It’s been said that old people can say whatever they want because they’ve paid their dues. In Joan Rivers’ new book, she proves that she has earned her stripes.
I Hate Everyone… Starting with Me is being published at the perfect moment in Rivers’ career. At 78, an age at which many other comics would begin to slow down, Rivers is going strong. She continues to tour the country, doing stand-up gigs, book signings, appearances on talk shows, etc. At this age, and with her incredible schedule, it seems that she has earned the right to make fun of everyone.
Rivers has always been criticized for picking on inappropriate targets, and in her new book, she holds nothing back. Neither do her critics. In one review published by SFGate.com, a critic reports that Rivers has forgotten to relay her humanity in her latest work. By refusing to appear vulnerable, the reviewer says, Rivers will push her fans away rather than draw them into the mean-yet-lovable web she has woven.
In an excerpt from the book presented by Amazon.com, Rivers describes many of the objects of her hatred as “passing fancies,” suggesting that she finds great enjoyment in hating things. While most people can’t get away with it, Rivers continues to build her empire on hatred and brash words. Thankfully, because of her age, experience and hard work, I think she’ll find further success with all of her hostility.
If you think otherwise, who cares! She probably hates you anyway.
About the Author: Christine refuses to sing the made up "So good's" in public renditions of "Sweet Caroline" and will ask you at inappropriate times if it is okay for her to pet your dog. You can also follow her on Twitter: @bawdybynature.