Comedienne Joan Rivers is known for her catty quips about the rich and famous, and no celeb is safe from her sharp tongue on her E! show "Fashion Police." But did she go too far with a series of weight jabs about Adele?
It might be okay for Joan to waggle her jowls about train wrecks like Lindsay Lohan, but apparently the public can't handle it when she goes after someone truly talented like Adele -- there's a big backlash every time Joan makes a jab about the singer's size. And she'll probably keep at it as long as her weight jokes keep making headlines.
During an appearance on "The Late Show with David Letterman," Joan Rivers joked that the British beauty should add the words "fried chicken" to the end of the title of her popular tune "Rolling in the Deep." And According to Us Weekly, Joan also made this joke about the singer's weight: "She was very scared because she was singing at the awards. She kept saying, 'My throat, my throat -- I don't know if I can swallow. And I said, 'Oh, yeah! You can swallow.'"
Joan refused to apologize for her jabs during a "HuffPost Live" interview, and instead she said this: "It's not mean. She's a chubby lady who's very, very rich, and she should just calm down -- or lose weight! She wanted an apology, so I took an ad out on her ass. I said, 'You are not fat.' And then I had room for a lot of other ads."
She then argued that she's simply pointing out the obvious by saying, "Adele is beautiful and successful and has what, $100 million? Let's face reality: she's fat!"
Adele isn't the first singer to get fat-shamed by Joan. She also took on Christina Aguilera by saying that the singer flubbed the National Anthem at the 2011 Super Bowl because she was thinking about food, and she dubbed the fierce performer "Fatso."
Christina Aguilera's weight was also criticized by Joan Rivers' "Fashion Police" co-host Kelly Osbourne. According to "Access Hollywood," Kelly called Christina a "fat bitch" during a 2011 episode of "Fashion Police" and explained her insult by saying, "She called me fat for so many f***ing years, so you know what? F**k you! You're fat too." A month later, she was at it again. After critiquing a photo of a pants-less Xtina at the Michael Jackson Tribute Concert, she pointed out, "She called me fat for years. I was never that fat." And of course Joan also had to serve up another insult. She joked, "Lady Marmalade got into the peanut butter again." Now that Xtina has slimmed down, these Queens of Mean are going to have to go back to making snide comments about the singer's style instead of speculating about the contents of her stomach.
Kelly Osbourne took a less direct approach when fat-shaming Lady Gaga. When Mama Monster gained a little weight, Kelly speculated that she might be pregnant. So how did Gaga respond? She brought up Adele's weight, of course. She told Stylist this about her weight woes: "Adele is bigger than me, how come nobody says anything about it? She's so wonderful and I think her confidence is something I have to match." So Gaga will be glad to know that Joan is now saying plenty about Adele's weight, and she's not the only one talking about it -- designer Karl Lagerfeld complained that Adele is "a little too fat" while talking about popular female musicians last year.
Apparently celebrity women love using weight against those that they hate. "America's Next Top Model" judge Janice Dickinson and host Tyra Banks started feuding after Janice left the show in 2005, and Janice couldn't resist taking a dig at Tyra's weight during a discussion about another woman's waistline. During a 2007 appearance on "TODAY," she told Al Roker that she thought Jennifer Love Hewitt was just a "healthy, not emaciated woman." She then threw in this bitchy Banks burn: "You want to see someone who's fat? I'm sorry, Tyra. Tyra Banks is fat."
And celebrity men have even tried to get in on the fat-shaming game. George Lopez ignited an ugly feud when he made this unfunny joke about one of Kirstie Alley's performances on "Dancing with the Stars" in 2011: "She did a nice job, her little hooves tapping away...before the show, she went to the market, and then she had roast beef and this is her going all the way home." Kirstie responded by criticizing George for taking one of his ex-wife's kidneys before their divorce.
So come, on Joan! Do you really want to be in the same category as George Lopez? Fat jokes are old and tired, so maybe it's time to come up with some new material.
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