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Joan Rivers jokes about the women held captive and tortured in Cleveland

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 06: Joan Rivers attends the 'The Realistic Joneses' opening night at The Lyceum Theater on April 6, 2014 in New York City.
Photo by Astrid Stawiarz

Joan Rivers pushed the decency scale when she made jokes about the three women who were held captive in Cleveland. Her humor on this subject is causing big problems. Joan allegedly considers herself above reproach because she is a comedian and can make fun of anyone she wants. Therefore, she refuses to apologize according to Us Weekly.

Ariel Castro held Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and another woman captive for over ten years where Ariel tortured them until they finally escaped in 2013. However, that didn’t stop Joan Rivers from making vile jokes about their ordeal on April 22, on the “Today” show.

Joan started out by complaining about having to stay in her daughter’s guest room. She said or allegedly joked, "Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space. They got to live rent free for more than a decade."

When Amanda and Gina heard Joan’s comments, they were not amused. In fact, they contacted their lawyers, James Wooley and Heather Kimmel who released this statement, “Our clients have become aware of Joan Rivers’ unfortunate comparison of living in her daughter’s guest room to their captivity.

“We understand that 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.

“Our clients are strong, private women who have endured unwanted and often painful media attention for quite some time. They now have to endure this, which is a new low, and we believe a sincere apology is warranted.’’

However, Joan will not apologize. In fact, she explains her remarks to the Plain Dealer on April 23 as, “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."

Joan was supposed to be promoting her new reality show with her daughter on WEtv called “Joan and Melissa.”

Do you think Joan overstepped the boundary of being funny when the women have just recently escaped? Or are jokes fair game no matter what?

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