Saturday, 4 May 2013

Maj TV: The Conversation

Amanda De Cadenet’s online TV show ‘The Conversation’ is back, and this time the questions are turned on Chelsea Handler.

Here’s a little backstory on the show. ‘The Conversation’ is a talk show of sorts, but instead of taking place in a studio with a live audience and auto-cue, it’s based in a more intimate setting. From Cadenet’s home, ‘The Conversation’ feels more like a casual talk amongst girls, and considers itself ‘the universal language of women’. Their various views and thoughts are expressed in these interviews, on topics from women in the workplace, motherhood and sex. Previous guests have included Gwyneth Paltrow,Lady Gaga, Donna Karen and Jane Fonda. The show has an a particular honest approach that you won’t find on many talk shows, making Ms.Handler the perfect guest for their opening episode.

During the convo, Amanda touched on different topics, including Handler’s outspoken nature and how she’s viewed at work as a woman with a lot to say, to which Chelsea replies,‘I’ll take it. If someone wants to say I'm a bitch, I am a bitch. I’m not going to put up with anybody’s bullshit.’Handler’s frank nature has gotten her this far, and is a key part why I loved this episode. They discussed the idea of Chelsea compromising her femininity to compete with other late night talk show hosts, like Jay Leno and Conan O’Brian. Chelsea even admitted she would purposely dress like a tomboy to get people to focus on what she’s saying and not what she’s wearing. 

What stood out particularly to me was Chelsea’s views on motherhood, and how unashamedly honest she was about not wanting to have children. It’s so rare and refreshing to have a female celebrity talk so candidly about not wanting to be a mother, and feel a sense of fulfillment in their lives that doesn’t require children to make them feel whole. Society demands that as women,our main purpose in life is to have children, and this view has yet to really change(in my opinion of course).Once you’re past thirty-five, women are pressured into thinking they must have children and this can mostly be seen in the media. Just ask Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz or any hardworking woman 35 or above. In true Handler manner, she gives a big FU to societies standards, and continues to do her thing, one joke at a time. Gotta admire her honesty.

Overall, this episode was an insightful view into Chelsea's world, beyond the offensive jokes and funny persona she creates. 

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