Joan Rivers jokes Obama is gay, first lady is transgender; calls it a compliment

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(CNN) — Who needs Fourth of July fireworks when you have Joan Rivers around?

The comedian known for her lack of self-censoring recently officiated a same-sex wedding and was asked by a photographer if she believed the United States would ever see the first gay or female president. Her response was typical Rivers.

“We already have it with Obama, so let’s just calm down,” she said. “You know Michelle (Obama) is a trans.”

When asked to further explain Rivers said, “A transgender. We all know it.”

A representative for Rivers released the following statement to CNN from the comic about her remarks to the photographer:

“I think it’s a compliment. She’s so attractive, tall, with a beautiful body, great face, does great makeup. Take a look and go back to La Cage Au Follies (sic). The most gorgeous women are transgender. Stop it already … and if you want to talk about ‘politically correct,’ I think this is a ‘politically incorrect’ attack on me because I’m old, Jewish, a woman and a ‘hetty’ — a heteosexual … and I plan to sue the reporter who, when he turned off his camera, tried to touch me inappropriately on the a** – luckily he hit my ankle. Read the book … if you think that’s silly, wait to (sic) you see what I say about FDR and Eleanor!”

Rivers is no stranger to controversy. In March 2013 she refused to apologize for a joke she made about the dress “Project Runway” host Heidi Klum wore to the Academy Awards.

“The last time a German looked this hot was when they were pushing Jews into the ovens,” Rivers said while appearing on the E! channel’s “Fashion Police” show.

The Anti-Defamation League slammed Rivers, calling the remark “vulgar and hideous,” but she said it was her way of getting people to talk.

“It’s a joke, No. 1. No. 2 it is about the Holocaust,” she told HLN’s “Showbiz Tonight. “This is the way I remind people about the Holocaust. I do it through humor.”

Of course, this latest dust-up coincides with Rivers’ book, “Diary of a Mad Diva,” which was released on July 1. Rivers’ representative told CNN, “These are all funny jokes. The book is hysterical. The prologue says if anyone takes anything in the book seriously (he or she) is an idiot. And (Rivers) says if anyone has a problem with that, they can feel free to call her lawyer Clarence Darrow.”

CNN’s Carolyn Sung contributed to this report


  • Steven Sweeney

    She’s not far off. Bath house Barry WAS a member of the down low club in chicago, which was operated by Reverend Wright.Google it.As far as Mooch, I always noticed that “she” hides her hands.I’ve seen pictures where her ring finger IS longer than her index finger which is a tell tale sign of her once being a man.Joan is old and wealthy, and she obviously doesn’t care if she offends.I’m just surprised she left Reggie Love’s name out of it.(Bo’s Beau.)

    • TheREALByeByeToTheLostSheepOfTheFarRite

      LOL, ya phony right-wing hypocrite – WHEN YA GONNA USE YER OWN NAME for yer sick, right-wing trash mouth comments?

      Besides, we can always tell it’s the phony right-winger because you write like an uneducated child – because you probably are an uneducated hick, like most poor right-wing losers.

      I also wouldn’t be so quick to criticize others – you’re the one who married the goat living on the farm next to the rusted pickup truck you live in, hick. Only thing you could get, ya loser.

      • Buck O'Famagh

        How dare you disparage goats and people with rusted pickups!
        BTW, which group do you think are the real sheep? Those who expect elected officials and bureaucrats to actually abide by the constitution as it was intended? Or those who follow Saul Alinsky? There really is no far right. By your definition, the darling of the dems, JFK, would be considered far right using today’s yardstick. If you doubt this, you are either hopelessly uninformed or in denial.
        …and Joan is right about the Obama’s questionnable orientation. Have you seen him throw a ball? Have you seen her Adam’s apple?

  • TheREALByeByeToTheLostSheepOfTheFarRite

    Poor Joan is just another wealthy loser, getting older and less relevant each and every day, so of course that will make her stoop very low and go for the cheap joke aimed at the sick minds of the Tea Party far-right – any poking fun or making childish, immature comments about Obama will score points with the insignificant, worthless humans of the extreme far right like Steven Sweeney and his phony copy of my ByeBye screen name – folks so absurdly wacked out in the brain they have lost all ability to think for themselves! Pitiful and sick people they are, but they refuse our help – they’re too sick to know they have a problem!

    But Joan’s irrelevant and inferior comments should play well with the Tea Party goons, so may result in a brief uptick in Joan’s popularity. For a few seconds, anyway.

    • Cit Riverview

      The couple in the White House name should be The Untouchable’s.(Robert Stack) I now understand when they talk about being in the WEEDS; it’s what THEREALBYEBYETOTHELOSTSHEEPOFTHEFARRITE smokes, not being in a field. Just a small history lesson about Abe Lincoln. When he was running for president his opponents referred to him as a Gorilla! and he was a white man. So, when you see and hear jokes about political figures its nothing to get upset about,… Stop with this Black worship Cr*p. WE are all fair game when it comes to being made fun of..

    • Steven Sweeney

      Bye bye short eyes-You need to wake up george-I NEVER copied your alias, even though you did that to me.As far as romancing the sheep, Muslim tradition from day one up to obozo today in the white mosque.Joan and her daughter are BOTH card carrying liberals, and you’re NEVER right about anything! I see why you live in that Affton dump, and Take off that stupid panama hat! We know you’re bald!

  • fritz

    Amazing! She’s still trying to remain in the news after all these long years……….she’s got a smile wider than the span of the Brooklyn Bridge and make-up just as heavy! What a pitiful woman she’s turned out to be, or, if you read your history books, she acted the same during the Civil War. Shame on her and her daughter! Two “pees” in a pod!

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