Posted on 24 June 2011.
Chelsea Handler has caused controversy after allegedly “attacking” Serbia and its people via jokes made on her talkshow Chelsea Lately.
The comedian mentioned the country during her June 20 broadcast when discussing Amy Winehouse’s recent show in Belgrade during which she was booed off stage for being too drunk to perform.
A Facebook page calling for a boycott of the show as well as an official apology from Handler was later launched by Filip Filipi, a representative of the Chicago anti-defamation group 28. Jun.
The organisation monitors the way in which Serbia is portrayed across Western media as part of its remit.
The man behind the page, Filip Filipi, who works with Chicago-based anti-defamation group “28.Jun” which looks out for Serbian interests in the western media, said via phone Thursday that he was “in talks” with Handler’s management team regarding an official apology, thought to be forthcoming. “Hopefully it will be today or tomorrow,” he said.
The worst comment by Ms. Handler came at the conclusion of the assault on the Serbian people. In implying that somehow Serbs should not use Facebook, Ms. Handler read the statement of Serbian Defense Minister Dragan Sutanovac who said that the the concert was a shame and a disappointment. At this point, Ms. Handler says that “Guess what? So is your country,” meaning that Serbia and its people are a shame and disappointment, as well.
In addition to the Facebook page, a woman named Jelena Ajdarevi? has started a change.org petition also in an effort to draw attention to Handler’s remarks, so far with over 7,000 signatures.
A NBC Universal/E! Networks corporate communications representative handling Handler’s show said Thursday they do not have a statement yet. An email sent to Handler’s manager at CAA has yet to be returned.
Admin of a Facebook pager said: “Serbian people have been victimized by mainstream media ever since the propaganda wars from the 90ies. We have a right for national dignity and civilized treatment like any other nation.”