Chelsea Handler: The #MeToo Movement Is a ‘Complete Referendum’ on Trump
Here are some other takeaways. Watch the full conversation here.
Women must vote in their own best interest, she says
Ms. Handler noted that while more than half of white women who voted cast their ballots for Mr. Trump, more than 90 percent of black women did not.
“Black people know how to vote in their best interest,” she said. “And women sometimes don’t.”
Ms. Handler argued that women have conditioned themselves to compete with each other, because there are fewer slots for them than there are for men; she added later that in the world of comedy, “the people that held me back the most were women” in positions of power.
Still, she said, that sort of thinking is misguided.
“We’re stronger when we’re together and stick together and vote in our best interests,” she said, “and we have a group, and we say, ‘No more.’”
“Now we know it’s O.K. if one of us succeeds, because that means more of us succeed,” she continued.
She uses social media, but hates it
Although Ms. Handler is active on social media — she has more than eight million followers on Twitter — she told Ms. Twohey she hates the platforms.
“It’s good messaging,” she said, but “sometimes it’s undignified.”
Ms. Handler argued that big tech companies are “controlling our brains.”
“I don’t want little girls to look on Instagram and see the groups of people that they were left out of that weekend,” she said. “I hope there’s some sort of backlash.”
‘I wish I had known more and I wish I had done more’
As the 40-minute conversation was wrapping up, Ms. Handler noted that as a stand-up comedian, she had been fortunate to essentially be the boss.
“But I definitely have had men that worked for me that were inappropriate with women that have worked for me, and I didn’t necessarily take it as seriously as I would now,” she said.
She pointed out that a societal correction had occurred in response to the #MeToo movement. “Most people meet somebody at work,” she said. “Now, nobody can even say anything at work. But it’s necessary.”
“After the fact, so many of the people that worked for me told me stories about the guys,” she continued. “I wish I had known more, and I wish I had done more, and, you know, I’m not proud of that. It’s not O.K. It’s not O.K. for a woman to feel threatened because there’s a superior that’s a male. Obviously that can’t happen anymore.”
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