Look! Another fancy-pants entertainer has said something overseas that's outrageous and insulting to all Americans! This one had the nerve to insult 9/11 widows! We have to do something about these sick celebrities! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT!
...Whoops -- sorry. This one's a Republican. So I guess it's OK.
Comedian Joan Rivers, no stranger to controversy, has stunned British audiences by mocking the relatives of firefighters killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks.
In her new stand-up show, Broke And Alone In London, British audiences were shocked to hear Rivers making fun of widows, whose firefighting husbands were killed in the attacks on New York. An audience member says, "She said that they got paid $5 million each, and how disappointed they'd be if they were told, after all, that their husbands had been found alive."
Despite the controversy, Rivers' spokesman says she plans to continue to use the line when she takes her show to America....
(Oldsters like me will remember Joan as a suck-up to the Reagans and then a boilerplate Clinton hater. Those seeking proof of her politics can see this interview from The Women's Quarterly, a publication of the Independent Women's Forum:
TWQ: You live in a world of celebrities where it's simply taken for granted that everybody is a staunch Democrat. Yet, you are working for Steve Forbes. What are your politics? RIVERS: As the saying goes, the first half of your life if you're not a Democrat, it's wrong because you should be an idealist, and the second half of your life, if you are a Democrat, it's wrong because you should use your head. If you've worked hard enough to acquire something, you don't want the bastards to take it from you. So, I am very much a conservative. I believe in order and law. I believe in people working and getting to keep something for their hard work. I believe that no one should automatically feel that this country "owes" them something. People in our business are such bleeding hearts. It's ironic because they worked hard to get where they are. I think it's all about feeling guilty over their success.
The Tabloid Column link is courtesy of Jeff at the disturbingly link-free Anti-Antiphrasist.)