Marion Cotillard thinks American women are ‘vulgar’ after meeting Chelsea Handler


A few weeks ago, Marion Cotillard, Reese Witherspoon and Chelsea Handler were all attending the ELLE Women In Hollywood event. Reese and Marion received awards for their work – Chelsea was just there as a presenter, specifically for Reese’s award, because Reese and Chelsea are so tight nowadays. When Chelsea presented the award to Reese, Chelsea went off like she normally would, “joking” about Reese’s liquor-soaked arrest and how Reese bitched out a Georgia cop. As was reported at the time, Chelsea made lots of alcohol jokes and jokes about Reese’s Brazilian-waxed vadge, because of course. Well, Marion Cotillard had never heard anything like that before, and Marion hopes to never hear anything like that again.

Some jokes don’t translate! Beloved French actress Marion Cotillard was “totally horrified” when Chelsea Handler roasted pal Reese Witherspoon at Elle Magazine’s Women In Hollywood event on October 21.

“Mario barely contained her revulsion at Chelsea’s jokes about Reese’s drunken arrest,” an insider tells Star. “She was aghast that someone of Reese’s status would be ridiculed in such a public way and she thinks American women are vulgar and coarse.”

[From Star Magazine, print edition]

First of all, I think most Americans are proud of our mock-everyone-equally kind of stance towards the world. It doesn’t matter what kind of “status” a person has, if we can joke about them or tease them, we will. And we consider it a sign of good character when someone can laugh at themselves too. Marion considers this “vulgar and coarse” – I consider it “direct and no bulls—t.” Now, all that being said… as an American woman, please don’t judge me on the basis of Chelsea Handler. I KNOW vulgar and course and Chelsea Handler is beyond. She’s terrible. Please don’t paint all American women with the Handler brush, Marion.



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  1. Bubbles says:

    I like Chelsea, don’t like Marion.
    I always thought we Europeans are more open to joking about everything, just because our TV isn’t as censored as American TV. I guess the French are different.

    • HoustonGrl says:

      Europeans (at least the french) are more open to joking about sex. But as far as the rest, they are oddly more contained.

      • Spooks says:

        I also always thought we are more open. Like, I doubt something like The Thick Of It would ever survive in America.

      • Lucija says:

        Malcolm Tucker is my spirit animal. lol.

        I think they tried to do a remake ( why the remakes, Americans?) and it was so cleaned and PC that it wasn’t funny at all.

      • mina wurst says:

        I’m french, we make dirty jokes all the time. The thing here is just… sorry but CH is not funny … she’s appalling

      • only1shmoo says:

        I’ve lived in France for four years now, and I find that this is a culture that is comfortable talking openly about sex and featuring nudity without ever appearing to be vulgar. Some people are able to be crass while also being uptight, and CH is just one example of that.

      • Alexandra says:

        I do think the French are not so uptight when it comes to sex talks and even exhibitionism. They are pretty cool with that – when I was living in France, I could even see the neighbors across wandering around naked in their house. They are not vulgar, just comfortable with some things which would be considered revolting somewhere else. I suppose Marion likes some good dirty joke, but she just didn’t think CH was all that funny.

    • Norman Bates' Mother says:

      I thought the same thing. There is no such thing as political correctness in most European countries and I’m pretty sure France is one of them – we joke about everything, the comedians openly mock every group of people they can think of and there’s no offence taken, really, the commercials and videos with basically naked women are shown during the daytime, breakfast tv has the variety of topics from bikini wax to favourite sex positions etc. Plus Marion herself did some pretty bold comedy skits – one of them for Funny or Die called Forehead Tittaes, showing her with breasts glued to her forehead. I think Star Magazine made that up. She probably expressed her dislike for Chelsea as a person the way many people do and the SM changed it to the generalization that Marion thinks all American women are vulgar.

      • F says:

        You’re wrong, I haven’t lived long enough in other european countries to judge but in France almost everyone and everything is ultra politically correct. There are a few exceptions but they’re treated like nazis. Try joking about muslims or any other religious groups (though oddly it’s ok to make fun of catholics) and you’ll get sued by tens of pseudo anti racism associations.

        Cotillard is not a bad actress but she’s exactly like that, ultra politically correct. As for CH she’s just gross.

      • Mel says:

        “There are a few exceptions but they’re treated like nazis. Try joking about muslims or any other religious groups (though oddly it’s ok to make fun of catholics) and you’ll get sued by tens of pseudo anti racism associations.”

        How true.
        It is hypocrisy of the most revolting kind, and it’s going to come back and bite our societies where the sun doesn’t shine BIG TIME.
        But I digress.

    • Tina says:

      I’m eurpean, and I find americans to be more conservative in almost everything. The exception is chatting and socializing – americans talk to strangers on the bus, and they are very touchy-feely compared to where I’m from. It was quite a challenge when I was working in a restaurant.

    • Meaghan says:

      I don’t really like Chelsea anymore, but I now hate this Marion stuck up snob with a stick up her bum. If I were to meet her in real life I imagine within a minute she would hate me, and I’m Canadian. So don’t go saying that about just the USA when its North America thankyouverymuch.

