March 4th, 2014
03:33 PM ET
Chelsea Handler has been accused of tweeting racist comments during the Oscars, but the late night TV personality says it's all just a misunderstanding.
On Sunday, she took over The Huffington Post's Twitter account to chime in on the awards show, but some of her witticisms hit a sour note.
With "12 Years A Slave" winning three Oscars at the awards show, Handler saw it as an opportunity to promote her new book of travel essays, "Uganda Be Kidding Me."
“Congratulations #12yearsaslave Go to Africa or buy #ugandabekiddingme," she tweeted with an Amazon link to the book's page along with the hashtag, #aheadofthecurve.
That missive, along with her comments about best supporting actress winner Lupita Nyong'o ...
... left Handler in the middle of a firestorm.
On "Good Morning America" Tuesday, Handler acknowledged the criticism but said it was unfounded.
"People are mad at me all the time," Handler said. "If I was worried about that then I would be spending a lot of time online. I'd rather be a little bit more productive."
And more to the point, "I'm not racist," Handler said. "I date a lot of black people so that would be a difficult thing to explain to them."
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