I’m not a Joan Rivers fan.
But I’m a fan of anyone who stands up to the perpetually outraged.
Yes, she did what she does, she told a joke.
Granted a bad joke, when she claimed: “Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space,” while comparing her living arrangements with her daughter, Melissa, during the taping of their series in Malibu..
A very bad joke.
But certainly not one so bad that it required the attorneys for two of the women held captive to state Rivers hit “A new low” and demand an apology. Lawyers James Wooley and Heather Kimmel said in a 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.
Ms. Rivers response:
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.
She doesn’t understand the people in this country just live to be offended. Here is a clip of her on Johnny Carson. When you listen to the names she came up with in the business, you have to wonder where these people would be if they were trying to break into comedy in this day and age.