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Give It Up for Joan Rivers

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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