Chelsea Handler needed ‘therapy’ before interviewing for white privilege documentary: Here’s everything you want to know about it.
Comedian Chelsea Handler revealed on Wednesday that she had needed psychotherapy to comfortably interview conservatives about white privilege.
She made these comments on “The View” where she was discussing her new documentary “Hello Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea.”
According to Netflix, the documentary shows Handler examining the different ways of how white privilege shapes American culture — and the ways it has served her own life and career.
Co-host Sunny Hostin brought up one of the documentary’s interviews starring a group of conservative women. Hostin described how the women said white privilege was a minuscule problem and that African Americans had privilege too, and that how one of the parents is always missing in black families.
“What was your reaction when they said those things?” Hostin asked, remarking that she liked hearing their honest responses.
Handler responded by saying, “Well, listen. I had to do a lot of therapy to even have these conversations with people because I have a temper and I am reactive.”
Co-host Joy Behar was seen nodding and smiling as Handler replied.
Handler also added that “When somebody is irritating, I want to tell them that they are annoying or that they are dense. But my exercise in this film was to be quieter and to stop inserting myself and saying ‘you’re wrong, you’re wrong,’ and to let them say — to be just kind of space for everybody to speak openly.”
Handler affirmed that everybody needed to hear others’ points of view. Behar said that while Handler should not scream at the women.
“They need to learn history — the history of this country, the history of slavery and Jim Crow, etc. before they open their mouths.”