Protesting Costco’s refusal to carry her book, I Hate Everyone … Starting With Me, due to material they found objectionable, Joan Rivers spent the afternoon in Burbank yesterday handcuffed to a shopping cart outside the store.
During the protest, Joan and her people sold 150 copies of her book. She first sold it outside and then went inside to do the same. That’s before police arrived and escorted her out.
“Costco, who sells condoms by the pallet, who sells Paula Deen books and – which is not good for their customers’ health – they decided to ban my book,” the 79-year-old Rivers said. “This is a First Amendment violation. You’re banning a book because it says a funny quote by Marie Antoinette? Where is this going to lead us to?
“This is a store that sells 300 rolls of toilet paper at the same time, and I say any customer that buys 300 rolls of toilet paper deserves a funny book to sit on the toilet and read.”
To be fair, this isn’t a violation of the First Amendment at all. The government isn’t banning her books. Costco is.
Anyway, this story was surprising. When I read that Joan Rivers was escorted out of Costco, I assumed it would have been because she was napping on the furniture. Not this.
Regardless, Costco is the perfect place to hold a protest. That hot dog and drink combo is still only $1.50. Can’t beat that!