To be completely honest, I am baffled for words. I feel the need to address this incident even in the heat of the moment, therefore, I apologize a head of time for offense I may cause due to explicit language I may use. Joan Rivers, who I find completely hilarious and often wonder how in the hell she is still alive and as alert as she is, came up with one of the most ridiculous "jokes" she has ever proposed. Listening to her audio on the Howard Stern show, she suggested that she was going to refer to the First Lady as Blackie O, and suggested not only did she find it funny, but she also deemed it to be a compliment. Where exactly would the compliment be? There isn’t a compliment in calling someone a goose monkey, black gums, or monkey, so where would the compliment be with calling someone Blackie O? Comparing Michelle Obama to Jackie Kennedy is ridiculous to begin with. Their lives hardly match up when written down on paper. Sure these two ladies are classy women and hold themselves with great taste, but why suggest it would be a compliment to degrade the current First Lady in attempts to suggest it were a compliment. If anything Joan was suggesting that Michelle is a poor imitation of Jackie. Not to digress, however, the most irritating part is when Howard Stern asked if she did not do the joke because she would be perceived as a racist and then followed by stating, "Isn't that what's wrong with this country?" Gross. Joan Rivers continues on by agreeing. Again, gross. Well, I disagree and I could give two craps if my opinion isn't warranted, you're going to get it.
What is wrong with this country is that people do not know their boundaries and limitations. It is the First Lady of the United States and if she does not deserve any sort of respect than whom exactly does? Sometimes things are better left unsaid. How is Blackie O supposed to be a compliment? The joke is at the heart of something so much deeper than that; Joan was “unintentionally” and I put those in quotations for a mocking purpose, attacking her dark skin complexion and it’s not excusable. If Joan really meant well by not stating the joke, why in the hell was it even brought back up? It would have shown true class and grace for her to refuse to talk about it because it was inappropriate, because indeed it was INAPPROPRIATE. The problem with this country is that although we are and have moved beyond racial berating, racism is still covert. It is a birth defect that America will forever have to endure, a marring that will forever lurk in our shadows. So, do I think that Joan Rivers is a racist for saying Michelle Obama is Blackie O? No, I don't think she is a racist, but I do now hold the opinion of her as a complete heartless bitch. Joan has shown that she is so arrogant that stopping to think about her responsibilities as a celebrity and potentially an idol to some people has escaped her to the point that she was merely thinking about her "right" to say whatever she deems necessary. Howard Stern needs to get this black lash too. I am so sick and tired of people putting the blame on this country and its laws only to invade their responsibilities and their lack of doing the right thing.
I feel umbrage by the statement, completely and whole heartedly offended. Who wants to be called blackie anymore than they want to be called whitey? Joan suggested you can call her Jewie, well that may be her request and tough skin, but I doubt the rest of the Jewish community would like to be taunted with the name "Jewie". Have some class and standards. Whatever happened to that in this country? That is the true problem ... we lack grace, etiquette, compassion, and self restraint.
As old as Joan Rivers is, you would think that she would understand the weight of her jokes. I wonder if her family owned slaves, I really do. I also wonder, because she is a Jew, if her family was prosecuted during the dooming years of concentration camps and Hitler’s reign. If so, then she should know firsthand that some jokes go a little too far. If she needs to pull this low to come up with a joke, then maybe she should consider retiring.
Below you can hear the conversation for yourself.