    • Myrto says:

      The same way we shouldn’t judge Americans solely based on Chelsea Handler (I mean, come on now!), we shouldn’t generalize about an entire country and its inhabitants (France) because ONE French actress now think Americans are vulgar. I’m no fan of Marion but I’m sure she didn’t say all Americans are vulgar and coarse. As always, people jump on ridiculous generalizations. I’m pretty this is partly made up anyway.
      Having said that, I can’t stand Chelsea’s humor and I would have been as apalled as Marion had I been there.

    • EllaM says:

      I’m with my fellow Europeans on this. Jokes about waxing and stuff like that are completely harmless compared to what you can see on TV here. The USA are the country with all the bleeping and blurring and no real live TV since this little nip slip incident, remember? I don’t know, maybe Marion thinks these jokes are vulgar, but she is not horrified or shocked by them for sure. Do you really think someone who has done full frontal nudity on film is shocked by a few jokes about alcohol and waxing?

    • Dommy Dearest says:

      Actually, if I was not from America and I had to meet and listen to Handler I’d never come back to the states. That woman is vile.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        Chelsea Handler would hardly keep me from coming back to a country. She is ONE person. One vulgar and crass person. But she does not speak for all American women.

      • Dommy Dearest says:

        No she does not but she does speak for a lot of them in the way most American women are incredibly fake, vapid, conceited and only interested in who they are laying with or how they look. Handler is a painted poster child for the funny drunk woman who can have fun at parties which, if you look at the teenage and young adult crowd that’s expected to lead in the coming years, sums them up perfectly.

      • PrettyTarheelFan says:

        @Dommy Dearest: Really? Because I’ve had some very spirited discussions with other American women about feminism, politics, religion, and family, right here on this shallow blog about celebrity gossip. Very few of the women with whom I interact in the States, whether purposefully or incidentally, act, dress, look, or think like Chelsea Handler. We can care about our looks and our sex life while still caring about everything else as well. Let’s not just paint us all with the same booze soaked brush, please.

      • Dommy Dearest says:

        I get your point. I live in Washington (state) and all I come across has been nothing but vapid and shallow women/girls. Now if I ran into these women that comment and post I’d gladly not sum in the lot of us all. Even in Georgia where I grew up those girls and women would gladly through you into a wood chipper and be done with you so they can have your man. But it is unfair to categorize American women like that to a degree. However just posting on my experience around other girls/women that I’m not even impressed with them.

        I also keep seeing your name and I just want to say thank you for Jeff Hardy >_>…<_<

      • Alexandra says:

        If someone was to judge the USA based on the comments posted here, he/she would think highly of them, because there are so many articulate opinions on pretty much every article. And yes, despite the fact that I got stoned here (stoned as in ‘getting stones thrown at’, not the other meaning), I am perfectly capable of appreciating the quality of the writing. I don’t know what to say about Marion, I’m on the fence with her. While her acting is uneven (She was superb in ‘La Vie en Rose’ and ‘Rust and bones’, but truly awful in “The Dark Knight Rises”, for example), she does give me the snob vibe. Can’t forget those comments where she seemed to suggest that 9/11 was just part of a big conspiracy.

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    • Kelly says:

      Agreed, also Marion has always seemed to be “above it all” at these events. Until now I thought that was just my biased impression from her photographs and interviews. Guess not.

    • Geekychick says:

      No. I see it as a difference between vulgar and smart:”telling it like it is” or crude jokes are just that-crude; you can be 100000 times more funny with smart humor. That’s why the British gave us Monty Pyton, and Americans gave us a weak retelling of the Office.

  2. Hannah says:

    Hahahahaha. Aaaah, brilliant! Don’t believe it, though: Star Mag.

  3. Todd says:

    American woman stay away from meeeeee!!!!!!!!

  4. LadyMTL says:

    Chelsea Handler IS vulgar and coarse, I personally can’t stand her and will change the channel if I see her on TV (full disclosure: Canadian woman here, hahaha).

    That said, it’s ridiculous to generalize and say that all women are that way, because duh. Mind you, this is coming from Star so take that story with several hundred grains of salt.

    • V4Real says:

      I’m not a fan of Marion but I don’t believe she would consciously say that about an entire country (women). That’s just as bad as being prejudiced against an entire race because you’ve had a bad experience with one person of that particular race.
      As for Chelsea, that woman is appalling. I’m sure she leaves a bad taste in quite a few people mouth

      • Suze says:

        Marion is too aware of her potential audience in the U.S. to say something this stupid in public.

        Who knows what she thinks or says in private? But I doubt she was saying this to anyone who would leak it to a tabloid.

    • Nerd Alert says:

      Wouldn’t several hundred grains give it more credence than just one?

  5. jinni says:

    I can’t believe Renee Z botched her face and now looks like Handler, how tragic. Anyway, I’m sure Marion finds Handler vulgar (who doesn’t ?), but I doubt she thinks all American women are like that. She’s never struck me as being that small minded. Plus it’s Star mag. Come on.

  6. Jackie says:

    Really? We believe what Star magazine says now. As far as I’m concerned, you need grains upon grains of salt to read ANY of their gossip.

  7. Sandy says:

    News Flash: All French people think all Americans are vulgar. They can barely stand other Europeans! I don’t think Chelsea Handler had much to do with this.

    • Shannon1972 says:

      I’m wondering how the French managed to banish all traces of vulgarity from their society? How boring a life it must be, to achieve perfection in all things all the time. ;)

      That said, I believe that Marion Cotillard was offended by Chelsea Handler – I find her largely offensive too, and I am a NYC woman – born and bred. We don’t offend easily. But I would hope that the rest of the story is just embellishment.

