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Joan Rivers – ‘Fat’ Jokes Aimed at Adele

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Joan Rivers is famous for speaking her mind and she has definitely been doing just that lately – the 79 year-old television star has been making lots of weight-related jokes, all aimed at talented singer Adele – here are a few from this past week:

After Adele won an Oscar:

“You could easily pick Adele’s Oscar statuette out of a lineup. It was the only one wearing Spanx. What’s her song? ‘Rolling in the Deep?’ She should add fried chicken.”

In reference to Adele’s 2011 throat surgery:

“My throat, my throat! I don’t know if I can swallow. I said, ‘Oh yeah, you can swallow.’

On Adele giving birth:

“Congratulations to Adele on the birth of her 68-pound, 8-ounce bouncing baby boy.”

What do you all think of Joan’s jokes? Tasteless or acceptable?

 

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Debbs
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Debbs

I’ve never been able to listen to Joan Rivers. Whenever I have seen her speak, I am just in awe of her plastic face. Looks like I wasn’t missing much anyway.

Zumrut
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Adele should make “jokes” on her plastic face.

Mayra
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Mayra

I don’t agree – Adele has a great talent and more important things to do

ashley
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ashley

agree with you she should come back with something

Catherin-o
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Catherin-o

Joan is an old bully. Clearly she is insecure by the plastic surgery she’s had and the amount time she spends bashing other people down.

Jessica M
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Jessica M

The 79-year-old is a horrible person, which, for me, automatically affects how I percieve her physical appearance. Not to mention all that gunk she injects in her face.

I’m not even a fan of Adele.

Jessica M
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Jessica M

Whoops, clicked on the wrong “Reply” button; it was meant for Linch. Sorry.

Linch
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Linch

She’s not horrible, she just says what millions of others are afraid to say. Jokes over Adele are taboo (strange why?) And her method works, she is already 60 years in show business. She just legend.

serena
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serena

Haha stop acting like Joan is some unappreciated genius – I’ve heard children make better jokes. No one is afraid to say Adele is overweight, but Joan’s jokes are not funny. You would think after 60 yrs in the business she would have something witty to say. Compare her to someone like George Carlin who was funny and has insightful witty comments to make. In comparison Joan may as well tell knock-knock jokes.

Jessica M
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Jessica M

Exactly!

Linch
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Linch

Everybody knows, but Karl once said that out loud, and then he was almost torn to pieces by mass media.

Valeria
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Valeria

Joan’s brand of humour is not my thing, but I do think that there is something to be said for her career and longevity as others have already pointed out. I also think that she is highly respected in comedic circles, particularly by female comedians. Joan helped to pave the way.

And her poking at Adele may not be nice. But since when are comedians known for being nice in their routines.

Jessica M
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Jessica M

She has very dubious political beliefs and her mean jokes aren’t executed well.
She is a silly person, and not in a good way.

That is why she is awful.

artemis
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artemis

ain’t it simple? because a lot of people LOVE being mean and making uncalled for mean jokes…and listening to mean jokes

tellmewhatyouwant
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tellmewhatyouwant

well that’s because she’s a classic case of substance over image. people don’t really care about her weight and when they hear any kind of criticism they pounce on the culprit like a group of hungry dogs

Hermando
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Hermando

If I imagine Joan Rivers in an old people’s home, losing her mind, abusing all the residents and nurses around her !!!! Only then ‘in that kind of context’ would I find her comments (not jokes) funny because then I would be laughing at a embittered lunatic!!!!!

lola
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lola

joan looks like kris kardashian.

Jessica M
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Jessica M

Adele IS overweight, yes, but she is still better looking than rubber-faced Joan, who doesn’t have an ounce of the talent Adele has.

Anyway, Adele probably would be healthier if she lost a few pounds. That should be her only motivation though! But it’s not like she’s a diabetic or suffering from heart failure. Either way, Joan’s a b*tch.

Linch
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Linch

How can you compare the appearance of 79 year-old woman and a 24 year old girl? This is a joke? As for Adele’s talent, well she’s just a singer, not bad, but not great.

