Video: Joan Rivers Cuffs Herself to Costco Shopping Cart in Protest, Calls Store "Nazi Germany"
Funny lady Joan Rivers caused quite a stir Tuesday evening at the Costco in Burbank when she staged a protest against the wholesale store, and even handcuffed herself to a shopping cart.
Rivers was riled up because the retail outlet had banned her new book, "I Hate Everything Starting with Me," because of "several racy jokes on the back cover," explains TMZ.
The 79-year-old comedian (or comedienne, should you prefer) showed up with a megaphone and a team of assistants holding up copies of the "banned" book. She declared that the property wasn't Costco's, since it belonged to the Indians, and that it was like "Nazi Germany" for not permitting her book to be sold there. Ultimately, Rivers clamped on handcuffs, attaching herself to a shopper's cart as the police and confused shoppers (with cellphone cameras) looked on.
Did Rivers get taken to the pokey? Nope. She was asked to leave. And she did.
According to E! News, Rivers offered up this witticism after the protest:
"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."
TMZ caught the whole thing on video, and it's pretty awkward/funny:
Joan Rivers HANDCUFFS Herself to Shopping Cart in Anti-Costco Protest
UPDATE 9:30 AM: Rivers finally Tweets about her Costco protest:
Thank you ALL so much for your support! I embrace my First Amendment Rights to free speech. And my book "I Hate Everyone" sure proves that!— Joan Rivers (@Joan_Rivers) August 8, 2012