    • Léah says:

      Do we Sandy? Didn’t know you knew “all” French people. Although, if you’re basing those sentences on whatever few French people you’ve met, I suggest meeting some more.. (:
      I’ve met many Americans, of which I’m very close with, I’m part Ducth, and live in Italy at the moment, amazing people here.
      But heyyyy.. I’m only 1 person, right? Can’t speak for all of us.

  8. Sara says:

    Do you think these Hollywood women were good friends with Chelsea before she became famous? All of these women who are friends with Chelsea make me think differently of them. Like, I don’t really like them anymore. Gross.

    • Maya says:

      Nope – Steven Huvane who is Chelsea’s agent made sure she developed these show business friendships with his other female clients like Jennifer Aniston, Sandra Bullock, Reese Witherspoon and Charlize Theron.

      I can guarantee that these friendships arent real and the minute Chelsea is not friends with them anymore – she will go back to attacking in like in the past.

      PS: I also dont like Charlize and Sandra after their friendship with Chelsea came out. You are the company you keep and I just cannot understand how these women can be friends with a racist child attacking woman like Chelsea.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I wondered about that–because the more and more I think and read about it, the more and more I think it’s really just pr, along with them being casual acquaintances. Maybe it’s just because I can’t really picture Chelsea being a good friend i.e. they probably don’t really like her, but their pr people, for whatever reason, says they need to be Hollywood friends. Like with Chelsea’s bff of the moment, Jennifer A.

        I found it funny that for a woman whose life has been made a living hell by the tabloids and paparazzi (especially in the year after her separation/divorce), she would willingly go onto a show (Chelsea Lately) and discuss tabloid rumors. I’ve only seen clips that CB puts up–but why? Tabloids talk so much shit about her, but she’s going on a talk show to talk about those rumors? I wonder what she’ll do when the rumors aren’t just she and Justin walk around naked, and that they’re breaking up.

        But back to Chelsea–some friend she is. I would be beyond mortified if I went on my friend’s show and all she wanted to do is talk about rumors and how nosy of a person she is. And even with all her “comedy” about Angelina—all she’s doing is bringing all (gossip/tabloid) eyes on Jennifer. Which isn’t what a good friend does.

        Basically, because of CAA, her “friendship” w/Jennifer, I think Handler is popular, but who knows? That could change in an instant. And right now, it might not hurt their reputations to be friends with her, but I guarantee you all, as soon as it does–they’re out. And I bet you Chelsea’s already making up “jokes” for when that time comes.

        Because seriously, who makes jokes about their “friend” getting into a car with their drunk husband, and then drunkenly tries to talk smack to the cop? When your “friend” is supposed to be getting an award, that YOU’RE presenting to her. I could see if it was on her show, that Chelsea made those remarks, but it’s an award ceremony.

  9. Maya says:

    Who doesn’t find Chelsea vulgar, rude, racist, pathetic and hypocritical (added a few of my own opinions of Chelsea)? I know that not all Americans are like that but Chelsea is giving female comediennes with real talent a bad name. Chelsea thinks that is it funny to attack children, saying racists names, attack women she has never met etc while other comediennes like Ellen tells jokes without insulting anyone – that’s what is real talent.

    I have always loved Marion and now I worship her after her diss at Chelsea – Chelsea is a disgrace to womankind and she needs to told to have some manners and class.

    I am firm believer in that you are the company you keep and all of Chelsea’s friends (Reese, Jennifer Aniston etc) are just like her. In fact Reese and Jennifer have lost many fans because of their friendship with this disgusting woman.

    • Spooks says:

      I love Ellen, don’t really have an opinion about Chelsea, but I don’t think Ellen’s style is the only “right” style of comedy.
      I love a lot of stand ups, and they have completely different styles ( Like Russell Howard’s style is very different from Frankie Boyle’s and I love them both). It’s important they’re funny.

    • tc says:

      I don’t believe the “company you keep” line. Mostly because most of us have friends who are conservatives (or if you’re conservative, you have liberal friends), and we wouldn’t want to be judged by their beliefs.

      • Gossy says:

        Uh this is political correctness getting out of hand if you judge people for being friends with conservatives/liberals. Like it’s an extremely extremely tiny percentage of people who will attack others like “omg you’re friends with that conservative/liberal?” assuming that the friend isn’t far, far left/right.

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        The “company you keep” line is utter bullshit IMO.

        What if I have a friend who I’ve known since childhood who’s gone through rough times and ended up addicted to drugs, homeless, in jail etc. ?
        Am I supposed to just abandon the friendship lest I get judged for being friends with an addict?

        My friends are all my friends because they bring something special to my life, I don’t expect that people who dislike them will automatically dislike me because I’m friends with them.
        Why? Because this isn’t high school.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        I agree, Original Kitten. Some of my friends are special to me because of how unlike me they are! I love learning from a different perspective, a different background, a different take on the world.

    • Grant says:

      I can see how Chelsea might be mildly entertaining in small doses so that’s why I don’t fault these ladies for befriending her. Most of them (read: all) have children and families so it’s not like they’re spending every waking moment of their day with her. She’s just fun to canoodle with at a cocktail party.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I feel like she’s that kind of “friend” that’s fun for when you want to go out, get drunk, go have a girl’s night in with your margarita glasses, etc. Or you’re friends as long as everyone’s just having fun…..but she’s not someone you call when shit hits the fan. Which in my mind, that’s not really a friend, more like an acquaintance.

