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Moron Calls Joan Rivers Racist
Okay, so she's no longer white, she's Botoxian, but the lady is no racist. Scott Martelle writes in the LA Times about a discussion of race she had on live London radio:

Rivers, who begins a tour of England on Friday, was a guest on BBC Radio 4's "Midweek" program with Darcus Howe, a Trinidad-born writer and black activist, and two other guests, including author Jackie Collins. Howe is the subject of a new movie, "Son of Mine," about his relationship with his son, who spent half his youth in Trinidad with his white mother.

As Howe talked about the pervasiveness of race in personal relationships, Rivers interrupted to say: "I'm so bored with race."

Howe responded: "You're entitled to be bored by it. I am not."

Rivers went on to say she thought race should be irrelevant, and intermarriage should be common.

"Race doesn't mean a damn thing — it's about people," she said.

After host Libby Purves remarked that Rivers was espousing "an American approach," Howe condemned the U.S. as "the most savagely racial places in the world."

After a back-and-forth over the nature of hatred, and a discussion of the film about Howe, the discussion turned angry when Howe tweaked Rivers, referring to "Caribbean children, since black offends Joan."

Rivers exploded.

"How dare you say that! You know nothing about me," Rivers said.

Howe revised his comment to say, "the use of the term black offends you."

"Where the hell are you coming from? You have got such a chip on your shoulder," Rivers said. "Don't you dare call me a racist! I want an apology from you."

As Purves tried to mollify Rivers, saying she didn't think Howe was making a personal comment about the comedian, Rivers became increasingly angry.

"This is a problem in your stupid head," Rivers told Howe, and then accused him of abandoning his responsibilities as a father. "Where were you when he was growing up?"

You go, Joan!

Posted by aalkon at October 21, 2005 8:43 AM

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Joan has paid a buncha dues as a comedienne, and obviously that nitwit doesn't know the kind of people performers routinely encounter - much less grasp the idea that to stay in the business, comedy writers and performers have to know an awful lot about people.

That said, the bulk of racists in the Augusta, GA area are black. They blame whites for everything, including the failure of government and schools which are run by black people. It's a disease, and there is no cure.

Posted by: Radwaste at October 21, 2005 5:06 AM

Favorite Joan Rivers joke: "My mother always told me, 'Why can't you be more like your cousin Sheila? Why can't you be more like your cousin Sheila?' Cousin Sheila died at birth!"

Posted by: Patrick at October 21, 2005 7:44 AM

I really can't let your comment go: You wrote of the Augusta, GA black folk: "They blame whites for everything, including the failure of government and schools which are run by black people. It's a disease, and there is no cure."

Joan Rivers, in her brilliant eruption on the BBC yesterday, was making the OPPOSITE point, i.e. don't flame people because of their color.

Quite frankly, her response to you would probably be the same as the one she spat out to the guy during the radio interview: "Son of a bitch".

And, no, she didn't mean it admiringly.

Posted by: Jody Tresidder at October 21, 2005 8:00 AM

Jody - in direct opposition to the comment directed at Joan Rivers, mine has the actual, daily backing of the activities of Richmond County, Georgia.

Reality is frequently unpleasant. Political correctness doesn't change that at all.

Posted by: Radwaste at October 21, 2005 2:59 PM

My favourite Joan Rivers joke:

"People ask me how I managed to get pregnant, being married to an Englishman, y'know *wink*.
The answer is I waited till he was doing push-ups and just kind of slipped in under"

Posted by: Stu "El Inglés" Harris at October 22, 2005 8:37 AM

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