TORONTO — Comedian Joan Rivers has sparked criticism for calling U.S. president Barack Obama gay and declaring First Lady Michelle Obama is transgender.
The 81-year-old was asked by a reporter on a New York City sidewalk if the U.S. will see its first gay president.
“We already have it with Obama,” Rivers replied. “So let’s just calm down.”
She added: “You know Michelle is a tranny.”
When the reporter asked her to repeat the comment, Rivers said: “A transgender. We all know it. Oh gosh, it’s OK.”
The comments lit up social media.
“Going too far ISN’T funny, Joan,” tweeted @PalmSpringsPers.
@Armbar93 opined: “Finally someone has the balls to say it.”
According to @MadMoonPotter, Rivers is “such a vile and nasty woman trying to stay relevant in a world that doesn’t give a s*** about her.”
At least one person summed things up this way:
Joan Rivers is as funny as she is youthfully attractive.
— Alex Collins (@AlexCol37049023) July 4, 2014
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