On a recent episode of “Red Table Talk,” Jada and Adrienne sit down with comedian Chelsea Handler to discuss her Netflix doc, “Hello Privilege. It’s Me Chelsea.”
The documentary follows Handler as she comes to grips with the ease that comes with being a blonde-haired, blue-eyed, White wealthy woman in America. As she talks through her revelations with the hosts on their Facebook Watch show, she recalls a moment when she slapped a Black woman’s butt because she was so impressed with her talent.
“This Black woman was standing up singing a song and I went up to her and said, ‘Oh my god that was beautiful,’ and I slapped her on the butt,” she told Jada and her mom.
Adrienne reacted with complete and utter horror.
“I’m shocked and appalled right now,” she immediately told Chelsea.
“And so was she,” Chelsea continued. The late night comic said that the woman she assaulted used the incident as a teaching moment. Chelsea explained, “She said, ‘Black women have been defined by their hair and their asses for ages. You have no right to touch my body.’”
Adrienne continued feeling uncomfortable with the moment while responding, “Just such classic white privilege right here.”
Throughout the sit-down, the 44-year-old talked through many instances that shined a glaring light on her privilege.
“Going into the grocery store as a White person is totally different than going into the grocery store as a Black person,” she said on the show. No one’s looking at you to screw up. No one’s looking at you take something. No one suspects anything. Do you know how many times I’ve walked out of grocery stores because the line was too long and I didn’t feel like waiting? Talk about entitlement and privilege, I just knew I wasn’t gonna get caught.”
You can watch the full episode below: