Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Joan Rivers Protests Costco Over Ban on Her Book

Joan Rivers was on fire at the Laurie Beechman Theatre last week, where I took three coworkers of mine to see her underground, try-out-new-jokes show. ("There was the most annoying kid on my flight back to New York. Where's Casey Anthony when you need her?" she asked.) Thanks to Chip for totally hooking us up -- we had a great time.

The 79-year-old comedian (well, she claimed 78 last week, but ...) brought that same fiery spirit to a Costco in Burbank yesterday, where management called the cops on her and had her removed for setting up an unauthorized book signing -- a book signing to protest Costco's refusal to carry her latest New York Times bestseller, "I Hate Everyone ... Starting With Me"!
“Costco, who sells condoms by the pallet, who sells Paula Dean books and – which is not good for their customers’ health – they decided to ban my book,” Rivers said. “This is a First Amendment violation. You’re banning a book because it says a funny quote by Marie Antoinette? Where is this going to lead us to? This is a store that sells 300 rolls of toilet paper at the same time, and I say any customer that buys 300 rolls of toilet paper deserves a funny book to sit on the toilet and read."

Bravo, Joan!


1 comment:

Patrick said...

Joan -- I'd love to read your book, even if I can't buy it at Costco -- but Costco can't violate your First Amendment rights. They're not the government, honey. And, actually, Costco is pretty good to progressive causes. So, are they really selling your book at Wal-Mart?