We live in a time when Joan Rivers, comic genius, is alive.
Not only that; she is not hard to find or enjoy.
Yes, I'm talking about Joan-chaining-her-hand-to-a-Costco-shopping-cart-Rivers.
Whether Costco is an example of her on-going public relations improv, or enacted just because she can, Costco is but a beat in Joan's ongoing public one-woman-show, and I'm hooked on her.
Humor is a personal thing.
But it does seem as if the least smart among us have the least humor.
Debate this is you will.
Yes, Joan Rivers talks about other people outrageously.
That's her shtick, and it's not for everyone.
I understand that there are people who don't appreciate Joan's brilliance. To quote the late Gore Vidal, the first time I met him, "The worst possible thing is to be a woman with wit. They will hate you".
So, as they say, I get it.
Anytime Joan Rivers makes the news with a fresh quip about something in the news, the comments section is ablaze with hatred for her.
Much of the vitriol is about her age. Hmmmm.
Is this a woman thing? Rhetorically, disingenuously, I muse.
Why the hate?
In 30+ years, if Jon Stewart chooses to use his platform to offer comic off-the-cuff commentary on the circus of humanity, will he be similarly reviled?