Joan Rivers Calls Adele Fat; We Hope Adele Is Rolling Her Eyes, Because We Are


Ok, Joan Rivers. I get that your thing is being a crazy-ass, superficial, wisecracking old woman. But can you lay off our fave lady, Adele?

Joan called Adele “fat” (Yes, she actually used that word) on a recent appearance on Huffington Post Live. Here’s what she said about the Oscar and Grammy-winning singer and songwriter:

“She’s a chubby lady who’s very, very rich, and she should just calm down — or lose weight … She wanted an apology, so I took an ad out on her ass. I said, ‘You are not fat.’ And then I had room for a lot of other ads. Adele is beautiful and successful and has what, $100 million? Let’s face reality: she’s fat.”

Apparently this is the second time she’s called Adele fat; the first was on David Letterman, which is why she’s referring to the apology Adele supposedly wanted in the above quote. Really, though? Commenting on Adele’s finances and the size of her ass almost in the same sentence? Why should the fact that she’s rich make her (or anyone else) “calm down” or face the reality that “she’s fat?” There’s some scary implications about beauty and wealth going on there and I don’t like them at all.

I don’t know. I don’t want to sound ageist or anything, but maybe since Joan Rivers comes from a different era, one that’s perhaps less body-positive, she just doesn’t get that maybe Adele has other concerns in her life than being super thin (Adele is 24; Joan was 24 in 1957). Adele’s spoken out her body image several times and she doesn’t seem to have a problem with the way she looks, or feel any pressure to change it. Or maybe Joan knows her relevance is fading, so she has to pop up and make rude comments every once in a while so people will pay attention to her. Since this isn’t the first offensive comment Joan’s made about Adele, or even the first offensive comment she’s drawn fire for in the past month (see the Holocaust joke about Heidi Klum—NOT OK), maybe she should stick to making jokes about herself and the gobs of plastic surgery she’s had. But then again, no one’s going to give her any press for making fun of herself like she’s been doing for years, right?

Regardless of Joan’s ideas or intentions (which I doubt she gave even half as much thought to as I’m doing for this post), it’s sad to see a woman ragging on another woman just because of how she looks. Even if that woman has essentially made her recent career completely out of ragging on other women about how they look.

The good thing here is that I highly doubt Adele gives a shit about what Joan Rivers thinks about her. And that’s exactly as it should be.


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    • Lisa

      You’re taking this waaayyy too seriously. It’s Joan Rivers. It’s what she does and she even rags on herself, and has being so for decades. She’s a classic. It’s comedic sarcasm. Lighten up.

    • Alim

      Let’s face it Adele is fat – gorgeous, successful and amazing, but fat, too – we just associate so much negativity with word fat that we have a hard time using it to describe someone as lovely as Adele, but by all standards she is overweight. And Joan is being herself – nothing new!

    • Candace

      Yes! Sure, Adele is “fat.” In that she’s overweight. But why does that have to be the only joke Joan Rivers can make? As a comedienne, I get that she feels her job is to poke fun at celebrities, but is she really so talentless that calling Adele fat is the best punchline she’s got?

      I’m not saying “don’t make fun of Adele.” Because though I love Adele, no one should be taken too seriously. But being overweight is ultimately a health issue, and Joan Rivers has no idea why Adele is overweight.

      Also, in that clip Joan Rivers acts like she’s some kind of hero because she’s like “Let’s just say it out loud! It’s the truth!” It’s not like people are refusing to say the truth. It’ just that Adele’s talent and charm are what we tend to focus our conversations on. Not an aspect of her that affects our lives in no way.

    • Michelle Pugh

      And Joan is grotesque, so what? I love Adele as she is.

    • j

      What’s wrong with the word (or being) fat? Adele is fat. There, I said it. Does that make her ugly? no. Does that make her less awesome? no. Fat, as an adjective, is defined as overweight, which Adele is. Get over it.