"I’ve been badly behaved for 20 years and getting tons of money thrown at me for being a loudmouth."
In an effort to get out the vote ahead of Tuesday's midterm elections, outspoken comedian Chelsea Handler posted a video to social media Sunday where she can be seen stripping down to her underwear.
The 43-year-old "Chelsea Lately" host urged fans "
Handler has made no secret of her virulent disdain for President Donald Trump, the Republican party, and the powerful white men who purportedly run the GOP with an eye toward maintaining patriarchal power by oppressing women.
"They don't care about women and they don't care about the future," she tweeted in September, referencing Republicans. "They care about the past where all white men are in power. Rape is fine. Keep minorities and women down."
In July Handler called on Twitter to take away the president's account.
Can @Twitter just remove Trump’s account, already? No leader of any country should be tweeting threats to people and other countries. That would actually force him to talk more and explain policies and answer questions on tape, and we all know how that goes.— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) July 27, 2018
Conservatives have long criticized privileged liberal celebrities' ostensibly out-of-touch championing of underclass causes.
For their part, liberals (and some conservatives) have taken the right to task for telling Hollywood stars to keep their mouths shut about politics and then rushing to embrace celebs that espouse conservative values. See: West, Kanye.
As for Handler, last month, during an interview with talk show host Ellen DeGeneres, she may have provided a window into the motivations underpinning the intensity of her political activism.
"I’ve been badly behaved for 20 years and getting tons of money thrown at me for being a loudmouth," she added.
“For me, it’s an important subject matter right now,” she said. “It’s like, ‘What are the people that are benefiting from this gonna do about it?’ And I’m somebody who’s benefiting from it.”
Juan Leon is Pluralist's managing editor. He can be reached @juanemel
Cover image: Comedian Chelsea Handler urges fans to vote in a video posted to Instagram November 4, 2018. (Screenshot from YouTube.)