Has Joan Crossed the Line with ‘Tasteless’ Whitney Jokes?

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Legendary funny lady Joan Rivers is known for joking below the belt, but has she gone too far?

In her upcoming book, “I Hate Everyone…Starting with Me,” the comedian targets recently deceased superstar Whitney Houston as the butt of two distasteful jokes. And as reported by Today, her puns aren’t getting many laughs.

One joke reads: “I hate Houston…it’s crawling with bugs. Oh, wait, that’s Whitney Houston; I’m sorry, my bad. (Can I just mention that Whitney looked fabulous at the Grammys? She was in mahogany from head to toe.)”

Given the fact that Houston was found dead at 48 just a day before the awards show, it’s no surprise the wisecracks have been met with criticism, even though Penguin warned readers that Rivers’ book, out June 5, is “uncensored and totally uninhibited.”

“There’s funny tasteless and there’s just tasteless and unfortunately, this joke is in the latter category,” wrote a Village Voice reader after the publication posted one of the jokes on its site.

Another argued: “Joan Rivers is still funnier than most comedians half her age. Making tasteless jokes about celebrities is what she does. If you don’t enjoy her, fine, but please don’t try to say that all of a sudden she’s crossed a line she never crossed before.”

Soon after Houston’s death in February, Rivers defended some harsh comments she had made about the late artist on her popular E! show “Fashion Police.”

“Am I sorry [Houston] died? Of course I am, for God’s sake,” she told Women’s Wear Daily. “If Angelina Jolie died tomorrow, I would still say she was anorexic.”

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