Kathy Griffin claimed she was standing up for feminism and fairness when she left E! Fashion Police but Melissa Rivers has a different opinion on the matter.
If you remember, Griffin released a statement explaining her departure, saying, “There is plenty to make fun of pop culture without bringing people’s bodies into it… I do not want to use my comedy to contribute to a culture of unattainable perfectionism and intolerance towards difference.” But Griffin’s self-righteous indignation rubbed Rivers the wrong way.
“My biggest complaint was the feeling that she kind of s ** t all over my mother’s legacy in her statement on leaving,” Rivers told Hoda Kotb at the 92nd St. Y. “And I know that was not an intentional reading of it, but that’s how I felt… by calling the comedy and the style of it old-fashioned. It was like, I understand what you were doing, you’re trying to save yourself, but don’t crap all over my mother to do it.”
Rivers obviously feels very close to the Fashion Police brand as its executive producer and, of course, because her mother was the star of the show. She also expressed that she took issue with the allegations of racism after Giuliana Rancic’s “smells like weed” comment on Zendaya’s locs on the Oscars red carpet. “Fashion Police was a little jewel and it was the last piece I had of my mother… I felt like all these people were so out of control, including the person who made the allegation about racism. They took the last thing I had and smashed it.”
We can certainly understand the sentimentality of the show to Melissa Rivers, but we’re not sure if pointing out the racist undertones of Rancic’s comments (though they did not seem to be intentionally racist) is “out of control.” What was out of control were her comments in the first place.
[via Page Six]