Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Joan Rivers storms off set: Why can't CNN take a joke?

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    January 25, 2010. Comedian Joan Rivers arrives for the premiere of the documentary "Joan Rivers - A Piece Of Work" during the 2010 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.Reuters
Joan Rivers, walked off the set recently during an interview with host Fredricka Whitfield on CNN. The comedian, ostensibly there to promote her new book, was met with a barrage of negative comments -- thinly disguised as questions -- from Whitfield that strongly implied Rivers' humor was mean-spirited and hurtful, and that the cover photo on her book (which shows Rivers wearing a fur) was improper, given the sensitivities of animal rights activists.
Rivers correctly commented that Whitfield wasn't capable of interviewing someone who "does comedy." Whitfield didn't seem to get that Rivers’ especially stark comments on stage about someone's dress being "ugly," or someone being cheap, or someone being too fat to wear Spandex aren't really meant to hurt anyone's feelings.