Comedienne Joan Rivers is refusing to apologize for a joke that she made at the expense of Cleveland kidnapping victims Gina DeJesus, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry. The question fans of the comedienne have been asking is whether or not she took her comedy bit too far this time?
She appeared on the “Today” show with her daughter Melissa when they spoke of their reality show and the subject of their living arrangements came up. Of that, Joan commented, “Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space.”
When questioned further about the joke, she said, “They got to live rent free for more than a decade.”
On Wednesday, attorneys for Amanda and Gina called Joan’s jokes “hurtful and shocking”. Their statement said, “We understand Ms. Rivers is a comedienne; however, the idea that a celebrity would say something this hurtful, on national television, no less, is beyond shocking and disappointing.”
Joan has since commented that the whole thing was a joke and that we all need to lighten up. She said, “I’m a comedienne. I know what those girls went through. It was a little, stupid joke. There is nothing to apologize for. I made a joke. That’s what I do. Calm down. Calm f—— down. I’m a comedienne. They’re free, so let’s move on.”