Joan Rivers is making internet waves today for her mean-spirited attempts to undermine the career of fellow comedienne Chelsea Handler by saying she slept her way to prominence. While the two women have never loved each other (narcissism of small differences much?), the feud just bubbled up again via a recent appearance on Howard Stern‘s radio show by Ms. Handler. When asked about what was going on between her and Joan Rivers, Handler replied:

What the fuck do I care about Joan Rivers? I saw Joan Rivers the other day at E!, and she said hi. Her and that daughter…Melissa…I don’t think about either one of them, ever. So the fact that Joan Rivers, she got up and made this speech, we were at a Comcast event and you know, they’re giving me Conan’s old stage at Universal…Joan Rivers gets up and she’s like “I would like to thank Chelsea Handler for giving me a career in comedy, heh heh heh,” and then she goes, “congratulations on your stage, Chelsea, cause I don’t even have a dressing room.” And I’m like, “fuck off.”

In addition to being somewhat unkind, this statement was untrue, as Chelsea Handler was clearly thinking about Joan Rivers in that moment, otherwise she wouldn’t have been able to recall a story about her. But the way Joan Rivers responded the next day was even more not-okay:

The girl was on her back fucking the president, we all know that, of the network [Melissa tries to get her to back off from this line of reasoning] She started it! We all know how she got there. She’s fine, she’s ordinary, she’s not a genius…she’s an ordinary girl…she fucked someone high up in the industry and they gave her a break and she’s doing okay. I walk over and say “hello, nice to see you.” You say…ignored me. Who the fuck do you think you are? That’s number one… [tagbox tag=”Joan Rivers”]

She’s a drunk, she has her own show, I don’t wish her good luck, I don’t wish her bad luck, I don’t care, I don’t think she’s particularly funny, but don’t you come after me, you whore. [Because taking time out of your day to go on the radio and call someone a whore is a really obvious sign that you don’t care about them.]

Whoa there! I know it’s Joan Rivers, but can we all agree that “whore” is one of the laziest go-to insults for a woman that’s ever been invented? It’s right up there next to “fat.” (No wonder they’re sometimes used in conjunction with one another.) Can you imagine Dorothy Parker calling someone a whore? No, because she was smarter and funnier than that.

Also, this goes without saying, but when you call someone a whore, it’s about as degrading to sex workers as calling someone a “faggot” is to gay people. Maybe we can’t all come up with perfectly crafted, hilarious, cutting insults, but we can at least try to do better that that. Especially those of us who are supposed to be funny for a living.

(Via Jezebel)