Joan Rivers’ Comments on Singer-songwriter Adele’s Physical Appearance

An OAC member has alerted the OAC to a recent weight bias issue involving TV-personality Joan Rivers. On Tuesday, February 26, Joan Rivers appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman where she discussed her recent coverage of the Oscars. She expressed to Mr. Letterman that she met Adele Laurie Blue Adkins, a popular singer-song-writer, while covering the awards show.

Photo Credit: CBS

Ms. Rivers negatively stigmatized Adele by making a hand gesture about Adele’s physical size (pictured right). She later went on to say to Mr. Letterman, “What is her song? Rolling in the deep? She should add fried chicken.” Joan then continued to elaborate on a conversation she had with Adele where the singer expressed nervousness regarding singing at the show due to trouble swallowing. Joan commented to Mr. Letterman regarding this story by saying “Oh yea, you can swallow,” while at the same time making the hand gesture referencing Adele’s physique.

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The OAC feels Ms. Rivers’ comments were highly inappropriate and only further stigmatizes individuals affected by the disease of obesity. Ms. Rivers’ forte for commenting on Hollywood’s fashion taste does not provide her the right to mock someone’s physical appearance. The OAC now wants YOU to respond to this issue as a “Bias Buster.”

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If you feel Ms. Rivers’ comments were stigmatizing, please contact her at the number or email listed below:

Joan Rivers Worldwide Enterprises: 212-751-2028 or
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