No stranger to controversy, veteran comedian Joan Rivers is under fire again over her choice of material to joke about. Fox News reports that Rivers joked about two women who were held captive in a house in Cleveland for a decade, and now attorneys for the women say Rivers should apologize.
“Rivers first mentioned the victims when she and her daughter were discussing their reality show Tuesday on NBC’s ‘Today’ show,” the story reports. “During the appearance, she complained about her living arrangements in her daughter’s guest bedroom, saying, ‘Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space.'”
Attorneys for Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus issued a statement Wednesday calling Rivers’ comment hurtful and shocking, the story reports, adding: “The attorneys say the women have endured painful media attention and the comment is ‘a new low’ that warrants an apology.”
Rivers, rarely one to yield to pressure, appears to be standing by her remark, reportedly telling TMZ: “They got to live rent free for more than a decade.”
The Fox News report adds: “Rivers also stood by her joke when reached by The Plain Dealer for comment on Wednesday, telling the Cleveland newspaper, ‘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.'”
UPDATE: Sept. 5, 2014. To read an insightful essay by TVWeek Open Mike Blogger Chuck Ross titled “A Tribute to Joan Rivers, Who Proved That the Human Spirit Is Indomitable, and That Life is Funny as Hell,” please click here.