Annee
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Annee

Well of course you can compare the two… Since Joan is making nasty comments about Adele!!!
She should first look at herself and realise that she has no right to speak or judge someone else based on appearance, since she looks like a drag queen.

And Adele’s Talent? COMEON!!! Ever heard her sing live? It’s incredible. At the oscars I found her performance most striking. Even better than Jennifer Hudsons.

Linch
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Linch

Well, if you have a bad sense of humor and lack of logical thinking, then perhaps they can be compared …. And Adele just not bad singer, her producers just did the trick.

Jessica M
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Jessica M

I usually LOVE bad taste and mean humour (hence my avatar) but Joan doesn’t do it properly.

Logically:

Nicely carried extra weight > Silicone face

The “>” means more attractive.

Annee
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Annee

OK! Since you sound very logical and sensible yourself, I’ll stop replying to your comments. ( sarcasm)

Annee
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Annee

Great comment Jessica M ! 🙂

Jessica M
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Jessica M

Thank you, Annee xD

Linch
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Linch

79 old with any silicone vs 24 old with any extra weight = incomparable…

Jessica M
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Jessica M

General attractiveness, not relative attractiveness.

Jessica M
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Jessica M

On the flipside:

Tasteful plastic surgery > unnatural uncomfortable extra weight.

Sofia Loren and Raquel Welch are two very lovely examples.

Linch
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Linch

General?) You mean men vs women, children vs adults, right?) All attractiveness are relative.

Jessica M
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Jessica M

General as in whether I want to shield my eyes or not.

Tastes vary from individual to individual, but there is “universal” attractiveness.

Linch
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Linch

People in ancient China considered beautiful broken, disfigured feet, black people for long time were considered not only not enough beautiful, they were considered as not enough human, and you’re talking about some universal attractiveness!?) Nothing universal can not be based on the subjective judgment.

Jessica M
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Jessica M

Point taken. Like I said, tastes differ.

My point is that, in this day and age, where people are exposed to all kinds of aesthetic, the majority of people will agree upon a certain type of beauty.

I would be very surprised if someone considered Joan Rivers to be beautiful, physical or otherwise.

I suggest you Wikipedia “physical attractiveness” either way.

Linch
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Linch
This is called public opinion, but in fact it is not public, it is just opinion of the majority. This means that there are some people who think differently, but just a small part. For example gerontophile prefer Joan, not Adele. But it’s not the main point. Certainly there is no universal beauty, like there is no universal knowledge. Therefore, we divide all the concepts into categories and compare within categories and age is one of the most important categories. There is a theory that current standards of beauty, that based on a cult of thinness are caused not by… Read more »
Doctorpurple
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Doctorpurple

I think she is considered as a great singer after she has won all of those prestigious awards.

maia
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maia

Joan is a ‘has been’ whereby Adele is up and coming, new and fresh 🙂
Joan is ‘American’ ~ that says it all!!

Hazal
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Hazal

Very creative “jokes”. That’s 3rd graders level.

Chloe
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Chloe

I agree. Picking on Adele is kind of like low-hanging fruit. It’s not like Adele’s walking around oblivious or delusional and unaware of her size…at Joan’s level I would think she’d be beyond the equivalent of tease the fat kid on the playground jokes. Comedians are going to be cruel but at least put some thought into it. Maybe next time she can crack some 90s yo mama jokes cause that’s not oh so played out….

Hazal
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Hazal

That’s exactly what I’ve meant! Thanks for this comment Chloe.

Pixie
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Pixie

Her opinion isn’t important. Adele is a talented singer, and a beautiful woman. Joan is a joke herself.

