they will make her queen of the niggas just because she is white.
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OK, and all of the rockers

OK, and all of the rockers and pop queens are too dumb too. I have been with ybf for years and this is my first post because I just had to say something to this mud shark that made such an ignorant statement. Every race has its slow folk. Don't be so absent minded. JayZ is a black rapper and we all know he is far from dumb, among others. Get a hobby!!!!!!!
Te''s picture

...WOW rappers are dumb

...WOW rappers are dumb black men. There is an incredibly shallow sexist and racist comment. Perhaps you should have hosted the VMAs. You start your post by critiquing Chelsea, and then (without irony) you make justify her by making an the manner of overthetop century old race baiting stereotypes she makes money off. Rappers (black male entertainers, historically althletes, jazz musicians, rock stars, blues men etc) are low intelligence oversexed brutes ever eager to react aggressively to the slightest attention from the fair jewel of Europe, the lilly white woman. Or maybe I misread your irony. I doubt it.
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Anonymous's picture

I'm not surprised that she's

I'm not surprised that she's getting talked about. She straight BOMBED at the VMA's, Sunday! I don't think she's funny anyways, it seems like she does the same tired jokes. Like someone wrote, she will NOT be back to host. #oneanddone
BirdofBeauty's picture

only people who think today's

only people who think today's music is good like chelsea handler. their comedic taste is as shallow and vapid as their musical taste.
Anonymous's picture

Black rappers deserved to be

Black rappers deserved to be made of. The show had the highest ratings since 2002 so haters stay pressed.
miscarried baby aka scary hilson's picture

ratings were inspite of and

ratings were inspite of and def notbecause of chelsea. if anything people were hoping for sum drunken antics like kanye and lil mama last year. and lady gaga makes for good television
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