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Joan Rivers doesn't play nice when it comes to comedy. The legendary entertainer is facing backlash for cracking fat jokes about Adele -- even after the singer asked for an apology.
"She's a chubby lady who's very, very rich, and she should just calm down, or lose weight," said Rivers. As for that apology -- related to Adele jokes she made on Late Night with David Letterman after the Oscars -- Rivers claimed that she did apologize.
"I took out an ad on [Adele's] ass," Rivers quipped. "And then I had room for lots of other ads."
It can be hard not to laugh when Rivers cracks jokes. At 79, she has killer comic timing and delights in being inappropriate. She also has a policy to never apologize, which is how situations like this one occur. Facing outrage from Adele and her fans, Rivers took the fat jokes even further. Because that's what she does. She's done it to Oprah Winfrey, she's done it to Rihanna, and she is paid handsomely to do it on E!'s Fashion Police.
So why do people get so much more upset when the target is Adele? It seems to cause less of an uproar when Rivers makes fun of Christina Aguilera's weight. Is it because people feel an especially personal connection to Adele's songs? Or because Adele seems more like a sweet girl-next-door than a haughty diva?
Here's our take: Adele is the rare pop star who has never used her body to sell records. Her beautiful face may have helped her rise to fame, but sex appeal is not a tool in her arsenal. Even her awards-show gowns are modest. Unlike Christina Aguilera with her skin-tight dresses, Adele wants everyone to focus strictly on the songs. ("I don’t make music for eyes, I make music for ears," she once told Rolling Stone.) So picking on her weight seems especially harsh and unnecessary. It's a cheap shot at a classy lady.
If we had our way, Joan Rivers would move onto more worthy targets. Then again, she wouldn't be Joan Rivers if she was worried about offending anyone. And while tons of people out there (including us!) may find some of her jokes unnecessarily cruel, her "mean girl" persona continues to earn her attention -- and ratings.