    • Maggie says:

      That’s a “pretty over the top” opinion! I’d have to disagree with the you are the company you keep statement.

    • giddy says:

      Yep. Totally agree. Marion is wonderful. LOVE her even more now. She’s right about Handler (ugh) as well as American women in general. Like pornography — Marion knows trash when she sees it. And wonders why Reese would denigrate herself with “friends” like Handler.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        If you’re saying that American women in general are vulgar and crass, I would beg to differ with you. Having lived in the United States for half my life, I can safely say that no one country has a lease on vulgarity. There are crass and vulgar people the world over.

  10. blue marie says:

    Well I think Handler’s pretty vulgar as well, and not all that funny.

  11. Anoneemouse says:

    Don’t like Chelsey, never did and never got her “humor” if you want to call it that. But what I REALLY don’t like is someone generalizing all Americans as being one and the same. It’s like saying all French people have bad teeth.

  12. Miffy says:

    I’m getting sodium poisoning from the size of the pinch of salt required for this story. I seriously doubt someone who works in the entertainment industry on an international scale could be this sheltered.

    However, it does seem classless to roast your friend while presenting her with an award. I know gracelessness is Handler’s schtick but there’s a time and a place. Wonder would she have done the same to Aniston?!

  13. Kiddo says:

    I think Handler’s worst offense is that she’s not funny. Clearly Cotillard doesn’t think all American women are vulgar because she is friends with Reese.

  14. Han says:

    I am sure she has met plenty of other american women. She obviously just thought chelsea handler is vulgar, which she is.

  15. yeahright says:

    Americans are vulgar and I don’t mean that in a derogatory way but the general sense of humour tends to be a bit… well… coarse and basic. You can call it “no bullsh!t” if you want but I dont think that is necessarily what the goal is. Generally speaking and I apologise if I offend anyone because I don’t mean everyone, but its quite easy to pick an American out in foreign settings. Why? It’s just their disposition, their social skills, their sense of humour etc. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing when in fussier circumstances.

    • Anoneemouse says:

      I think there are “vulgar, coarse and basic” people in every country.

    • Diana says:

      But it’s also quite easy to pick out Europeans and foreigners in the US, as well. Nothing to do with vulgarity, I don’t think. I live in Florida and we have TONS of international tourists coming to Disney and South Beach and the Keys. It’s generally pretty easy to spot an international tourist: the way they dress, the social skills, etc. And, generally speaking, these international tourists are NOT more sophisticated seeming, by any means, and seem to be vastly entertained by the same things that amuse Americans.

      I think what you’re talking about is more of a cultural thing — people stick out in different countries and cultures. Fishes out of water.

      • yeahright says:

        I see what you are saying and it’s definitely a point to be taken into consideration. When I gave the example of being able to spot an American in a foreign setting I was picturing at typically touristy places, like let’s say: Stonehenge. When I was there last and crammed on a bus with people of many different nationalities, the Americans were clear and obvious.

      • flan says:

        With this note: tourists in the US are far more likely to have an affinity with American culture than the average European.

        Those who come to Disney are more likely to like Disney than those who don’t.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I think that generalizing Americans is a very risky thing to do. We have over 300 million people, spread out over a space that is incredibly vast compared with many European countries. We have an incredibly diverse landscape, with each region having a unique history of the people that settled the area. We have different traditions, foods, dialects, class and race relations depending on what part of the country you are in. Generalizations are easy to make, but they don’t reflect the reality of our country.

      • Spooks says:

        “We have an incredibly diverse landscape, with each region having a unique history of the people that settled the area. We have different traditions, foods, dialects, class and race relations depending on what part of the country you are in. ”

        My country has all that ( minus different races) and it’s smaller than West Virginia. The mentality of the people in one country tends to be very similar, no matter how big it is. At least in my experience. And the Americans I have met have all been very lovely.

  16. Gine says:

    Eh, this seems totally made up. I’m sure Marion’s met a lot of American women by now and knows that we’re not all like Chelsea (thank goodness). More fake cat fights on a slow celebrity news day.

  17. Gossy says:

    I have to say though that the whole “open to mocking anyone of any status” isn’t true. If a poor person is mocked it’s always “SHAME ON YOU” but if rich people are mocked it’s all “It’s so funny and if people get offended they can’t take a joke.” And I mean mocking for things other than obviously rude things like “poor people eat out of trash cans”.

    That said, if it’s okay to joke about something like “that rich person wipes their butt with 100 dollar bills” why can’t we joke that “that poor person eats out of a garbage can?”

    • yeahright says:

      Definitely true!

    • HH says:

      People do make fun of both rich and poor, but the examples you’ve given have different tones to them. Saying “that rich person wipes their butt with 100 dollar bills” does not necessarily come from an I’m-better-than-you point of view (imo). Whereas, saying “that poor person eats out of a garbage can” is not a joke as much as it is looking down on someone. Here’s a good example. Kevin Hart on Conan talking about his fear of a bum flicking his lip. it starts at 2:09.

    • flan says:

      I’m always weary of a more powerful group joking about a less powerful group.

      The powerful group has the system behind them and not experienced oppression at the hands of the less powerful group.

