Joan Rivers was proudly unapologetic to the end

09.04.14 3 years ago

Associated Press

Joan Rivers was proudly unapologetic to the end
Joan always went there, whether cracking a Holocaust joke or calling Lena Dunham fat. As Hank Stuever notes, “She mouthed off long enough to arrive at one final and strange place in our common culture, in which people are constantly apologizing for what others deem to be inappropriate quips, jokes, tweets, updates, memes, Instagram captions, leaked e-mails – all the many ways we find to fail at our attempts at her kind of humor … Her sense of humor and her belief only in being funny made her part of a dying tribe, the last remaining people who honestly believe that if you can”t take a joke, you are welcome to go (bleep) yourself. Her descendants include not only the Kathy Griffins and Sarah Silvermans of the comedy world, but also the only person you really want to talk to at a party, the one with the unhinged mouth.”
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