5 Reasons Joan Rivers Was a Cultural Icon

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The incomparable Joan Rivers was laid to rest yesterday and her funeral was truly a star-studded affair, just as she wanted. She was bold, a pop culture icon, comedic genius, trailblazer, and consummate HBIC! Most of the time, she said what many people were already thinking. Her jokes were one of a kind – sometimes offensive, forever funny – always bad ass! Here are 5 reasons Joan Rivers was a cultural icon:

  • Red Carpet Royalty: In the 90’s, she coined the popular question, “Who are you wearing?” while interviewing celebrities during E!’s “Live from the Red Carpet” specials. This gave stylists and designers great publicity – that is, if Joan liked the look. If she didn’t, you were guaranteed to be LOLing all over your living room.
  • Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number: How many female comedians or entertainers, over the age of 80, can you name that are still relevant in show business, other than Betty White? Exactly – very few – Joan was in an elite class. From college-age fans, to generation X’ers like me, to baby boomers like my mom; Joan’s appeal spanned generations. Her popular show on E!, “Fashion Police”, was a Friday night staple and endeared her to millions.
  • Balls: Joan was fearless and full of honesty. She said what was on her mind and could care less how you felt about it. I’ll never forget watching E!’s “Live From the Red Carpet” when she told Kevin Costner (to his face) that his fiancée’s engagement ring was too small. Wait…what?! Yes, she did. Oh, and did I mention his bride-to-be was standing right there? Like it or not, that was Joan – ready to share her version of the brutal (sometimes hilariously painful) truth for the entire world to hear.
  • 9 Lives: We could all learn a lesson or two from Joan Rivers about resilience and fighting your way back from the bottom. She was famously fired from her late night talk show in the 80’s, publicly shamed and dealt with the painful suicide of her husband. Joan kept getting back up to face a new day and made lots of lemonade with all those lemons. In the end, she became known as the Queen of Comedy and one of the greatest female comedians of all time.
  • The Anti-“Mommy Dearest”: Joan gave birth to her daughter, Melissa, at a time when many celebrities handed their children off to be raised by nannies while they pursued fame – not Joan. She was a good mother, a present mother – her daughter’s best friend. Joan once said, years ago in an interview, “When my daughter scraped her knee, I wanted her to run to me and not some nanny.” There you have it!

What is your favorite Joan Rivers moment?

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  • kmb77

    Joan Rivers kept us rolling on Fashion Police!! That show won’t be the same. Even at 81, she’s gone too soon!! May she rest in peace!