Stars and allies of the gay community tweeted their disgust at the apparent snub of Joan Rivers, who died last year at the age of 81.
- John Barrowman slams Academy for failing to mention the late Joan Rivers in their In Memoriam segment.
- Lance Bass and Margaret Cho amongst the LGBT community to tweet their anger at the apparent snub.
- The Academy offers an explanation.
Joan Rivers who died at the age of 81 last year, was known for her stand-up comedy and her film roles, but she was also a staunch supporter of the LGBT community. She was omitted from the Oscars “In Memoriam” section.
Leading the outrage was Joan Rivers’ co-star on E! Kelly Osborne who tweeted, “Am I missing something or was @Joan_Rivers really left out of the #Oscars memorials?”
— Kelly! (@KellyOsbourne) February 23, 2015
Margaret Cho was also disappointed that organisers had failed to mention the late comedian.
Disappointed to not see Joan Rivers or Taylor Negron in the memorial section of oscars but @teganandsara made the show for me!
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) February 23, 2015
Openly gay, Torchwood actor, John Barrowman had a few words to say about the snub.
— John Barrowman MBE (@JohnBarrowman) February 23, 2015
Newly wed former NSync singer Lance Bass also slammed the Oscars for the lack of Rivers.
— Lance Bass (@LanceBass) February 23, 2015
The Academy addressed the lack of Joan Rivers in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, an Oscar rep explained the decision to not include the iconic comedian. “Joan Rivers is among the many worthy artists and filmmakers we were unfortunately unable to feature in the In Memoriam segment of this year’s Oscar show,” reads the statement. “She is, however, included in our In Memoriam gallery on Oscar.com.”