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Chelsea Handler Praises Louis Farrakhan

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Chelsea Handler (Jean Baptiste Lacroix/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 16 June 2020 10:59 AM

In a shocking and controversial move, comedian Chelsea Handler spoke out and praised Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam who is known for his wildly anti-Semitic views and speeches. Now Handler is facing powerful backlash.

Taking to Instagram on Sunday, the 45-year-old said she "learned a lot" from a "powerful" old video that she shared featuring Farrakhan speaking of white people enforcing "black inferiority" during an appearance on "The Phil Donahue Show."

In the clip, Farrakhan is fielding questions from the audience when one woman asks why people of all races and cultures could not unite. In response, Farrakhan noted that, although "the desire is good," the reality is the "total opposite."

"I really don't think you fully understand what has happened to these people who you look at as second-class or inferior citizens," he said, before accusing the audience of enforcing "black inferiority" by stripping away the culture, language and religion of black people who were captured as slaves.

Handler came under fire immediately for her praise of Farrakhan, who has called Judaism a “deceptive lie” and said that Jews are trying to control the U.S. government and economy. He has also called Jews “Satanic” and compared them to termites.

After Handler praised the hate monger, one of her followers replied, "So, based on this logic, if you find a video of Hitler saying something positive and powerful, will you feel equally compelled to share it? You gave hate credibility and a large platform today."

Another follower pointed out that Charles Manson, like Farrakhan, never killed anyone either. He just manipulated his followers into carrying out his murder plots.

"Hate speech is hate speech regardless if they dress themselves up with well spoken words prior," the Instagram user wrote. "He calls Jews termites and wants them eradicated. How is that different from Hitler? Hitler never personally killed anyone either, he just had his army do it. Your logic is terribly flawed."

Handler addressed her critics, explaining that "Hitler was responsible for killing millions of lives," while "Farrakhan is just responsible for his own promotion of anti-Semitic beliefs." They are very different she continued, adding that "perhaps Farrakhan’s anti-Semitic views took form during his own oppression. We know now that oppression of one race leads to an oppression of all races.”

Her followers simply didn’t buy that logic and continued to be outraged.

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In a shocking and controversial move, comedian Chelsea Handler spoke out and praised, Louis Farrakhan, the founder of Nation of Islam who is known for his wildly anti-Semitic views and speeches. Now Handler is facing powerful backlash. Taking on Instagram on Sunday, the...
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