Joan Rivers defends use of the word ‘tranny’

Outspoken comedienne also makes light of Tracy Morgan's anti-gay jokes

Joan Rivers defends use of the word ‘tranny’
24 January 2012

Joan Rivers is having none of the political correctness when it comes to the use of the word 'tranny' which both Neil Patrick Harris and Lance Bass apologized for using on live television in recent months.

The legendary comic was asked about the controversy surrounding the word which is seen by the Gays and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation as demeaning to transgender individual.

Rivers, who begins season two of the reality series Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best tonight on WE tv, doesn't understand the fuss.

‘Who the [expletive] cares?’ she tells Out.com. 'I’m just sick of all this. We all are. You know, gay men are now getting married—we’ve come a long way. So who cares about the ‘tranny’ thing? I have tranny friends who call themselves trannies. So who decided they shouldn’t?

Rivers also weighed in on the controversy that surrounded 30 Rock star Tracy Morgan last summer when he joked during a stand-up routine that he would stab his son if he were to discover he was gay. Morgan made a series of public apologies and the scandal was satirized on last week's episode of 30 Rock.

'He was trying to be funny, and controversial,' Rivers said.

While her daughter, Melissa Rivers, interjected that 'there’s a line which you can’t cross,' her mother went on to cross it.

She joked: 'If you do want to stab your gay son, then at least make sure to stab him in the stomach so that he can have a nice flat stomach. It gets rid of the fat. Then, people can go ‘Ooh, look at that definition.’

Rivers, 78, doesn't appear worried about any backlash from her humor although some are certain to be offended.

But is she ever afraid of alienating gay fans in this politically correct era with some of her material?

She told Gay Star News earlier this month: 'If they don't know after 43 years that I'm funny then don't come around. Bill Cosby once said to me, 'If one percent of the world thinks you're funny, you're safe.'

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