Weekend Open Thread: A Month Ago Tomorrow, This Was in the News. Plus, Fuck Sharks!

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers, especially before the plastic surgery, was nowhere near as unattractive as she claimed to be in her comedy routines — as can be seen in this game imitation she tried of Candice Bergen.  I KID!  I KID!

Joan Rivers’s popularity increased substantially over the past 30 days, culminating in today’s funeral.  And she certainly earned a lot of the praise that she’s received, as a feminist trailblazer (albeit a troubled one) in the world of stand-up comedy and hosting late-night shows.  But how quickly do we have to forget this story, published on August 8 of this year?

The actress and TV host launched an angry tirade, claiming that they ‘started’ the war with Israel and those who had voted for Hamas were “very stupid people who don’t even own a pencil.”

When she was told that around 2,000 Palestinians had died in the conflict she replied: “Oh my god” Tell that to the people in Hiroshima.

“Good. Good. When you declare war, you declare war. They started it. We now don’t count who’s dead.

“You’re dead, you deserve to be dead. Don’t you dare make me feel bad about that.”

I’m sad to see a gifted performer die.  I’m sadder still that her last splash in public, prior to her going into her coma, was what it was.  One is supposed to say no ill of the dead, but she obviously didn’t follow that rule herself — and it’s a little too soon to pretend that that projectile vomit of callousness didn’t occur.

Or maybe her death is a good prompt to forget it — just like no one will dare to talk about Jane Fonda’s ill-fated trip to Vietnam on the day of her funeral, wherever it comes, because she’ll be dead and one ought not, of course, speak ill of the dead.


ALSO by resounding popular request, this weekend’s Vern YouTube is the song he wrote in the 90’s with filmmaker (and his HB schoolfriend) Steve Oedekerk:  FUCK SHARKS:  Do not listen to it if hearing 17 F-Bombs disturbs you.  But what am I saying, you do that in an hour…
This is your highly delayed Weekend Open Thread.  Make of it what you can.  Talk about that or whatever else you’d like, within reasonable bounds of discretion.

About Greg Diamond

Somewhat verbose attorney, semi-retired due to disability, residing in northwest Brea. Occasionally runs for office against bad people who would otherwise go unopposed. Got 45% of the vote against Bob Huff for State Senate in 2012; Josh Newman then won the seat in 2016. In 2014 became the first attorney to challenge OCDA Tony Rackauckas since 2002; Todd Spitzer then won that seat in 2018. Every time he's run against some rotten incumbent, the *next* person to challenge them wins! He's OK with that. Corrupt party hacks hate him. He's OK with that too. He does advise some local campaigns informally and (so far) without compensation. (If that last bit changes, he will declare the interest.)