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Chelsea Handler gets backlash over Serbia comment

HollywoodNews.com: Chelsea Handler is now finding herself at the center of some backlash in regard to a comment she made about Serbia.

The comedian was reading a comment on her show from the Serbian Defense Minister Dragan Sutanovac who said the Amy Winehouse concert was “a disappointment,” states Hollyscoop. Handler then commented, “Guess what? So is your country.”

A Facebook page then reportedly got started and remarked about her comment: “Ms. Handler then made the comment that she could not believe that they even allow Serbians to go to concerts, and that she did not even know that was going on over there.”

Do you think the comment was offensive? Or was she just being a comedian?

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One Comment

  • June 24, 2011 | Permalink |

    No country has a perfect history. Certainly the United States does not have one. We don’t see comedians getting away with jokes about slavery and the genocide perpetrated against Native Americans (Does this mean America has NOTHING to be proud of? I think not). If Chelsea Handler had made comparable remarks about the United States she would have been forced to apologize and would have been professionally reprimanded. There is a great deal of ignorance about the BALKANS in the United States and that is something Serbs have to live with. It has not been easy but all we can do is put one foot in front of the other and work to encourage real understanding. (Attn: Media outlets it is not “Serbians” it is Serbs and Serbia is a Balkan, not “Baltic,” nation — Please invest in a dictionary and a map!). However, Chelsea’s statements exceed sheer ignorance and reach the level of hate speech. She is contributing to the widespread demonization of people she knows nothing about and encouraging open aggression against them. Comedian or not all public figures have a responsibility not to spread hate, misinformation, and aggression. She should educate herself about the issue and apologize.

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