Chelsea Handler catches criticism for offensive tweets about Lupita Nyong’o during Oscars
Comedian Chelsea Handler is the latest celebrity to be criticized for what she posted on Twitter. For three hours during the 86th Annual Academy Awards aka The Oscars, Handler made jokes about Best Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong’o among others.
Following the win of Best Supporting Actress by Lupita Nyong’o at Sunday’s Oscars, the comedian (using the Huffington Post account) tweeted, “Congratulations #lupita To pre order #ugandabekiddingme go to http://amzn.to/1pS4qpG #Oscars.”
“YALL NEED TO APOLOGIZE,” read one angry response on Twitter. “Am speechless,” read another.
“Massive fail,” said another. “Are you trying to connect this book to @Lupita_Nyongo because she’s black and from Africa? Wow,” wrote Twitter user Andrea Houston.
The plug was in reference to Handler’s African travelogue, “Uganda Be Kidding Me.” Twitter users took issue with the tweet, not being able to connect it to Nyong’o. Lupita Nyong’o is Kenyan and resides in Brooklyn.
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