Shiv
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Shiv
Sorry what is Joan Rivers famous for? I mean apart from her horrifyingly plastic/butchered face? This woman is vile, I mean sometimes I find her funny but the bulk of her jokes are made at the expense of someone else, usually in the public eye. We live in such a nasty world, one where certain people think it’s okay to humiliate and crucify overweight people. Last time I checked Joan, Adele was doing a lot better than you and at least she earned fame from her incredible talent. Looks only get yourself so far in life, then people realize you’re… Read more »
happygolucky
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happygolucky

Joan was a ground-breaking, pioneering woman commedian who used to be truly shocking and funny, and she has had some tragedy in her life (husband suicide) but her time is up. At this point, she is a freakish parasite, making her living off of other people’s talent whilst appealing to the lowest common denominator.

Carly
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Carly

She also pioneered the question “Who are you wearing?” on the red carpet.

I really don’t appreciate when people comment on other people’s appearances in a public way that’s hurtful like on a TV show. Sure we all do it on this website but I seriously doubt anyone reads it. Joan however is newsworthy for some reason still.

Casey
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Casey

Oh for God’s sake, Joan River. What about your plastic face?

Adele is fat. She knows it. We know it. You’re not clever/funny/witty for pointing it out.

The first two “jokes” were just rude, but the last one is REALLY uncalled for. What a disgusting human being, and yes, I’m talking about you, Joan River, because being a horrible person is a lot worse of a thing to be than to be overweight.

Natalia
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Natalia

How disgusting to have made a whole lifetime and career and money out of making people the brunt of cruel jokes. However, I think that is how she got famous early on, and it was become her niche, and she stuck w/ it to gain popularity and money. Still, what a low classless way to make a living

misscheeks
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misscheeks

Agreed Natalia. It’s her schtick and she’s stuck with it. No-one is safe from her “jokes” not even Joan herself- she’s been known to mock herself too all the time.

Erica
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This is a great response to this from Australian comedian Adam Hills: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hUsDWRgLKEM

Yes, Adele is fat – but does being fat make it okay for people to call you names, make fun of you and belittle your achievements? No. Joan Rivers is a mean-spirited b*tch – she’s nasty about everyone and gets paid a lot for it. I hate that.

misscheeks
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misscheeks

Agreed Erica! I mean I do enjoy Joan’s comments and jokes *sometimes* but this is just taking it too far. It’s one thing to be comedic but she is being clearly mean-spirited and that’s just not cool at all. 🙁

MerryHappy
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MerryHappy

That was awesome.
‘YOU’RE BEING A D!CK.’

Annee
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Annee

Haha this was – one word- AWESOME!!! 🙂

solaxia
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solaxia

I can’t watch it at the moment, but I can imagine it would be awesome! I can’t wait to watch it – I think Adam Hill is such a cool person!

Blah to Joan. She doesn’t even warrant a response because she just seems like a lady dog. Plus, they are just rude comments and don’t even warrant a thought because they are not true. Yes, I know Adele is overweight…however I mean that cruel comments just don’t match with Adele so it’s almost like…meh, what is this lady even rambling to herself about.

Ale
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what a loser

serena
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serena

Vile woman who resembles a vulture. Also sounds like jokes a teenage boy would make.

kateuk
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kateuk

Classy remarks… Does this woman have no shame?

amber
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amber

Are these even her comments? Every time I’ve seen her speak she is so scripted, it’s obvious someone is crafting “jokes” for her, interspersing self deprecating comments so she appears good natured instead of cruel. Doesn’t work. If she is a “fashion expert” she should stick with mocking people’s clothes, not their families, physiques, or life choices.

Cal
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I can’t believe the people on this site, who constantly criticize just about everyone are getting angry. Joan is a comedian and nothing she says is meant to be hurtful. People call joan old, hag, ugly and they actually want to be hurtful. Joan has made fun of herself more than anyone. It hilarious and truly hypocritical to see commentators who I know have insulted women for the way they look getting on Joan, who is just being funny. People are calling her a has been and talentless, but she’s been in show business for 60 years and is still… Read more »
Annee
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Annee
How can you say Joan is caring, and a non-mean-spirited b— when she goes on national television and openly mocks a singer who is known for her great voice, to ONLY point out her weight! How is that funny, giving or caring?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And how can you compare us, commenters on this site, with Joan? We don’t go on national television, we only express our own personal opinions or preferences on bodytypes, models, celebrities etc. We are open for discussion and sure, sometimes there are some nasty comments, but that doesn’t mean we are all vile! I agree that Joan jokes… Read more »
Linch
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Linch

