Ms. Rivers passed away on September 4, 2014. Her death has brought about some interesting reactions on the internet. People feel three ways about her. A. They loved her and make no apologies for it. B. They mourn the loss of a whip-smart comedian who forged the path for women in the business, but can't, in good conscience, speak well of someone whose humor was so mean-spirited. C. They have no patience for her. Her comedy was vicious, and her comments about Gaza proved her soul to be vicious as well. Well, all I can say is Oh grow up! I loved her bawdy, brassy, gossipy, self.
Oh, the humanity!I'm not defending insult comedy in general or fat jokes specifically. In fact, we have, fortunately, progressed to the more introspective, social comedy of the Louis CK's and Sarah Silvermans. (Wait...what???)
- "A man will cut your arm off and throw it in a river, but he'll leave you as a human being intact. He won't fuck with who you are. Women are non-violent, but they willshit inside of your heart." Louis CK
"People who call themselves divas...you are not a diva. I'm pretty sure you are a cunt." Sarah Silverman
"Sarah Silverman! Language, please!"Speaking of banned, Joan, who was the only reason to watch The Tonight Show in the 1980's, did something awful to beloved host Johnny Carson. She accepted an offer for her own late-night gig at the fledgling Fox network. So cruel was this attempt at career advancement, so evil was her desire to make it to the top like the big boys, that Johnny never spoke to her again. He banned her from Tonight Show appearances, a legacy carried on by both Jay Leno and Conan O'Brien for over two decades. (FINALLY, Jimmy Fallon broke the covenant and had Joan on not just once, but twice in the short time since he's taken over as host.) When Joan refused to allow Fox to fire her husband as producer of her new show, they fired them both. Shortly after, Edgar committed suicide, leaving Joan a widow with a young daughter. Johnny never called to offer his condolences despite the fact that he had been friends with Joan and Edgar for years. His blackballing of the comic held such sway that she was unable to find work. Now, THAT, my friends, is what I call mean.
|"Booooo! And your jokes during the 80's sucked, Johnny!"|