Comedian Joan Rivers has been receiving criticism for insensitivity over a Whitney Houston joke she wrote in her new book. Rivers, 78, is releasing the book, “I Hate Everyone… Starting With Me” on June 5th.
The excerpts were posted by Michael Musto of the Village Voice, and that has the social networks talking. One section in which the comedian talks about places she has traveled around too. But she had a difficult time staying on the subject.
“I hate Houston. It’s crawling with bugs. …Oh, wait, that’s Whitney Houston; I’m sorry, my bad,” Rivers wrote.
She went on to add of Houston, who was found dead in a hotel room a day before this year’s Grammy Awards, “Can I just mention that Whitney looked fabulous at the Grammys? She was in mahogany from head to toe.”
However, Rivers probably won’t care much about being criticized for her sense of humor and timing as it has been her way of doing things, throughout her career she has tried capitalize on shock value. In January just days after 34 people lost their lives in the Costa Concodia cruise ship sinking off the Italy coast she told a joke at the SAG Awards of how “the only thing more top heavy than Sofia Vergara was an Italian cruise ship.”
In the book she also takes a stand on another hot topic in gay marriages. She writes, “I hate gay weddings, I’m thrilled about the equal rights thing… but gay weddings are like the War on Terror — they go on forever.”
“Gay weddings are a lifetime commitment — for the guests. They start at seven and end in October. Why? Because stereotypes be damned, gays love parades,” Rivers added.