What is wrong with people?
ICYMI Joan Rivers' Doctor "Took a Selfie" During Procedure: CNN http://t.co/0sISLwgWdi
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) September 17, 2014
Rivers’ former co-stars on E!’s Fashion Police expressed their anger during the show’s Oscars special on Monday night.
Joan Rivers filming Fashion Police on July 10, 2014.
Her “fuck you” and middle fingers were bleeped and blurred, but viewers could still clearly make out what she was saying and doing.
“Let’s all blame [The Academy]. Lets’ blame them for everything,” Rancic continued. “Amen,” Kelly Osbourne added.
Then, Rivers’ successor Kathy Griffin, said, “Can we kind of take a moment with that because when I was watching that I thought, Meryl Steep is out there and she kept saying like, â€˜People who push the boundaries and stuff.’ So when they left Joan out of that, I thought it was really a miss. And she was in feature films and I thought that was an odd miss. But it’s almost like even posthumously, she’s still a rebel.”
Brad Goreski, Osbourne, and Rancic all clapped in agreement.
BuzzFeed News’ request for comment from E! and Rancic were not immediately returned.
— Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) August 25, 2014
Margaret Sullivan, the New York Times’ public editor, confessed Monday afternoon that a writer’s use of the term “no angel” to describe Michael Brown was “a regrettable mistake” and saying that the 18-year-old killed by a Ferguson, Mo., police officer was no angel seemed “to suggest that this was, altogether, a bad kid.”
New York Times writer John Eligon used the phrase in a profile of Brown published yesterday, and the backlash was profound.
If the NYT thinks Mike Brown was ‘no angel’ for having smoke and drunk before, I wonder how they feel about Obama who used to do coke
— not a Grizzlies fan (@Trisity_) August 25, 2014
The man who killed a teenager led a bland life, but the boy who died was no angel. I see you, @NYTimes.
— Afroanna Puffington (@BabylonSista) August 25, 2014
Hey @nytimes I need to know if I was executed will I be "no angel" in my writeup bc I kiss on the first date & I shoplifted in the 4th grade
— yonce's red solo cup (@pterosaur) August 25, 2014
Very noble of NYT to depict Mike Brown as "no angel" as if EVERY OTHER NORTH AMERICAN TEENAGER doesn't "dabble" in the same things. Jesus.
— Anne T. Donahue (@annetdonahue) August 25, 2014
I don't advocate lionizing the dead. But when we write about black men who've been killed by the police, "no angel" carries a new meaning.
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) August 25, 2014
"Mike Brown was no angel". Real quote from the @nytimes. Stay classy, media, stay classy.
— BWD (@theonlyadult) August 25, 2014
I have long suspected I'm no angel. Luckily, no one's seen fit to put 6 bullets into me for it.
— Maaza Mengiste (@MaazaMengiste) August 25, 2014
MoDo has dabbled with drugs, just like Mike Brown. Will NYT report as "news" that she's no angel?
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) August 25, 2014
— Andy Kindler (@AndyKindler) August 25, 2014
— d* (@lilnerdette) August 25, 2014
The author of the piece says, in hindsight, he would have changed the wording:
“I understand the concerns, and I get it,” Mr. Eligon said. He agreed that “no angel” was not a good choice of words and explained that they were meant to play off the opening anecdote of the article in which Mr. Brown saw an angelic vision. That anecdote “is about as positive as you can get,” Mr. Eligon said, and noted that a better way to segue into the rest of the article might have been to use a phrase like “wasn’t perfect.”
“Hindsight is 20/20. I wish I would have changed that,” he said.