      It is not an equal thing

  18. So, following the same logic I suppose we should assume all French men are sex-addicted pimps? See: Dominique Strauss-Kahn

    • tinyfencer says:

      I know, right? Well, Marion, I’ve heard you speak and now I find all French women to be as dumb as a box of hair. So we’re even.

  19. Evie says:

    Yeah, none of this rings true to me. Like this is the first contact Marion’s ever had with American women? Please.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      It’s definitely a completely made-up story but I’m really REALLY tired of the American stereotypes.

      • GiGi says:

        Me, too TOK. I’m so over reading how Americans are so unaware and self centered.

        I live basically in the middle of nowhere (Michigan) and all of my friends, regardless of opinion, are well read, well informed and further, *gasp* interested in world issues. I always think it’s such a load when someone is all, “I once met an American and they couldn’t tell me a thing about… some such idiosyncratic thing about my country”. Ugh!

        Every country has its share of dolts but this constant mischaracterization of Americans is so tired.

      • Renee says:

        Thank you. This constant stereotype that Americans are unintelligent, unsophisticated, prudish…I could go on and on is annoying. When I was in Europe I met a Greek man whose only knowledge of the US was NY and LA but I didn’t run home and say, “All Greek people are stupid.”

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Exactly, GiGi. The USA is a HUGE country full of diverse people from different backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, and political persuasions and to paint us ALL with such a broad brush is unfair and tiresome. It’s actually just xenophobia wrapped up in a pretty bow and I’m not sure why so many find it acceptable.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        Gigi–do you live in the upper or lower peninsula???? I’m in the Upper, right by Lake Superior. I always get excited when I see someone’s from Michigan.

        And I was also wondering–I read on another post that your family was adopting from foster care, and I was wondering how is it going? That’s something I want to do when I get older, and so I’m always on the lookout for people who have adopted from fostercare.

      • manta says:

        Same way many Europeans weren’t exactly thrilled to all be painted as racist snobs because of a stupid saleswoman in Switzerland. I guess stereotypes are only annoying were you are at the receiving end of them(and understandably so).
        The author of this post wrote a few weeks ago about Scarlett Johansson that she tried to sound blasé and French when she said she was not the jealous type.
        It didn’t make anyone raise an eyebrow but I can assure you most French women don’t casually sip a glass of wine, jaded about being cheated on, and find this stereotype annoying.

        On another note, I find Cotillard so irritating that I almost want it to be true and mean a fall from grace for her in Hollywood.

      • GiGi says:

        @Virgilia – I’m in Kalamazoo – but yay for Michiganders! I used to go camping in the UP quite a bit (in the Porcupine Mts) and I love it there! So beautiful.

        On the adoption front – we’re still deciding on an agency to go through since the agency we used for our domestic private adoption doesn’t handle public adoptions.

        Our youngest came home at 3 weeks old and she just turned 4, but this time we’re looking to adopt an older child – probably 6-10 years old.

      • Suze says:

        I agree. It’s irksome.

        I’ve been all over this county and a fair part of the world outside of this country and people are diverse almost everywhere, but particularly in large countries like the U.S. Or Russia. Or China. Or India.

        These huge countries encompass so many cultures and regions and perspectives that you really can’t stereotype them. Doesn’t stop folks from doing so, but it’s still tiresome.

      • flan says:

        Renee, you don’t see it but it still quite arrogant what you wrote.
        Can you name two big cities in every country of the world?

        Why then do you use ‘only’ when a foreigner who was in his own country (!) actually knows two of your country?

        You also act as if you were magnanimous for not calling all Greeks stupid because of him. It is this kind of attitude non-Americans often take issue with.

      • Renee says:

        @Flan One I didn’t meet the man in Greece. Two you obviously missed my point. I said I didn’t come home and say Greek people (or this man) are stupid because I met one person who has limited knowledge of the US but as evidenced here many posters feel it’s fine to judge Americans based on one or two people they’ve met.

      • flan says:

        First, the man was not in your country. So no reason to expect he should know about your country.

        Second, no, Renee. I did not miss any point. The point you were trying to make was pretty clear, but you did not even realize how you placed your country above others while making it.

        Take a long look at your first comment. You thought it was little when a foreigner (who was on his own continent, not yours) knew ‘only’ two cities of your country.

        Two is not little. It is a lot.

        The word ‘only’ shows that you believe everyone should know more than two cities from your country. Even though there are countries of which you don’t even know one city.

        That is America-centrism at its most subtle.

    • Myrto says:

      I agree with Manta (I always cringe about the French stereotypes because I’m half French half German) but I also agree with the Americans who find stereotypes about America tiresome.
      How about we don’t stereotype countries/nationalities at all? Like, let’s try that. I know it’s impossible because by defintion we can only have a limited access to people and experiences, therefore our experiences can only be limited: it’s not like I can meet every single person in the US and then form a 100% accurate opinion of Americans. But I can try.
      By the way, I love how a “silly” gossip website provide so many interesting discussions.
      “Escapism can be smart” indeed!

  20. Joy says:

    So…Marion’s never met any Americans besides Chelsea Handler? I will say, Chelsea IS pretty repulsive.

  21. nicegirl says:

    OH I am soo gonna use this excuse in the future, I am already planning it, “Pardonnez-moi, for my inappropriate behavior, monsieur, I am just a vulgar American.”

