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Chelsea Handler made some potentially offensive remarks, only “potentially” offensive because they passed without comment and I bet without narry a snicker, when Sir Paul McCartney was present to honor his daughter Stella McCartney who was being honored for her fashion design achievements at the Lincoln Center, according to Local SYR.com.
Chelsea Handler was given the mike and had the impeccable taste to make fun of McCartney’s ex-wife, Heather Mills, who lost a leg in a road accident. The joke couldn’t have been more obvious or accessibly gross. “I would say break a leg, but I don’t want to insult Heather Mills.”
Well. Hilarious. Sir Paul was present with his present wife Nancy Shevell, but they didn’t seem to be cracking a smile. Then Chelsea stuck her broken foot in it again with, speaking about Stella, “Her collections have always spoken to me. Probably because we come from similar backgrounds. Her father was one of the greatest musicians of all time, who influenced generations, and my father spent a night in prison for shoplifting an eight track of Yellow Submarine.”
Well, probably not a gross as the first attempt, but maybe it elicited a chuckle. Sir Paul, acting as a first class act, seemed to ignore Chelsea and focus on his daughter and the honor. He said, “I’m more proud than you could ever imagine. A trillion, a trillion times proud. You know, to me, she was once a tiny little baby, and I’m here now in New York, and she’s a celebrated lady who does so much for the children, the planet and me.”
Okay, that didn’t have me rolling in the aisles, but I think who won the prize for class act that evening.