Joan Rivers taunts Ariel Castro victims, reaches new low
Joan Rivers is in hot water after making a cruel joke about the three victims kept captive in Ariel Castro's Cleveland "House of Horrors." While making an appearance on the Today show on Tuesday, Rivers compared the guest room at her daughter's Malibu house to the women's horrific decade-long ordeal, saying, "Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space." Wow ... that's a new low, even for her.
The shock on the Today anchors' reactions was evident, but Rivers has since refused to apologize. In fact, she went on to make even more jokes at their expense. What is wrong with this lady?!
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A day after making the offensive joke, the 80-year-old again took a jab at the women, telling TMZ, "They got to live rent free for more than a decade."
The comments prompted a response from the attorneys of two of the women, Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry, who called "unfortunate comparison" both "shocking and disappointing" and said they believed "a sincere apology is warranted."
Unfortunately, Rivers downright refused to comply. "There is nothing to apologize for,'' she told The Plain Dealer in a phone interview. "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.''
Can you believe that? Is it just me or does it seem like everything this woman says is in poor taste these days? I don't get how anyone could ever think that a joke about minors being held as sex slaves for years while raped, abused, and tortured in ways we can't even begin to imagine is appropriate, let alone funny. She might call herself a comedienne, but the fact that she has to rely on other people's pain for material…well, that's one warped sense of humor that I'll never understand.
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