Nestled deep within TheWrap’s Hollyblogs network, Richard Stellar has made quite a name for himself. Earlier this spring, he claimed a pair of Southern California Journalism Awards from the LA Press Club for Best Weblog, Individual (tied with The Jewish Journal’s Danielle Berrin) and Best Facebook Presence by an Individual.
Which makes Sunday’s posting by Stellar all the more surprising. In a wildly miscalculated and deeply offensive argument, he suggests that the absence of Joan Rivers’ new book from Costco’s limited literary inventory puts the company on par with Nazi Germany. Never mind that only Rivers has suggested there was active censorship involved. Or the fact that because the chain carries such a tiny fraction of published books at any time, the notion that something not being sold is discriminatory borders on ridiculous.
The reader comments to Stellar’s August 12 item say it all. Here are just a few:
Baruch Ashem: I am contacting the Jewish Defense League and other media outlets regarding this article. I am simply aghast and appalled. How dare TheWrap publish this. I am (almost) speechless.
Arrowhead: Is this a hoax? This is a hoax, right?
Stolarskis:This is a slap in the face to all who perished in the Holocaust, Richard. We are all so ashamed of you.
FishbowlLA has reached out to Sharon Waxman for comment and will update this item as warranted.
[Jacket cover courtesy Berkeley Hardcover]