Joan Rivers Chains Herself to Costco Shopping Cart in Protest


Costco shoppers got even more than they bargained for Tuesday when comedian Joan Rivers showed up in Burbank, Calif., with handcuffs, a megaphone and copies of her New York Times bestseller.

Rivers caused a commotion at the warehouse-club chain when she made an unannounced and unauthorized in-store appearance. The comedian brought copies of her bestselling novel, “I Hate Everyone … Starting with Me,” and autographed them for fans in the store. She carried a megaphone and even handcuffed herself to someone’s shopping cart.

The comedian’s appearance was reportedly in protest of Costco’s decision to ban the comedian’s book, which has been on the New York Times bestseller list for more than six weeks. Rivers says the ban is because of two inappropriate parody quotes on the book from Marie Antoinette and Wilt Chamberlain.

But for Rivers, 79, it was about more than raking in book sales from the wholesale vendor.

“This is very frightening and it is truly about the First Amendment,” Rivers told ABC affiliate KABC-TV. “This is America and I don’t want to see censorship.”