Joan Rivers is at it again, taking jabs at multi-Grammy winning artist Adele for her weight. Above, Rivers talk to HuffPost Live about her recent appearance on “Letterman,” where she joked about Adele’s weight. Video of the “Letterman” bit below, where Rivers says Adele is not only “Rolling in the Deep,” she’s rolling in the fried chicken, among other comments.

HuffPost Live comments to Rivers that Letterman wasn’t really laughing at her jokes and Rivers responds, “It’s funny, it’s not mean! She’s a chubby lady who’s very, very rich and she should just calm down or lose weight.”

Rivers goes on to joke, “She wanted an apology, so I took an ad out on her a**. I said, ‘You are not fat.’ ANd then I had room for a lot of other ads.”

“Adele is beautiful and successful … [but] let’s face reality, she’s fat,” Rivers concludes.

What do you think, readers? Rivers is certainly allowed to say whatever she wants — free speech and all that, as long as she isn’t making threats or anything like that. But should she be saying those things? Why is that an acceptable thing to make fun of?

Would she make cracks about someone famous just for being a racial minority? Or gay? Or ugly? Not a joke that is sort-of about those issues, which Rivers probably would make, but would she actually say about someone, “Let’s face reality, he’s black” or “Let’s face reality, she’s ugly”?

Some people argue that making fun of overweight people is one of the last acceptable forms of bigotry. Kim Kardashian has recently come under fire for gaining pregnancy weight. A Jezebel writer says that we’re not only giving young girls more fodder for body image issues, but making them mean people at the same time.


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TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."