Here, 90% of comments are worse than Joan because, we know she is only joking, and they are not joking, they are judging)

Annee
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Annee

Well, maybe you’re right. Maybe i don’t get her sense of humor.
But let me tell you this. I’m not easily offended and I like to nuance things and see things from different perspectives. But after seeing her on Letterman I felt angry! Because they didn’t seem as jokes. It didn’t feel like they were intended as jokes. Also Letterman just sat there being ackward, not knowing how to reply. With a smurk on his face. But maybe that’s only my take on it.

So maybe, maybe you’re right and I’m the insensitive one here..

Linch
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Linch
I think Adele is just ordinary singer. I’m not a fan of her and do not understand the hype around her. And I do not think that she is fat) I know hundreds of women same weight as hers, yes they are not skinny, but they are not fat, they are ordinary. Yes, maybe they are a bit overweight, but not fat at all. So I do not understand such an aggressive reaction to jokes about Adele’s weight. I do not see the problem, so I do not see cruelty in these jokes. But the one who sees, he sees… Read more »
Megan
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Megan

I think people that can’t take jokes must have fragile self-esteems. Joke about the obvious & bam, they get viciously defensive. Not a normal reaction.

Liz
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I think it’s just vile to make fun of Adele for her weight. She’s a singer (a pretty awesome one) not a model!…so her weight is her business and no one else’s, it has nothing to do with her work and she shouldn’t be critiziced for it. At least she has talent, she’s not a plastic bimbo who’s only famous for her looks, so why the hell would this woman feel like she has the right to comment on her weight while she’s had so many surgeries her face looks like a halloween mask. And what annoys me the most… Read more »
vosoo
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vosoo

all we can say is that Adele is a bit overweight, THAT’S IT. we can NOT say wether she is healthy or not, so stop saying that! she can be healthier than most of the skinny girls. this is one of the things people are just too stupid to understand, skinny doesn’t mean healthy and overweight does not mean unhealthy. GET IT RIGHT.
and Joan, shut up, you plastic face.

nessa
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nessa

I know her comments are pretty bad, but its not the worst thing she ever said about a celebrity; actually those comments are pretty nice compared to what she has said about paris hilton, the glee chick, ect.. I think she is funny but of course its offensive its joan rivers.. what do you expect. and I don’t think anyone should be surprised at what she says anymore.

btw.. I think that julliana chick overrated. I think she is popular because she is on a show with joan. She’s too skinny and she’s not pretty.

Winnie
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Winnie

the only really i didn’t flinch at her comments is because Joan makes fun of everyone. no one is safe from her brand of “humour”, skinny or not. so i don’t think it’s fair to get outraged that she’s making fun of Adele being fat vs. i dunno–Rihanna being beat up by Chris Brown, for example. i must say that these jokes aren’t even funny though. she’s usually better than this.

Winnie
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Winnie

*only reason

binks
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binks

Agreed! I don’t get the outrage here as mention this is Joan’s brand of comedy and everybody is fair game to her. People don’t get this offended when she calls out other celebs and say a LOT worse than she said here. But I think because Adele is overweight people are offended because overweight people usually bare the burden of criticism when it comes to body ridicule. But these jokes are just terrible!

lc
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Wow, that was tasteless and uncalled for. At least Adele can sing, what’s Joan’s talent?

Candy
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Candy
I usually agree with you LC but I have to question your last statement which is ridiculous. Joan is a writer, comedian, and actress who has had success in this business for 60 years, I can hardly think of anyone else with such a long career as her and cher. She was a groundbreaking comedian when women were expected to be proper and not say controversial things. She’s done so many things and is truly pioneering, a legend if you will. These jokes aren’t particularly funny but most the time she’s just a brilliant comedian and sharp as a knife.… Read more »
lc
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Well, I admit I don’t know much about Joan or her life. All I know is the basics, that she is famous for making vindictive jokes about random innocent bystanders lol. Which, to, me, is not as much of a talent as Adele’s earth-shattering pipes. But I didn’t know Joan was such an activist, that’s good news I guess!

