Comedian Chelsea Handler turns navel-gazing gabacha for her new Netflix documentary on white privilege—a phrase that rivals the film White Chicks for the all-time gabacho trigger title. The hour-long exploration titled Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea has Handler chatting up the topic with black folks such as Melina Abdullah of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles, United Shades of America host W. Kamau Bell and fellow comedian Kevin Hart.
Dealing with disconnect, Handler spends time talking to her own people, too. After getting some vox pop from an Oktoberfest event in Helen, Georgia, the comedian heads to an all-too-predictable place: Orange County. Sigh . . .
“Here I come, white people,” Handler jokes before heading into a suburban OC home.
Republican campaign manager Jennifer Beall opens the door, then leads the comedian to the back patio to meet some friends. Kathy Tavoularis, Mallory McCarthy and Kim McCarthy all gather around a cheese spread and some grapes for a conversation about white privilege—or, rather, how it actually really doesn’t exist.
“Really, privilege is growing up with a mom and a dad,” said Tavoularis, a former executive director of the OC GOP. “A lot of kids don’t have that, and I think you see that in the African-American community, where they’re missing a mom or a dad. They’re stuck in this cycle of poverty.”
Of course, most of OC rarely sees any black folks, as they’ve been historically kept to less than 3 percent of the population thanks to a mix of sundown towns and redlining. But we digress. . . .
Tavoularis touted herself as unaffected by white privilege; everything she got in life is because she worked her ass off.
Kim McCarthy, a longtime San Juan Capistrano gadlfy, never had much of a filter and let it fly, deeming racism “minuscule” these days. “It’s time to move on and knock it off and quit talking about it,” she added.
For years, McCarthy railed against illegal immigration with SJC Americans. And lest we forget her dustup over the depiction of Mexican President Benito Juarez, a Mexican flag and a Juarez quote in a mural at Marco Forster Middle School—artwork that came together in response to racist fliers by White Aryan Resistance.
Handler tried one last appeal to the women, saying having white skin never caused her to be panicked for her life when pulled over by police. The point seemed to register with Tavoularis, who reflected on it—something that led Mallory to panic and push back against any sudden revelations.
Rest assured, Tavoularis didn’t affirm white privilege is a thing, only that “black dis-privilege exists.”
Hey, there’s a new one!
Hello, Privilege. It’s Me, Chelsea is now available for streaming on Netflix.
Gabriel San Román is from Anacrime. He’s a journalist, subversive historian and the tallest Mexican in OC. He also once stood falsely accused of writing articles on Turkish politics in exchange for free food from DönerG’s!