In a CNN interview on Saturday promoting her new book, Diary of a Mad Diva, Joan Rivers was asked a few times too many about her offensive brand of humor. Anchor Fredricka Whitfield, who admittedly was kind of smug, pressed Rivers about her choice to make cruel jokes on “Fashion Police” and use sensitive topics like Caylee Anthony’s death in her humor. Joan’s attempts to defend herself sort of make sense in the beginning, but she unravels pretty quickly into a, well, mad diva and then, out of nowhere, storms off the set. Awkward. After decades of scrutinizing other people for a living, Joan apparently can’t take a single jab at herself? I’m kind of hoping this was a publicity stunt instead of her actual personality, though that wouldn’t really make the situation any less of a diva move. [Queerty]
Not gonna lie, I was a littttttle nervous when I saw that Laverne Cox from “Orange Is The New Black” was going to be on “Fashion Police” with Joan Rivers. Joan’s comedy — which I sometimes find quite funny, actually — has a tendency to tread into crass, “offensive” territory; it didn’t seem all that unlikely that Joan, in a failed bid to be funny, might make some offensive jokes about Cox being a trans woman. As it turned out, Rivers was perfectly respectful while still being funny, treating Cox just as she would any other guest, asking about her favorite red carpet moments and for the scoop on her dating life. Speaking of, Cox apparently has a thing for Jewish guys. I wonder if she does JDate? Clip above and another after the jump! Keep reading »
Joan Rivers made a not-so-funny “joke” on “The Today Show” yesterday about the three Cleveland women who were kidnapped by deranged creep Ariel Castro and held captive in his home for a decade. When describing how cramped her daughter’s guest room in her home is, Rivers joked that “Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space,” much to the horror and awkward fumbling of her “Today” interviewers.
Word got back to the kidnapping victims Amanda Berry, Gina de Jesus, and Michelle Knight, who were deeply offended. Lawyers for DeJesus and Berry reached out to Rivers in a statement:
Our clients have become aware of Joan Rivers’ unfortunate comparison of living in her daughter’s guest room to their captivity. We understand that Ms. Rivers is a comedienne; however, the idea that a celebrity would say something this hurtful, on national television, no less, is beyond shocking and disappointing. Our clients are strong, private women who have endured unwanted and often painful media attention for quite some time. They now have to endure this, which is a new low, and we believe a sincere apology is warranted.
Rivers, however, feels she has nothing to apologize for. “They got to live rent free for more than a decade. One of them has a book deal. Neither are in a psych ward. They’re okay. I bet you within three years one of them will be on ‘Dancing With The Stars,’” she told TMZ. Damn, Joan. Keep reading »
I generally don’t take Joan Rivers‘ opinion on anything seriously – besides maybe plastic surgery – so I’m not sure that her recent rant about Miley Cyrus will make many waves in Hollywood. However, she clearly felt she needed to lash out at the ‘Wrecking Ball’ singer, who Joan describes as “disgusting”. Read Joan Rivers’ quote on Evil Beet Gossip…
Call me a humorless feminist, but I’ve always thought certain subjects were beyond the realm of comedy: Helen Keller, rape, the Holocaust. But then last week I caught a clip of Joan Rivers’ E! show “Fashion Police.” While critiquing a photo of Heidi Klum wearing this dress, Rivers quipped, “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.” And then something odd happened. I laughed.
I’m Jewish. So is Joan Rivers. Does being in “the club” mean that it’s okay to laugh at jokes about our own people? One of the reasons I don’t think Holocaust jokes are funny is that they poke fun at people who are victims, and it’s much funnier to laugh at the bullies. Did I laugh because Rivers was making fun of a German person in relation to the Holocaust, instead of a Jewish one? Keep reading »