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Joan Rivers

CUFFED to Shopping Cart

In Anti-Costco Protest

8/8/2012 3:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Cops were called to an L.A. Costco yesterday -- after comedian Joan Rivers HANDCUFFED herself to a shopping cart during a one-woman protest against the wholesale store ... comparing the place to "Nazi Germany" ... and we got video of the entire debacle.

TMZ broke the story ... Joan claims Costco banned her new book "I Hate Everything ... Starting with Me" because of several racy jokes on the back cover -- so yesterday, she staged a protest in Burbank against what she called unjust censorship.

Joan yelled into a bullhorn, "Costco should not be like Nazi Germany. Next thing they'll be burning the bible."

Joan then walked into the store and handcuffed herself to a random woman's shopping cart, where she continued to scream. Costco management called the cops, who then asked Joan to leave -- which she did. And that was that.

But the footage is hilarious. Even the cops can't help but laugh.

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61.

THE-KILLUMINATED-ONE    

I couldn't continue watching that, freedom of speech is the cornerstone of our country, but she was rambling.

751 days ago
62.

Shutupanddrive    

Comparing a store that won't carry your book to a regime that killed hundreds of thousands of Jews, Poles, Chechs, homosexuals and disabled people? Really? You look like an a$$.

751 days ago
63.

Revelations    

All for more publicity.

751 days ago
64.

Hank    

she is such a C*UNT ! When she was on Apprentice, she compared her nemesis to Hitler. Now she's comparing Costco to Nazi Germany? Just because she's Jewish, she shouldn't be allowed to trivialize the horrors of Nazi Germany by comparing them to a poker player or a chain store. Costco probably banned her book because it sucks and she's a complete bitch. If Costco really is like Nazi Germany, it should do us all a favor and stick her in one of its discounted ovens! Would that make you happy, Joan?

751 days ago
65.

Sierra    

What a IDIOT. Nazi Germany? Let me tell you, it would be like that if the government told COSTCO what they should and should not carry -- last time I checked, companies are free not to carry your shiz!

751 days ago
66.

Alice    

Translation? "Everybody pay attention to me!"

751 days ago
67.

Alice    

Translation? "Everybody pay attention to me!"

751 days ago
68.

Rich    

Love U Joan, wish more people would protest. Most are slaves to this nation. no voice. have fun Joan

751 days ago
69.

Mikey    

Edgar was right after all.

751 days ago
70.

Mikey    

No doubt she was babbling something about Johnny Carson.

751 days ago
71.

Mikey    

So now Joanne Rivers is using a bullhorn to beg for money. Mental.


Is her daughter still doing the porn thing?

751 days ago
72.

Wellington     

It's clearly a publicity stunt to boost book sales.

751 days ago
73.

Vampyr    

Lets not get vulgar like on the dust cover of her book by calling her names.
Oh and btw Costco carries the 50 shades of grey books and they sell tons of them but here's the difference, the sexual content or language is "IN" the book NOT on the front or back cover. Just remove the swearing from the dust cover and they will sell your book, oh wait, now you've burnt the bridge you could have used to 'calmly' discuss the dustcover issue so costco might sell it now they smartly won't, your fault now Joan

751 days ago
74.

James Hoffa    

FTA: "Joan claims Costco banned her new book "I Hate Everything ... Starting with Me" because of several racy jokes on the back cover -- so yesterday, she staged a protest in Burbank against what she called unjust censorship."

And that's what you consider Nazi Germany? Oh, Joan. You should be thanking God you never really suffered at the hands of Nazis. Just disgraceful. She should be ashamed of herself for such a self-serving, callus publicity stunt. What a media whore.

751 days ago
75.

MissV    

My Costco sells the Fifty Shades of Grey series on the end cap display. They're using "family friendly" as a BS excuse to not stock her book. Love you Joan!!

751 days ago
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