Chelsea Handler learned a lot about herself while crafting “Hello Privilege, It’s Me Chelsea” for Netflix.
The documentary tackles white privilege. Through filming the documentary, Handler says she learned how she contributes to the problem. “When I started the documentary, I had this idea that I was woke,” Handler, 44, told “The View” on Tuesday.
“I know what’s going on. I know how to be a good advocate and ally to people of colour,” she continued. “But then you look at yourself: I moved from New Jersey, to Santa Monica, to Brentwood to Bel Air. I am exactly the problem.”
“I never thought about living in a more diverse neighbourhood,” she confessed. “I never thought about opening my brain that way.”
Handler shared the lessons she learned. “The whole problem is white people don’t want to be uncomfortable talking about these things,” she said. “They don’t want to ask the wrong questions. They don’t want to offend black people. They don’t want to say the wrong thing.”
“It’s okay to be uncomfortable,” Handler assured. “We can afford to be uncomfortable after everything that’s happened, and stretch our brains and our bodies to put ourselves in situations that aren’t natural, that aren’t comfortable.”
“Hello Privilege, It’s Me Chelsea” has received mixed reviews following its Netflix premiere on Sept. 13. The documentary also stars Kevin Hart and Tiffany Haddish, among others.