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Comedian says her ‘white privilege’ made her act like a ‘spoiled brat’ after Trump’s 2016 election win


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Comedian Chelsea Handler appeared on Tuesday's episode of ABC's "The View" and claimed that it was her "white privilege" that prompted her to act like a "spoiled brat" in the days following the 2016 election win of President Donald Trump.

What did she say?

During her appearance, Handler, 44, said that her latest creative project — a documentary about white privilege — opened her eyes to her own behaviors.

"White people certainly don't want to talk about [race relations and white privilege]," she said. "So I figured, start with myself, so, you know, I can hang myself out to dry at my own privilege, at my own reaction to the presidency."

"Like a spoiled brat, you know, the way that so many people were crying and screaming," Handler said of the early days of Trump derangement syndrome. "It was like, 'Well, nothing in your life has ever gone that wrong before?' I really had to take a look and go, 'No.' Yes, my brother died — that was traumatic and awful. But I've never been hungry, I've never been starving, I've never been discriminated against that I knew about.

"I think it's important to have uncomfortable conversations about race because we have a big situation that's happening," she insisted. "And I thought, like an idiot, Barack Obama being elected was the end of racial tension in this country, and that's not the case."

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What else?

In a recent interview, Handler admitted that she had a breakdown in the days after Trump's election win, so she entered therapy.

During Friday's "Real Time with Bill Maher," Handler told the show's namesake host that Trump's win sent her spiraling into a "mid-life identity crisis."

"I had a mid-life identity crisis once Trump won the election because I had never had my world feel so unhinged, I think," Handler explained. "I had to pay a psychiatrist to listen to me b***h about Donald Trump for about the first three weeks."

"For me, as I can imagine it must have been for so many people, it was a huge emotional trigger of everything being destabilized and I realized just how spoiled and privileged I had been all my life to realize to be this upset and this on-a-ten every day and the outrage and the anger, I just wanted to f***ing fight people, you know?" she added. "And I was like, 'I have to go see a psychiatrist."

Chelsea Handler: Life Will Be the Death of Me | Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO)

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