The Problem With Joan Rivers Insulting Adele & Jennifer Lawrence


One of these things is not like remotely happy like the others.

Hey everybody, Adele is still not of the same body type as almost everybody else in Hollywood! STILL. How dare she not lose weight and deny assholes the chance to then make fun of her for “looking anorexic” later on? How dare she not give into the pressures women face tenfold over men in the entertainment industry? Fortunately, Joan Rivers is here to save the day with her patently mean brand of humor!

On The Late Show with David Letterman the other night, Rivers was discussing the Academy Awards and decided that her typical spiel wasn’t getting enough laughs, so she opted to switchover to good ol’ fat shaming. Naturally, she chose Adele as the target, because nobody has ever done that and it’s not staler than sun tattoos around bellybuttons (also, equally ridiculous). Here, check it out:

Ha! Haha! She made fun of her for eating — again, how dare she? — and existing!





Naturally, everybody’s down with Jennifer Lawrence ordering McDonald’s from the red carpet (because eating fast food makes you America’s sweetheart!), but giggling about Adele theoretically eating fried chicken is totally logical. Though, speaking of J Law, did anybody else think Rivers’ crack about her being flat-chested was painfully unfunny? Like, even if you actually enjoyed making fun of people’s bodies, that one was like listening to a middle school boy attempt up with a retort when a girl won’t kiss him. Plus, it was pretty much a worldwide unanimous judgment that Lawrence looked incredible that night. And the comments about Adele…well, they were so very stupid and it was depressing to hear applause, yet I’m not surprised at all.

But, see, the problem with making fun of Adele at the Oscars is that she was amazing. Everybody acknowledged she was one of the only good things about that night. In fact, Adele is amazing pretty much all of the time, and she doesn’t seem to give a damn about what people say regarding her weight. And guess what? Neither do her fans. Neither do the endless scores of people who purchase her albums, her songs, her concert tickets.

Normally, I think the whole, “You’re just jealous!!” argument is rather silly. When it comes to Adele, though, I sometimes wonder if other celebrities are a bit envious that she arrived looking different, didn’t change her appearance body-wise and still managed to achieve enormous success. Of course, it should be like that for all women and men in the industry, but I have occasionally wondered if some of the fat shaming directed at her is the result of some folks being pissed that she didn’t have to change her appearance entirely in order to be one of the most celebrated entertainers of her time.

Regardless of the motivation, can we all just agree that calling Adele fat is old and tired and not remotely funny nor appropriate? She’s not going anywhere, so get used to seeing her face (and body), Joanie.

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    • Merle

      While I theoretically agree with basically everything in this article, Adele has lost a lot of weight since she published her first album….

      • Samantha Escobar

        I know what you mean, though I do still think she has maintained a figure that’s considered different than most in the industry. I think I kind of just forgot she lost weight because my brain accounted for it because she had a baby semi-recently. But good point, definitely.

      • Suezie G Mullins-Piche

        Joan only wishes she had Adele’s beautiful voice

      • Vanessa Vieira

        True, but in my opinion I don’t necessarily think she deliberately set out to lose weight because of societal pressure. I feel that after touring the world, having throat surgery, and most likely eating healthier due to having to maintain energy to tour the world, she naturally lost weight.

      • Vanessa Vieira

        And also, isn’t it pretty much known that Jennifer Lawrence isn’t flat chested? It’s not funny in any way, but especially when the person you’re making fun of isn’t actually flat chested.

      • Courtney Michna

        Yeah I was confused. She is sort of busty actually. Her dress just flattened her out a bit.

    • cshugs

      the use of this russell westbrook gif is simply amazing!!

    • gemma

      i like letterman so much more now. he did NOT look amused. adele and jennifer lawerence seem like 2 of his favs, anyway. he gave her a polite chuckle at one point but that was it.

      not kind and not funny, joan.

      • gemma

        upon rewatch letterman looks PISSED

    • Amanda

      Flat chested jokes aren’t funny at all. As a smaller chested girl, they really hurt. I’m sorry, I can’t help that I have a naturally smaller figure. I feel like so many women look down on/think they’re better than us for having a larger chest than we do, as if that somehow makes them more ‘womanly’.

      Weight jokes also aren’t funny. I’m not really a fan of Adele, but she is one beautiful lady, and if she’s happy with her size, no one else should really care.

    • Dee

      Joan! All that self mutilation is catching up with you, loosen up, no pun intended.

    • paulyd

      First off don’t get so butthurt I agree that Joans comments were relatively unfunny but EVERYBODY has something that they are gonna be picked on about. In this case adele should change. oh she is fat and proud I love her strength. No that’s bad type two diabetes doesn’t care you are proud. And @ amanda there is an entire genre of porn based on small breast so don’t feel bad

      • okay

        agreed that people are going to get picked on about something but adele is beautiful but I don’t think she should change for the world i think she should do it for herself if she wants to be more healthy not because everyone else wants her to be skinny and more “presentable” or whatever the fuck. Joan Rivers is a big beeotch.

    • Haden

      Joan’s self-hatred, the self-hatred that drove her to insult others CONSTANTLY, resulted in her getting all of that plastic surgery – the surgeries that would ultimately kill her (I don’t care what they say, “throat surgery” means that she was getting her turkey waddle pinned and tucked). Adele wins this round, Joanie.