Joan Rivers Uses Trans Slur Against Michelle Obama (Video)

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Dude, what is wrong with Joan Rivers? Why do people like her so much? Are fans referring to these comments against the President and First Lady (after officiating a gay wedding no less!) when they speak of her comedic genius?

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In the video, a reporter asks Rivers whether we'll ever see a gay president as she leaves the wedding. She replies, "We already have it with Obama, so let's just calm down."

Okay. Then she adds, unprompted: "You know Michelle is a tranny," and then amends the term to "transgender," to make it less insulting? Or because "tranny" has fallen so far out of use that she has to clarify if it for everyone who didn't come of age in the 50s?

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thedrdonna
"Not a real" DrDonna

So she calls Obama gay, because Michelle is trans. I've seen people defending this as a joke, but it really is a terrible joke. It's based on the ideas that 1) being trans is inherently a negative, secret thing and 2) men who are attracted to trans women are gay. It's really a hat trick of anti-Obama, homophobia, and transphobia. I'm glad she receives almost no attention any more.