Dim the Spotlight on… Joan Rivers [# 12]

THIS IS A NEW SERIES WHICH CONSISTS OF ME LOOKING BACK AT ARTISTS WE LOVE AND HAVE INFLUENCED US THAT ARE UNFORTUNATELY NO LONGER ALIVE. THESE ARE PUBLIC FIGURES THAT WERE VERY OPEN/KNOWN FOR THEIR MENTAL HEALTH PROBLEMS, BOTH RUMOURED AND DIAGNOSED.

DISCLAIMER: THESE POSTS HAVE MENTIONS OF SUICIDE, DEATH, SUBSTANCE ABUSE AND/OR RAPE THROUGHOUT, SO VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED.

Back when E! Entertainment was decent, I remember looking forward to the days after a big award show so that I could tune into Fashion Police. I always had a favourite: Joan Rivers. Controversial as she may have been, her comments sometimes made me laugh. Love her or hate her, Rivers was always an outspoken woman, despite her hardships leading to her untimely death.

On August 28, 2014, Rivers experienced serious complications and stopped breathing while undergoing a minor throat procedure at an outpatient clinic in Manhattan. An hour later, Rivers was resuscitated and transferred to a hospital and later put on life support. She died on September 4, having never awoken from a medically induced coma.

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Joan Rivers began as a stand-up comedian in the mid-60s and gradually moved up to vast arenas. She worked really hard and was constantly reinventing herself. Some might even add plastic surgery with her ways of reinvention.

She acted, directed, worked on red carpets as a reporter, had her own E! series, wrote twelve books. In my opinion, her latest memoir is so aptly named: Diary of a Mad Diva; many thought she was mad to express certain opinions. (Disclaimer: I don’t think this, I’m just stating what others have said about her. I respected Rivers despite not always agreeing with her)

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As her face featured more nips and tucks, Rivers became the subject of mockery, which in turn tainted her reputation as a comedian. The media turned Joan Rivers into a complete joke, as opposed to continuing praising her comedic chops. Rivers once joked “I’ve had so much plastic surgery when I die they’ll donate my body to Tupperware.”

Other health issues have plagued Rivers over the past few decades, including osteoporosis, of which she was a high-profile sufferer. When she was first diagnosed with the illness, the doctor told her that it would kill her. She also suffered from severe bulimia in her younger years but fortunately recovered after counselling.

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This comes to show that addictions can come in all forms. It’s not just drinks and alcohol… there’s plenty of addictions: sex, food, gambling. Plastic surgery happens to be less spoken about. However, if people take the former seriously, then so should they take the latter seriously, you know? Yet here we have Joan Rivers, a brilliant comedian, who was mocked for her physical changes through surgery. And I hope that her death raises more awareness of plastic surgery addiction.

 


To read past ‘Dim the Spotlight’ posts, click here.

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If you our someone you know displays any symptoms of mental health problems, please contact your local suicide hotlines, which you can find below.

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