One must give Joan Rivers credit where it’s due. She’s a trailblazer on the female comedy circuit who has opened doors for many of the funny women that have come after her. She was also doing shock comedy before people like Howard Stern were out of knee-length pants.
And while it’s important that comedians feel free to take their humour to some pretty edgy places, there is still a threshold that crosses into the “too far” zone. While that barrier will look different depending on your personal boundaries, I think we can agree that calling a baby “ugly” and “hairy” meets that criteria.
So Joan, that wily old publicity addict, has not exactly impressed anyone with her recent tweet about the offspring of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West.
“That baby is ugly… I’ve never seen a six-month-old so desperately in need of a waxing,” she wrote.
I think the most glaring thing about this “joke” is that it’s not even trying to be funny. There’s actually zero humour value in the above statement. It’s nothing more that a juvenile mean-spirited jab that you’d expect to hear in a junior high cafeteria.
But the content is even worse. It’s no secret that the Kardashians are my gossip kryptonite. I live to mock those vacuous, plastic souled monstrosities masquerading as a family of human beings, but regardless of how I feel about her lineage, I would never, ever make fun of a child. Even carbon-hearted gossip shills have their limits.
Leave the babies alone. Period. North West is going to have a hard enough time once she gains the consciousness to recognize that her parents are pretty much the worst ever.
Plus, Joan’s comment is ridiculous. Like all children of spectacularly narcissistic people, North West may be doomed to a terrible fate, but sorry, that is one beautiful child. How anyone can call her ugly is beyond me.
Sadly, Joan’s comments reveal little more than her own insecurities and self-loathing. “Ugly” is turning your face into a mass of heavily-operated tissue that requires manual operation to move an eyebrow.
Plus, it offers a little insight into why her own daughter may have followed her mother to the scalpel factory, despite being the child of one of the world’s biggest plastic surgery cautionary tales.
But don’t worry. Joan is a grown woman. She can take it.