Chelsea does… Politics? Feminism?

You either love or hate Chelsea Handler. She is loud, unapologetic and opinionated. She isn’t exactly appropriate in language or content and would almost definitely offend your grandma.

That is exactly why Chelsea is one of my favorite women. She is a comedian, actress, author, and now, a voice for women. She is controversial, but you cannot deny she knows who she is and what she believes in and will without a doubt stand up for it. Whether you agree with her views or not, it is hard not to admire her confidence and work ethic.

Last night, I had the opportunity to hear Chelsea speak in the New York Times series “Get With the Times.” She was interviewed by award winning journalist, Megan Twohey, who broke the Harvey Weinstein scandal. They spoke about their experiences as women in male dominated careers and the #metoo movement. It was an empowering Thursday night at Syracuse University.

I had a few major take aways – and tweets – from the event.

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This is something I need to remind myself of daily. You think staying informed would be easy for a political science major. However, the news is so frustrating and disheartening sometimes that I just can’t bring myself to keep up with it.

That is privilege. My life is simple and I am well off enough that I can ignore the news because matters such as immigration and health care won’t affect my day to day life.

However, Chelsea reminded us that in order to help people besides yourself and make a difference in our world, you have to be knowledgable and understand current events. Knowledge gives you the ability to make an argument.

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I think as humans we all get jealous and insecure. We don’t like to feel less than. However, we need to remember that the end goal is relatively the same for all of us: We want to be happy and successsful and respected and have the ability to reach our full potential. I think you can learn from and give something to every woman you meet.

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Despite Chelsea being hysterical, the talk took a serious approach to the matters of sexual assault and the #metoo movement. Chelsea said it is not fair to say she has escaped the issue because she is loud and has a strong personality. She claims to have gotten lucky. It can happen to anyone. Instead of telling women to be stronger, we need to teach people what consent and fair treatment is from a young age. We need to address the root of the problem.

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I have immense respect for celebrities who use their platform for more than furthering their own career. If you have a voice that people will listen to, I think it is so important to use it.

Chelsea was not always involved in politics. She was only concerned with being funny on TV and making a name for herself. After the 2016 election and the women’s movement coming into full swing in America, she realized she could do something. She started leading marches and working with Emily’s List to get women into office. Women in America were forced to come together to fight for their rights. We could no longer be complacent with a president who has allegedly taken advantage of women.

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My personal highlight from the night was Chelsea Handler liking not one, but TWO of my tweets. Clearly not the most serious or informing part of the night, but I love knowing my thoughts are reaching an online audience.

I understand people’s hesitance when it comes to Chelsea Handler. She has not always been involved and she is still a rich celebrity. But she knows her privilege and is doing what she can to make a difference. She is real and honest and I was so happy to hear her speak.

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