Most of the nation remembers that, shortly before her untimely death, Joan Rivers said something that would be considered highly disrespectful of First Lady Michelle Obama. During an interivew in which she was asked if the nation would ever have a gay person in the White House, she said that “We already have one,” and then said that Michelle Obama is a “trαnny.”
The term that Joan used to describe Mrs. Obama is commonly used as a derogatory term toward cross-gender Americans. Some took offense to Mrs. Obama being accused of being something that she is not.
The White House didn’t say much, but Rivers’ remarks certainly spiked the rumor mills. The right wingers were saying that her words added truth to one of their many constant conspiracies about the Obamas. Even Jerome Corsy, a Harvard PhD, wrote a series of “investigative” stories claiming that President Obama is actually gay. This was added to others on the right who were speculating about Mrs. Obama as well.
Those on the left were deeply offended by Rivers’ remarks, and considered them disrespectful to the White House. This incident puts a damper on Rivers’ funeral arrangements and may tarnish her legacy in the eyes of some, at least on the liberal left, where she spent most of her time.
Making matters even more shocking, it was reported by The Sidney Morning Herald that Rivers had gone so far as to “ban” the first lady from attending her funeral.
The Sydney Morning Herald reports:
In one of her final interviews, conducted just weeks before her death, she told The Sunday Times Magazine that those she wanted kept away from her funeral included Obama, who she branded “a trαnny”, Adele for being “fat”, and Handler, who she dubbed “drunk” and a “wh*re”. She also discussed how she knew death would soon be “inevitable” because of her advancing years and revealed she had been trying to help her daughter Melissa to come to terms with her mother’s mortality. Rivers added, “Melissa says, ‘I don’t want to hear about it, I don’t want to talk about it’, but I say it’s comi-i-i-ing! It’s inevitable. It’s no longer an abstract thing. It’s like, God, I’m in my eighties. Nobody, when I die, is going to say, ‘How young?’ They’re going to say, ‘She had a great ride.’”