Katie
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Katie

As if Adele gives a flying f*ck about what Joan Rivers thinks of her.

JaneParker
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JaneParker

It’s the pot calling the kettle black. After all her plastic surgery she should really think twice before trowing these jokes around. But I guess she’s an equal opportunity offender. I’ve read some of her past comments that were spot on, others were just unnecessaryly mean.

Sidney
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Sidney

She’s known for her mean jokes, she can be pretty cut-throat, but it’s a fine line between funny and just mean and stupid. The jokes aimed at Adele, i think they were unimaginative and hateful. Made it seem like she really hates her and all the overweight people out there, rather than poking fun at people’s imperfections.

Mo
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Joan is awesome!

I used to think she was a horrible old hag, but if you haven’t seen her shows (comedy shows, not Fashion Police) you really can’t hate on her. She takes the piss all the time and jokes about everything from her family, plastic surgery, age etc…. Nothing is off bounds, even when she’s making fun of herself.

Yeah, making fun of someone’s weight is a cheap shot, but it’s frikkin Joan Rivers! Coming from another celebrity it would be blasphemous, but cumaaaaan! Joan Rivers!

neutra
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neutra

I adore Joan too!

D
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Haha, it isnt surprising at all coming from Joan – that is her thing… what has made her who she is. She makes fun of literally everything/one, so I wouldnt take it personal… she says what she says for the reaction.

Megan
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Megan

The jester was the only person allowed to make fun of the king. Let comediennes make jokes.

I thought the last one was funny.

Jenn
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Jenn

I actually just finally saw an episode of “Fashion Police” a few weeks ago, and I cringed every time Joan talked.

The whole show is awful actually – the way the other hosts react to Joan’s not-funny jokes annoyed me as much as Joan’s not-funny jokes. I turned off the show before the episode was even over.

Think it’s time for Joan Rivers to retire and stop making us look at her ugly mask face and listen to her horribly bad jokes.

christina
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christina

Holy s—! What a disgusting bunch of statements to make about another woman. That makes me so flippin angry. Why would anyone want to be that hurtful?

lol
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Oh please, if she was making these comments about some skinny celeb, everyone would be cheering her on.

Candy
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Candy
Or if she made them about Kim K or somebody people don’t like. I read posts on this site and almost every single post with alessandra ambrosio has dozens of comments calling her a boy or a stick or gross. On the other side I remember a post with alicia keys and her legs and people were brutal. In fact the comments on this very page show how mean the commentators on this site really are. Joan was making a joke and people really don’t seem to understand that, these people are being intentionally hurtful . The most used phrase… Read more »
serena
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serena

Being unintentionally hurtful can be just as harmful as being intentionally hurtful. Though that applies more to bullying everyday people than celebrities who are used to being discussed by millions. I agree some of the comments on this site are too harsh, models like Karolina are called skin-and-bones, and plump girls like Demi Lovato are called a marine mammal whose name I can’t type (it’s moderated from being used as an insult so often).

Winnie
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Winnie

spot on with the Kim K comparison. people are just butthurt over these comments because a) Adele is generally well-liked here and b) she’s clearly overweight. i have a feeling if her words were mocking Kelly Brook’s b❆❆bs or something, they would be much more well-received by the very same people who are condemning her comments about Adele.

lc
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Probably true. People were giving Karolina Kurkova a verbal beating last time she was featured here. I saw no sympathy, just lots of mean and unnecessary comments.

annemarie
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annemarie

That’s true. And there were comments much more vile and mean than Joan’s jokes.

