Actress Joan Rivers dies a month after wishing death to Palestinians

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Joan RiversAmerican comedian Joan Rivers has died in a New York hospital, her daughter Melissa Rivers has confirmed. She was 81.

During her lengthy career, the comedian – famous for her frank style – often came under fire for the comments she made off stage, on everything from fur to the war in Gaza.

About a month ago she made one of her most shocking statements when she said that Palestinians killed in the recent war with Israel deserved to be dead. “When you declare war, you declare war. They started it. We now don’t count who’s dead. You’re dead, you deserve to be dead. Don’t you dare make me feel bad about that,” she told TMZ.

And in July, a long-standing feud between Rivers and Peta re-emerged when the animal rights group arrived unannounced at a promotional event for her new book, and asked her why she chose to wear fur.

At first appeasing demonstrators, Rivers quickly hit back by saying that the furs she had worn “have gotten to go to the opera.” She then added that she agreed with the group, and has four rescue animals. “We all do what we do in our own way,” she said.

Establishing her career by poking fun at celebrities – herself included – even an 81-year-old Rivers pulled no punches.

After The Hunger Games actress Jennifer Lawrence criticised Rivers’ Fashion Police show last year, the 24-year-old became the octegenarian’s chosen target of ridicule. Rivers said of the actress: ““My New Year’s resolution is [ensuring] Jennifer Lawrence grows up and realizes how lucky she is and calms down.”

“I love that she’s telling everyone how wrong it is to worry about retouching and body image, and meanwhile, she has been touched up more than a choir boy at the Vatican,” she said in her characteristically shocking style.

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Born Joan Alexandra Molinsky in Brooklyn, New York in 1933, known by her stage name Joan Rivers, was an American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and television host, best known for her stand-up comedy, for co-hosting the E! celebrity fashion show Fashion Police, and for starring in the reality series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best? alongside her daughter Melissa Rivers.

Rivers first came to prominence in 1965 as a guest on The Tonight Show, a pioneering late-night program with interviews and comedy, hosted by Johnny Carson, whom she acknowledged as her mentor. The show established her particular comic style, poking fun at celebrities, but also at herself, often joking about her extensive plastic surgery. When she launched a rival program, The Late Show, Carson never spoke to her again. She went on to host a successful daytime slot, The Joan Rivers Show, which won her a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host. Her satirical style of humor, however, by focusing on the personal lives of celebrities and public figures, was sometimes criticized. She also authored 12 best-selling memoir and humor books, and provided comic material for stage and television. As an actress, Rivers was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play in 1994 for her performance as Sally Marr in Sally Marr…and her escorts.

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17 responses to “Actress Joan Rivers dies a month after wishing death to Palestinians”

  1. Rivers reportedly regretted making the statement .
    Unfortunately that statement will be the only thing many Palestinians will remember about Joan .
    As they say , never say anything you may regret saying later

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      But her life was about saying things … and she got the huge audience for that.
      Why ‘news-freaks’ zero in on a comedienne in the first place to talk about politics is simply stupid – yet they want an audience too … and they love to zero in on ‘stars’ all the time, don’t they?? ‘Hey George. I hear you bought a shirt.’ (TV image of ‘star’ walking out of store. wow.)
      I mean, really, why don’t they come and ask me??? ;-)))
      (I’d answer: ‘God’ll get you if you keep asking stupid questions.’)

    2. $89733098 Avatar

      The cow didn’t regret making the statement, it regretted the backlash her cold hearted statement generated.

    3. MekensehParty Avatar
      MekensehParty

      I don’t think she cares what Palestinians think of her. She has fans ten times the numbers of the whole Palestinian population.

      1. $89733098 Avatar

        Lets see u back up that claim u just pulled out of ur ass.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          It’s in ‘the news’.

      2. I am shocked you are trying to defend her statement. What she said about the Palestinians was ridiculous, awful, disrespectful about dead children, babies, woman and men, people like you and me,; also specially since she once said her husband lost his entire family in the Holocaust.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          I don’t see where he defended her statement. Or even tried to.
          He made a Fairly simple factual statement – of what he thinks is probable.

          1. MekensehParty Avatar
            MekensehParty

            Thanks 5th.
            Arzatna, I didn’t defend what she said. I understand why she said it. When in show business and getting old and senile fading stars say shocking things to attract cameras. 😉
            I don’t think Palestinians deserve to die – but Hamas will be the first to disagree with me.

    4. 5thDrawer Avatar

      You did note that she said she regretted making that rant at a stupid ‘reporter’.
      I contemplate the event from another angle. With A personal observation.
      (keep it short)(life event)(not making excuses for what she said – which was horrible)
      My Father – age 90 .. calls one day to say he felt funny in the head and couldn’t drive.
      I agreed he shouldn’t in that case … and became his driver.
      We run around to various ‘test’ facilities … they are looking for ‘heart/cardio’ problems.
      His Doctor is an ass, holding onto his cardio theories. A couple months go by. His legs leak water. Dad begins to get more strange … says funny/weird things at times.
      Sometimes totally out of character rants occur. Worrisome. Those closest to him are the only ones noticing. The ‘Med People’ continue testing for brain-blood things.
      The day he swears he can drink from the ‘other side’ of a cup, attempts it, and is angry that I stop him continuing to make a mess trying it, I have to make a decision. Force it.
      Off to ‘emergency’.
      ONE Doctor with eyes, looks at the legs and says ’That’s NOT anything Cardio.’
      In 24 hours with the RIGHT testing and scans, we know he has a fast-growing liver cancer.
      Dad was gone 2 weeks after.

      The legs? Skin takes over the filtering duty of the liver.
      The brain problem?? Chemical problems – like sugars not being handled by the liver.
      For those two weeks they attempt to ‘balance’ him so we can have rational chats.
      And a quiet end.
      We never really know ‘everything’… And ‘we’ are only a brain.

  2. $89733098 Avatar

    There will be plenty who won’t be crying a “river” over the cow.

  3. Death has a heart too.

  4. La-Sadist-Thinker Avatar
    La-Sadist-Thinker

    As a Palestinian, I will answer this question “What is your reflection on Joan Rivers’ death?” and my answer is “We now don’t count who’s dead. You’re dead, you deserve to be dead.”… isn’t this pure divine justice… And I love it when a pure reflection doesn’t bounce back. To all Israelis, every end has its unmistakeable signs, and the signs for your end have been evident more than a decade ago. The only thing is the longer your passing away takes the more painful it is. And the last thing I want is the Israelis enjoying a quick and painless death, nooooooooooooooooo, I want you to last more and more, because I am sooooooooooooooooooooo enjoying this.

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      I knew there would be an audience for this one. It’s so ‘divine’. :-)))

  5. TheUSequalsTheIS Avatar
    TheUSequalsTheIS

    this is what i call irony of fate. may u burn in hell along wid the genociders of palestine bitch

  6. Bozzy Lewis Avatar
    Bozzy Lewis

    Her “off-beat” comments on the 2,000 + Palestinians killed in Israeli air-strikes, many of whom were innocent civilians, women and children, was insensitive and seems to have now come back to bite Joan Rivers’ as some form of karma with her unexpected death at 81 after a routine trip to a clinic for an out-patient procedure on her vocal cords. Some seemingly reliable people are now whispering that one of the technicians in that clinic was a pro-Palestinian sympathizer, and she may have purposely upped the dose of anesthesia that put Joan in cardiac arrest and killed her….. Will we ever really know ?

    1. 5thDrawer Avatar

      The rumour-mill grinds on …..

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