You might have heard about all the trouble Joan Rivers got in this week when she made fat jokes about Adele and a Holocaust joke while talking about Heidi Klum. What did she say about Adele?
“What is her song, ‘Rolling in the Deep’? She should add, ‘Fried Chicken’.”
She also did the “arms way out to the sides and puffing her cheeks out” fat person mime. As for the Holocast, she said (about Klum):
“The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.”
And everyone freaked out. I saw people going crazy cheering for some British guy who went on a rant about her and her plastic surgery. He sent out a big F*** YOU to the old lady for being so mean to Adele. How dare someone joke about her weight! And she got called out for the Holocaust joke by the Anti Defamation League. Her replies?
“People got angry about me calling Adele fat, but she is chubby, come on it’s okay,” Rivers said. “The only book she reads cover to cover is the menu.”
And what did the proudly Jewish comedienne have to say about her German joke? On “Showbiz Tonight” she said:
“It’s a joke, No. 1,” she told host A.J. Hammer. “No. 2, it is about the Holocaust. This is the way I remind people about the Holocaust. I do it through humor…. Your generation doesn’t even know what I’m talking about…. Didn’t bother Heidi, doesn’t bother me.”
When she was asked about offering an apology, she asked back, “For what? Why don’t you worry about Mel Gibson? Why aren’t you worried about the anti-Semites out there, and not pick someone who doesn’t have a single living relative, hmm?”
Joan Rivers’ husband lost most of his family in the Concentration Camps. Who would Joan apologize to? Herself?
Honestly I don’t get what all the fuss is about in this case. Maybe I am missing something but out of all the terrible crap that we as a country were so offended by with the Oscars and their aftermath the one thing I thought was wrong was McFarlane pointing out rape scenes in the boobs song. But I am sure that there are some people that think that was fine but get all bent about something else. There is always going to be someone who is offended by whatever happens. And when you come right down to it, offending someone is not a crime. You might pay a social or economic penalty if you do it, but beyond that there is nothing anyone can do if you want to be mean. So if you want to minimize the impact, try to be funny. You will still make some people mad, but if you are funny enough some people will be extra happy so it might even out.
And finally, please appreciate the fact that Joan called Adele fat on David Letterman. David Letterman has spent the past year and a half making fun of Chris Christie for being fat. There was no outrage there. So I guess the whole thing where it is not the nature of the insult, but the target. Poor Adele will have to sit there among her Grammys and her Oscar and her millions of dollars and decide to not get a personal trainer because she is 24 and rich and if anyone calls her fat all of America and Britain freak out. That’s a good role model for young girls. I bet a 24 year old girl who works at Target and is the same size as Adele and is trying to figure out how to pay for a gym membership and make time to work out really feels better that Adele does nothing and gets defended by all of America and the UK if someone teases her. Don’t believe me? Here’s a quote from Adele herself:
“I’ve got enough money for a personal trainer or nutritionist [but] I’m not going to stop eating the food I like just because I can’t be bothered to exercise … My life is full of drama and I won’t have time to worry about something as petty as what I look like.”
So shut up America and the UK. Leave Joan Rivers alone. Adele is too busy being rich and famous to pry the burger out of her gob and do some exercise so she is not an inspiration to young women who want to get healthier. She is just rich and fat.
And if a Jew wants to make a Holocaust joke she can damn well make one.
Not that Joan gives a crap what any of us think. She really doesn’t. She is 79 and still pissing people off and being funny and works her (probably fake) butt off. And when faced with the standard “I’m sorry if anyone was offended by what I said” apology opportunity she passed. She knew she offended people and didn’t care. So if you don’t like her don’t watch her. That’s your right. But I don’t think she will lose any sleep.