    LOVE it

  22. Amory says:

    What a load of crap. Marion has undoubtedly met many Americans — she’s a flippin movie star. I can see her finding Chelsea’s jokes tasteless and not funny, but no way is there anything more to it, Star is just stocking the fires of the “don’t let anyone hate on Americans” fire and some are gullible enough to jump in and rally.

  23. Bodhi says:

    Well Chelsea IS vulgar so she has that right. I seriously do not understand why she is as popular as she is. There are SO many women out there who are much better comediennes, Tig Notaro & Kathleen Madigan come immediately to mind.

  24. Sarah says:

    Chelsea Handler would turn a women in Hollywood event into a roast. Ick.

  25. Justme says:

    I find it hard to believe that Marion generalized about all Americans in this way, especially as she works in the US at times. Likely it was Chelsea she found vulgar and she is (and I too think less of anybody who is friends with Chelsea). I’ve travelled toe Europe many times and have NEVER EVERr heard Europeans call Americans vulgar. I have heard them say Americans are loud, obnoxious, king-of-the-world egos and that they can identify them from their loudness out in any crowd, but never have I heard vulgar. And dont hate me for this’s what I’ve heard from my European relatives (British, Italian and Swiss), I’m just the messenger LOL!!!

    • Torisan says:

      I’ve traveled in Europe and most Europeans I’ve talked to hate Americans. I am glad I don’t waste my life hating other nationalities. Too much going on…..busy life. But its nice.

  26. Bea says:

    American’s can “mock everyone equally”? Not since political correctness has tied a gag around everyone’s mouth who dares to make a joke.

    In the real world (aka not Hollywood) if you dare to even try and be funny the racist, sexist, homophobic, etc. police would be on your ass and have you in the courtrooms faster than you can try to spit out an apology. for which you have done nothing wrong.

    Handler is rude, crude, racist and a disgusting example of anything – let alone a woman and/or an American.

  27. Nick says:

    “She was aghast that someone of Reese’s status would be ridiculed in such a public way”

    Status? Reese is an actress not the Ambassador to France. Marion needs to find a sense of reality.

  28. lucy2 says:

    #1 – Star Magazine. 99.999% it’s total BS.
    #2 – if there’s a hint of truth to it, I’d suspect that Marion found Chelsea’s “performance” inappropriate for the event, and that’s it – and I’d agree with her. This wasn’t the time or place for such comments.

    • glaugh says:

      My thoughts exactly!

      But lol@ all the Marion hatred around here. She’s married to Guillaume Canet! She WINS.

  29. sunnydaze says:

    I’m calling bs – she was on handler’s show and there were multiple references to them hanging out on other occasions. It would make no sense this would bother her having spent time around handler before.

  30. Ag says:

    Generalizations are awesome. Oh, wait. No, they aren’t.

  31. HB says:

    BS I’m ashamed at such displays of vulgarity and so are my friends and family. Those that aren’t, aren’t.

  32. poppy says:

    chelsea handler is vulgar -she is the epitomy of “lacking sophistication or good taste; unrefined”.
    she’s not intelligent and that’s why her “jokes” are reminiscent of the jokes of 13 year old boys.
    to put it in terms she could understand: she sucks.

    stephen huvane probably planted this story. doubtful someone, even a french someone (sorry for the stereo-typing), would insult all american women when they obviously want to be a big successful film star in american movies.
    total make-em up BS story.

  33. Thiajoka says:

    Is the Elle event a roast-worthy event, though? I can certainly see her point, in that Handler treated it as if it was a Comedy Central roast, but don’t condemn a whole nation based on Handler.

  34. Kelly says:

    Like that was the first and only American woman she’s ever met in her life?

    Also I’m more shocked at the fact that someone would come up with the idea of Marion being shocked at Reese being ridiculed for drunk-driving, instead of Marion being shocked that Reese drunk-drove.

    But if it’s true, Marion is stupid and arrogant beyond belief. No has “stature” that absolves them from condemnation from drinking and driving. No one.

  35. Nev says:

    That’s an uncivilized and uneducated attitude. Seriously.

    Chelsea is vastly more interesting anyways. So. There.

  36. lucy says:

    My, CB nation is touchy aren’t we?

    I enjoy Chelsea Handler’s shows. I do not agree with everything she says, but then, with whom would I? She makes me laugh. She’s like a contemporary white female Richard Pryor. I am tired of all the hatred pouring out of tight knickers towards her. She is not a snappy dresser but isn’t trying to be on Vogue or attend the Met Ball. She supports up and coming comedians and seems to be honest and self-depracating, which I find refreshing EVEN IF I do not agree with every word she utters. She’s an entertainer, not the President. Retract the claws. I find Jeff Ross’ and Tony Carolla’s humor to far more narrow-minded and offensive to humankind than most comedians’ working today, yet I wonder why people don’t seem put out about their vulgarity. I think people apply a double standard to what they will accept from males than from females, and that bothers me more than any bad joke.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      OR maybe people just genuinely find Handler completely unfunny and humorless?
      That’s a very, very strong possibility, as humor is entirely subjective.

      ….and since you brought up the President, I find the POTUS infinitely more humorous and charming than Chelsea, has NOTHING to with gender (see Tina Fey, who is no stranger to crass jokes, and yet is almost universally adored around here).

