US comedian Chelsea Handler has claimed she was disfellowshipped from her school’s Hall of Fame for her public statements about abortion.
The 47-year-old shared that she had three abortions while attending her high school in New Jersey while continuing her guest-host monologue Jimmy Kimmel Live! in this week.
“You know what guys on the internet had to say about that?” Handler asked the show’s audience on Tuesday night (June 28). “I don’t because I don’t give a shit,” she said, drawing cheers.
“But my old high school did,” Handler continued. “I recently found out that my New Jersey high school, Livingston High School, refuses to induct me into their Alumni Hall of Fame.
“Jason Alexander and Chris Christie made it, but I didn’t,” she said, referring to the former His field star and the controversial former governor of New Jersey. Christie has been involved in numerous public controversies, including lounging on a state beach that he had closed to the public.
“Apparently the school is upset with how much I talk about my abortions, so I’ve decided to start a grassroots campaign.
“You should donate to Planned Parenthood and then march and then vote, but when you’re done with that, go online and tweet a message to the school district for my alma mater @LivSchools,” she said. “Let them know how you feel about this gross injustice and use the hashtag #Hall4Handler.
“Have fun with it. Make me proud,” she concluded. “Livingston High, the hall is in your yard.”
The Independent has reached out to Livingston Public Schools for comment.
Handler’s comments come in the wake of the US Supreme Court’s decision last week to overturn the constitutional right to abortion.
The court ruled in favor of a Mississippi law that bans abortion at 15 weeks gestation while overturning important precedents set by the 1973 decision Deer vs Wade.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/chelsea-handler-school-abortions-b2112804.html Chelsea Handler says speaking out about her abortions prompted the school to remove her from the Hall of Fame