Joan Rivers: Comedienne, Feminist Idol or Bully?

Since the passing of Joan Rivers just yesterday, I have seen a mixed bag of emotions from social media, my friends and television. While the success and longevity of her career as a television host and comedian cannot be contested, it seems that many have much to say on what Rivers will leave behind. So what exactly is her legacy?


Once a Daytime Emmy Award-winner for The Joan Rivers Show, the no-holds-barred television personality has made a significant impact on the way pop-culture related news is delivered. I have to admit that I would be too chicken to call out celebrities’ awful Red Carpet fashions and poor dating decisions… to their faces or on national television. While E!’s Fashion Police was fun and entertaining on a very surface level, it was easy to recognize when Rivers pushed the envelope.

While Time has labeled Joan Rivers “a feminisit idol,” many tend to disagree. Here are a few reasons why:

Top Three Did She Really Say That Comments by Joan Rivers

1. Earlier this year, Rivers touched upon the release of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus, the three women who were chained, raped, and held captive inside sicko Ariel Castro’s house for over 10 years. While the three were recently rescued, the comedian stated that there is absolutely no room for complaints from the former captives because “they got to live rent free for more than a decade.” When she received backlash for the comments, she rebuted with this gem:

“One of them has a book deal. Neither are in a psych ward. They’re ok. I bet you within three years one of them will be on Dancing with the Stars.”

*Does she have a point? What do you think?


2. During an after-party thrown by Elton John in 2013, Rivers commented on German supermodel Heidi Klum’s dress. While meant to be a compliment, many believe it was one of the most awful things to come out of a celebrity’s mouth.

 “The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens.



3. Lena Dunham, star of HBO’s hit show Girls isn’t what many would consider “typical Hollywood” but she’s normal to the rest of us normal folk. When Dunham appeared on the cover of the February 2014 cover of Vogue, Rivers wasn’t having it.

“You’re sending a message out to people saying, ‘It’s OK, stay fat, get diabetes. Everybody die! Lose your fingers.”

Just a day ago, Dunham made a touching response about how she respected the late comedian, but ended with the last laugh.

“…Joan is gone but a piece of her lives on: her nose, because it’s made of polyurethane.”


What do you think?