Popular American comedian Chelsea Handler shared some troubling personal news live on TV, sparking a backlash on social media.
Chelsea Handler said her high school in New Jersey would not induct her into their hall of fame because she spoke openly about abortion.
However, Livingston Public School officials have argued that Mail that her comments are “false”.
The 47-year-old US comedian previously shared that she had three abortions while in high school in New Jersey during her monologue on Monday, May 19. Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Speaking on the last show, Handler said, “You know what the men on the internet have been talking about (my abortions?),” she asked. “I don’t know because I don’t give a f*ck,” she said to the applause of the audience.
“But my old school knows,” Handler continued. “I recently learned that my high school in New Jersey, Livingston High School, is refusing to induct me into its Alumni Hall of Fame.
“Jason Alexander and Chris Christie did it, but not me,” she said, referring to Seinfeld alum and former state governor.
“Apparently the school is upset about how much I talk about my abortions, so I decided to start a grassroots campaign.
“You have to donate to Planned Parenthood and then march and then vote, but after you’re done with that, go online and tweet to the school district for my alma mater @LivSchools,” she continued. “Let them know what you think of this egregious injustice and use the hashtag #Hall4Handler.
“Have fun with it. Make me proud,” she concluded. “Livingston School, a hall in your backyard.”
Funny Woman’s request comes after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last Friday, which has legalized abortion throughout the U.S. since 1973, upholding a Mississippi law banning the procedure after 15 weeks of pregnancy and leaving the matter up to each 50 states.
However, Livingston Public School officials denied Handler’s claim in a statement to Mail on Thursday.
“RS. Handler’s claims that Livingston Public Schools are refusing to induct her into the Livingston High School Hall of Fame are false. Earlier this year, Ms. Handler’s representatives contacted the district expressing her desire to be inducted into the LHS Hall of Fame.
“Obviously, this is very important to her. Because it has been several years since anyone has been inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame, the district immediately looked into granting her request and communicated directly to her representatives about the process moving forward. We are saddened that Ms. Handler used her platform to spread a political message at the expense of our school community.”
They added, “Ms. In February, Handler’s representatives sent an email to the county asking for information on how she could be inducted into the LHS Hall of Fame, which is run by the Livingston Educational Foundation (LEF), officials continued in a lengthy statement.
“Due to the pandemic, the LEF has not been fully functioning as an organization for several years and has had a change of leadership. While the LEF considered doing an individual induction, they realized that as an organization they needed to follow the official nomination process for the Hall of Fame. After several email exchanges with Ms. Handler’s staff in February/March about how the district could honor her memory, and lengthy conversations with LEF leaders, the district has made it clear to her staff that she will be considered by the LEF at its next consideration.”
“LEF stated that he is looking forward to the return of the Hall of Fame as soon as possible. During this time, he may formally nominate and induct new LHS graduates.
“The District has contacted Ms. Handler’s representatives to see if they can shed light on the basis for Ms. Handler’s false statements. They have not yet responded to our emails, ”concluded the district administration.
Mail has not yet received a response from Handler’s representatives.
Fans quickly followed Handler’s instructions and tweeted the school district after her opening monologue.
“Enter the Chelsea Handler into your Hall of Fame. She actively talks to women about abortion, spreads information and laughs. What’s the problem?” one user wrote.
“Honoring (sic) Chris Christie rather than Chelsea Handler is as crazy as trying to strangle a Secret Service agent and grab the steering wheel of a car,” said another.
“Hey @LivSchools, join the age you live in and honor (sic) Chelsea Handler,” joked another.
This story originally appeared on New York Post and reproduced with permission