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?

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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?

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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.

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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.”

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What do you think?

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Suicide in Hollywood: A Sad Trend of Tragedy

In the wake of legendary comic, Robin Williams’ untimely passing, I found myself wondering about suicide and its relevance in Hollywood. Mulling through dim-witted and enlightening comments alike on pop culture websites the past few days, I have solidified my opinion that depression is a real thing. That may seem like it goes without saying, but there are people in this world who believe it to be a superficial feeling; depression cannot affect the wealthy because money makes happiness. While Robin Williams is the most recent example as to why those people are wrong, Hollywood has long dealt in its share of celebrity suicides.

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Kurt Cobain Front man for the band Nirvana. Self-inflicted gunshot wound to head

Marilyn Monroe Actress. Accidental suicide due to overdose of barbiturates

*Looking for a good read? “The Assassination of Marilyn Monroe” by Donald H. Wolfe insists her death was meticulously planned by the Kennedy Family.

Don Cornelius Creator & host of Soul Train. Self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head

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Alexander McQueen World-renowned fashion designer. Consumed almost lethal levels of cocaine and alcohol, slit his wrists then hanged himself.

Phillip Seymour Hoffman American Actor. Overdose of intravenous cocaine and heroin mixture. Many consider this to have been an accident over suicide

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Freddie Prinze Actor & stand-up comedian. Self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head

Dana Plato Actress who played Kimberly on hit television show “Diff’rent Strokes.” Overdosed on painkillers

Brad Delp Lead singer & guitarist of rock band Boston. Carbon monoxide poisoning

Tony Scott Director of “Top Gun.” Jumped from bridge into Los Angeles Harbor, drowned

Chris Benoit WWE Wrestler Superstar. Hanged himself but not before strangling his wife and suffocating his 7-month old to death.

Gia Allemand Bachelor contestant and model. Hanged herself

Jovan Belcher Kansas City Chiefs linebacker. Self-infliced gunshot wound

L’Wren Scott Model, American Fashion Designer, and longtime girlfriend to Rolling Stones’ frontman Mick Jagger. Hanged herself

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Depression is an illness. I lost an uncle to suicide, and unfortunately, so have countless others. If you are depressed, it is OKAY to seek help. It affects no one race, gender, or targets the poor or wealthy alone. Keep an open mind to the struggles of others and refrain from calling those who have left us “cowards” and “selfish.”

Rest in peace to Robin Williams, a true comedic genius. I will always hold a special place in my heart for Jumanji.

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