Jen
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The difference is that Karolina Kurkova will likely never see the mean comments on this site. Joan Rivers making comments about Adele in the media is like you or I going on Facebook and making mean comments about someone we know.

ashley
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ashley

Bringing other people down and hurting there feelings isnt funny saying something negative about someone is not funny especially when she has way more talent and is way more prettie without a million dollars worth of sugery on her face!

ashley
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ashley

Altho i do like her and shes funny most of the time BUT i really dont like this joke

KC
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Go ahead and make jokes, but if you do, at least make them funny.

Teiku
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Teiku

Who is Joan Rivers? I live in Russia and couldn’t give less crap about what this lady with a plastic face says.

Ash
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Adele is one of the few singers whom I harbour respect for her singing capabilities and talents. She belongs to a rare breed of what I consider as genuine singers. The girl’s talent is immense. She touches ppl with her voice and not looks. Throwing the ‘fat’ jibes at her is unnecessaary. She still a pretty woman with good facial features despite being a big boned.

Ccinah
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Ccinah

All I hear is jealousy. That’s messed up and who is Joan rivers anyway? Adele is so talented and those words coming from an older woman is just plain wrong and immature.

stephc
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stephc

Joan Rivers makes fun of everyone; Adele, Lindsay Lohan, Taylor Swift, herself, Miley Cyrus, Beyonce etc. Obviously, there is no intention other than to make a joke. Everyone here that is so riled up would not be like this if she was making fun of how thin the VS models were. Calm down people.

annemarie
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annemarie

Joan is paid to make those jokes, and she makes fun of everyone regardless of their size.

Leaf
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Leaf

One can be paid to make fun of everyone, but can still manage to avoid bulling people regarding their weight and stuff. If she can’t find anything better to say than that she should consider switching to another job . Plastic Surgery Consultant maybe? Cheap.

hanna
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hanna

Why are some female comedians so meanspirited AND unfunny? Joan rivers, kathy griffin, chelsea handler..

artemis
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artemis

and un…attractive

Jen
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Adele is one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen.

jessica_rabbit
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jessica_rabbit

i somehow dont think adele gives a ff— what the hag said..

La la la la
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La la la la
to me, there’s a big difference between picking apart the looks of someone who’s made their career on their looks and picking apart the look of someone who’s made their career on something else like adele has. adele is infinitely more deep/interesting/accomplished than her red carpet dress or her weight. if a model gets fat, or a no-talent actress looks awful on the red carpet, well her looks are what she’s all about so i’m alright with a bit more superficial criticism towards her. joan was over the line making fun of adele’s BABY being fat, i know she meant… Read more »
char
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char

tasteless

Sarah
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Sarah

Yeah, I’d rather be overweight than have that disgusting fake-looking face.

realno!
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realno!

I’m not Adele fan, but Joan should first take a look at herself and then tell something to other people.

truwordz
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truwordz

I don’t know why people feel the need to point out the fact shes fat . we can already see that.
I know its Rivers job to make people laugh, but as a fully grown adult, she has a responsibility to younger people [ especially girls] to not make jokes that make people feel like s—. because really, that’s not funny. It’s just destructive .

tee
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she is just a miserable plastic fake old woman, does she ever stop!!!

LL
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Hahahahaaa I love Joan. She’s hilarious, no matter how inappropriate she can be….

Tia
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I dont get why being fat is always seen as being unattractive. I am not even bringing Adele’s talents into the picture here. My point is why cant someone be beautiful and fat? Adele has a very pretty face. I admit she is over weight but that does not take away the fact that she is has classically beautiful features.

Katrina Anika
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To me, Joan Rivers is simply one of the many sad, pathetic people who want something that they just cant have- which in this case would be Adeles incredible breathtaking voice. Adele is an incredible woman who has accomplished so many impressive things in her life- she is, and always will be my idol not just for her voice, determination, or the ability to overcome lifes obstacles, but for her warm personality. She is one of the 1% of celebrities that I can honestly say I can relate to, and i can only burst in pure anger as I hear… Read more »
Evie
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Evie

What a beautiful person on the inside!

Hannah
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Hannah

Joan Rivers is tacky and tasteless. I would much rather look like Adele than Joan…One can lose weight but one can’t change a hideous face like she’s obviously tried to!

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