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        I just find Chelsea sooo unfunny. She sounds really drunk, in all the clips I’ve seen–like she has a little bit of a slurring lisp. And there is just really nothing funny with her jokes–like she seems to just base everything on curse words. Which, I like Chris Rock, he curses a lot–but when I listen to him, I laugh because he’s funny, not because he’s cursing so much. In fact I wish he would curse less, because sometimes it’s not even part of the joke.

        I started reading CB around late 2010 when Chelsea Handler first started popping up on this site–I remember reading this one story that she told in her book, about a practical “joke” she pulled on one of her assistants. If you remember, she told the guy (who was on his honeymoon) that he had won the lotto or something (a ton of money) and that he needed to come back from his honeymoon to collect his winnings. And he almost did. He was getting ready to leave when she told him it was just a “joke”.
        That’s not funny to me.

    • Bodhi says:

      She’s like a contemporary white female Richard Pryor.

      You have GOT to be kidding. Pryor was a brilliant comic who provided biting social commentary, Handler slags on celebs & tells fart joke.

    • Faith says:

      I think the thing that got me was in an interview she said how she had her dad arested so she could have a party in her house, by saying he was “molesting” her. This woman is just vile don’t get me wrong I don’t mind vulgarity christ even I tell crass and vulgar jokes but this woman is just unfunny and well an awful human being.

  37. Maum says:

    Cotillard is the French Natalie Portman. She takes herself so seriously it’s unbearable.
    I remember she gave an interview to French Elle after she had her son saying that giving birth had linked her to the cosmos and that she had finally found meaning in life blah blah blah.

    She also starred in a film written and directed by her partner. She said at the time it was frightening and emotionally overwhelming (blah blah blah) and she was traumatised when she got the script because the character was essentially her and she didn’t know if she could bare herself on screen (blah blah blah). When I saw the film it all made sense. Her character is a typical French left bank ‘bobo’ who thinks she’s changing the world because she takes photos of Amazonian tribes. She’s also thinks she’s daring because she smokes and has casual sex.

    She’s a decent actress but awful. Watch Julie Delpy in Before Sunrise (the first one) and multiply by a thousand and you have Marion Cotillard.

    • Maureen says:

      WOW, this is some interesting insight. I don’t have an opinion of her nor any interest in her, really. I think I saw her in two movies and thought she was good but nothing amazing.

    • mystified says:

      Interesting info. I saw the same film. I think the English title was something like “Little White Lies “. I had given her credit for being courageous in playing such a mildly repulsive character so well that people would think she was playing herself. I guess she was playing herself!
      By mildly repulsive, I mean not a psychopath but one of those aquaintences who you gradually come to avoid because they think too highly of themselves and are shockingly callous. She was gorgeous however.

      • Maum says:

        You know I couldn’t watch the film till the end. These people were all so repulsive (in precisely the way you described) that it is the reason why I have always refused to go back to live in France.
        Such a bunch of pointless whiny entitled bores. Am I right in thinking they never even visit their coma friend but just bugger off on holiday as normal?
        It was such a long and self-indulgent movie I just gave up on it.

  38. Sandy says:

    Marion is friends with a lot of American women, I seriously doubt she would make a dumb statement like that and oooh to an “insider of StarMag”. That and, wasn’t this event weeks ago? And only now did the insider of StarMag reveal this bomb? Yeah, this story smells of truth all right. I say dumb all of you who actually believe a word of it.

  39. paige says:

    KAISER! you’re hysterical!

  40. Holden says:

    It’s kind of hard to draw a conclusion on how vulgar Chelsea was without knowing what the Brazilian kitty jokes were, but that’s about par for the course.

  41. judyjudy says:

    Reese looks gorgeous in these pics.

  42. ZAK says:

    I highly doubt this story is true.

  43. EscapedConvent says:

    Chelsea Handler is utterly vile. I am always amazed that decent people will go on her show (Tom Hiddleston, Paul Bettany, Hugh Laurie.) Although those 3 are Brits & wouldn’t be as aware of how disgusting she is.

    I still haven’t watched the clip of Hiddles on her show because unfortunately, she’s in it too.

    • LadyS says:

      It’s actually not bad at all. She was flirting up a storm with him.

      • lunchcoma says:

        I actually found it to be a rather dull interview. She flirted up a storm with him, he was mostly awkward about it, and nothing of much interest was said by either.

  44. LadyS says:

    Someone of Reese’s “status?” What the f— kind of aristocracy is she trying to create in America? Nobody is exempt from ridicule. Granted that Chelsea can go overboard into mean territory sometimes, this bitch needs to take a joke. Please go back to France and stay there!

  45. Maureen says:

    I have a feeling Marion doesn’t like American women and thinks we ARE vulgar and coarse — but not because of her exposure to Handler. I think Marion *already* felt this way and Handler was just one more example for add fuel to the fire for an already-existent prejudice.

    Not that I blame Marion. I could write a laundry list of crap I can’t stand about Europeans in general and the French in particular, so I don’t begrudge Marion for having her issues with us.

    • mystified says:

      Well said.

    • Happyhat says:

      We can all play this game! As a British person, I have a never-ending list of crap I could write about the French AND the Americans. Even though I’ve only been to France a few times, never been to America, and have only met a handful of French and American people. But let’s not let that stop us!

