US comedian Chelsea Handler claimed she was shut out of her high school’s hall of fame after she publicly commented on the abortions she had during high school.
Discussing her abortions as a guest host on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday 28th June, Handler said: “Do you know what men on the internet had to say about that? I don’t because I don’t give a fuck.”
“But my old high school does,” she continued. “I recently found out that my high school in New Jersey, Livingston High School, is refusing to induct me into their alumni hall of fame.”
“Jason Alexander and Chris Christie made it, but not me,” she said, referencing the former Seinfeld star and the former governor of New Jersey. “Apparently, the school is upset about how much I talk about my abortions, so I decided to start a grassroots campaign.”
“You should donate to Planned Parenthood, and then march, and then vote, but after you’re done with that, go online and tweet a message to the school district for my alma mater @LivSchools,” she added. “Let them know how you feel about this gross injustice and use the hashtag #Hall4Handler.”
In a statement via the New York Post, a spokesperson for Livingston Public Schools refuted Handler’s claim, “On behalf of the current Livingston Public Schools administrative team, Ms. Handler was not refused for the LEF Hall of Fame,” communications and community outreach coordinator Michelle Bent said in a statement.
Handler’s comments come in light of the US Supreme Court’s decision to overturn constitutional rights to abortion last week. The court ruled in favour of a Mississippi law that outlaws abortion at 15 weeks of pregnancy while also overturning key precedents established by the 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade.