Tacky. Abrasive. Mean-spirited. An old bat. These are some of the nicer words that have been used to describe comedian Joan Rivers, a rough around the edges New Yorker who has made a career out of insulting people, name-calling, and making fun of outfits. One of the least politically correct women in media, Rivers is also unafraid to stamp harsh labels and derogatory terms onto those she dislikes. Earlier this year, she said fellow funny lady Chelsea Handler is a “drunk” who got ahead in entertainment by “f–king somebody high up in the industry and they gave her a break.”
You hear a claim like this and assume the individual who delivered it is awful, and that’s a pretty accurate description of Rivers, but the good thing about her is that she owns her imperfections and knows she’s insane, as made obvious by the title of her new book, “I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me.” She deserves credit for her self-awareness, and here are some other admirable qualities of the fast talkin’ east coast woman.