  46. glaugh says:

    Chelsea is vile for sure but come on. Is she so sheltered? I think this story is bullshit. Marion was probably repulsed by Chelsea personally but didn’t extend those thoughts to all Americans. I mean COME ON! haha

  47. Musey says:

    Chelsea Handler IS gross, so no disagreement there, but I somehow doubt that Marion Cotillard, the spokeswoman for “Forehead Tittaes,” was really clutching her fancy French pearls so hard that she’s now repulsed by every single woman in America.

  48. ThunderGoddess says:

    Regardless of what French people think about American women (although any generalization about cultures and peoples is wrong!), Marion Cotillard has been around American women for ages….. So the assumption that she believes that the entire female American population is vulgar and coarse due to CH is very preposterous and…probably totally fabricated by the gossip magazine.

    If she said that only about CH (which I think that’s what she did, she always came off as a quiet and smart woman in interviews), she is damn right and she earned one milion points on this one!!!!
    I’ve no idea how such a silly, immature, vulgar woman could ever been given a TV show…..

  49. Moe says:

    I think, the American concept of “Celebrity Roasts” are what’s vulgar … and usually not funny and cringe worthy..

  50. Addison says:

    “A woman of her stature”? What? I love Reese but it’s not like she is a Supreme Court Justice or some scientist that made an awesome discovery. She’s an actress. I call baloney on the whole story.

  51. Drea says:

    Well….ordinarily, I’d brush this off as tabloid B.S.

    But Marion is certainly not known for her ability to make logical & rational assessments (she’s a 9/11 truther and a moon landing conspiracist), so I can’t say it would surprise me if she had made such a silly statement.

    • Dinah says:

      Oh, my. I didn’t know that. Now I feel even better about my comment.

    • lunchcoma says:

      What the hell? 9/11 truthers are ridiculous and should be mocked, but a moon landing conspiracist? There are people who actually believe in that beyond a handful of professional crackpots?

  52. emipie says:

    I love Celebitchy but really it’s coarse.

  53. MegG says:

    Almost evwrubody seems to hate Chelsea Handler, so why is this woman still around?!

  54. Dinah says:

    If this is a quote that is actually directly attributable to Marion Cotillard, then she is guilty of stereotyping, and showing a limited knowledge of a culture, nothing else. End of story.

    I am no Chelsea apologist; I personally do not find her funny in the least, but there is a niche for someone with her particular schtick in Hollywood- she is the sarcastic, dry comedienne who would be an exceptional guest at a celebrity ‘roast’. As a host, she leaves much to be desired, in my view.

    I am always disappointed by someone who openly and publicly condemns a wide swath of people without proper justification or evidence, in this case denouncing an entire gender of a country. It certainly does not demonstrate intelligence, but rather a grand bias. Then again, perhaps she was misquoted.

  55. Emily says:

    Maybe she just doesn’t like Chelsea Handler. I know I sure don’t. She is the most overrated, unfunny person on television and clearly only got a television show because she is or was the longtime girlfriend of an executive at E! Network.

    I’m an American woman and I agree with her. Who do we have representing us? Kim kardashian with her ass looking like she has on a diaper at all times but can’t seem to keep her clothes on? Angelina Jolie who once walked around with her husbands blood in a vial around her neck? The list goes on.

    France probably isn’t much better, maybe it’s worse who knows. But the American women that achieve worldwide celebrity are generally a hot mess. Including Chelsea Handler.

  56. Torisan says:

    Is Marion Cotillard so ignorant and uneducated, that she does not understand that the U.S.A. is made up of many different cultural groups, different races and ethnic groups, and many various nationalities? Many American citizens were not even born or raised in the USA. They come from all over the globe!

    • paranormalgirl says:

      I have dual citizenship and was not born or raised in the US. I have lived here for around 20 years, though.

  57. jwoolman says:

    Come on. Chelsea’s job is to be vulgar and mocking. That’s why she was hired as a presenter. Nobody signing her paycheck was either appalled or surprised. She did exactly what was expected of her.

  58. Torisan says:

    Sadly, it is just currently the “hip” thing to hate on Americans. But its getting really old.

    • Jo 'Mama' Besser says:

      I’m not even American and I agree with you. Sometimes, because it’s so powerful and rich it can get overwhelming for the rest of us, but that’s been the case of the superpower since time immemorial. I don’t think MC is dumb enough to have said that given her occupation, but a lot of people hold on to that ignorant view–as if there’s only one ‘kind’ of American, or that we, as non-Americans think we’re capable of or entitled to writing off an entire nation and that’s pretty offensive stuff. And it isn’t my place either to make generalizations if I disagree with specific things. Sacrosanct? No. It’s that even though I’m not going to pretend that there aren’t things that baffle me ((fahrenheit–wha?) I’m not going to armchair diagnose an entire nation when I don’t fully know what I’m talking about. I can despise the Tea Party (how are you going to tell me that Obama was born in Kenya when he was born two years before it was even a country), but I’m smart to know that that doesn’t mean that I do, or should despise America–that’s just stupid.

  59. Em' says:

    I usually dislike Marion Cotillard. I don’t think she’s that a good actress and she annoys the hell out of me whenever she talks, but I call BS on this story and not only because it comes from Star

    If you consider the people she hangs out with : Dujardin, Lelouche, Lafite & co, I’m pretty much sure she’s used to gross jokes. I think she couldn’t give a sh.. about whether or not Reese was mocked by her comedian pal.
    Same things happen during award shows in France by the way