Joan Rivers tends to speak her mind and sometimes her words can offend people. She recently made a joke on the Today Show that may have went too far.
While talking about her new show, Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, she complained about having to stay in her daughter’s guestroom.
“Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space, I mean it’s just the worst,” Rivers said, to gasps of shock from The Today Show’s hosts.
She was referring to the women who had been held captive by Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro. Instead of hearing laughter from the audience, she received gasps and boos instead.
Social media didn’t take well to her joke either and Twitter was full of tweets criticizing Rivers and her cruel joke.
I'm pissed that @MrsSOsbourne LAUGHED Joan Rivers nasty comments 2wards the Cleveland 3. Way to keep it classy Mrs O! #TheTalk
— Kisha Price-Heath (@HonnyDipp) April 24, 2014
"Go home Joan Rivers."what she says about these 3 survivors is despicable http://t.co/PnQ6Q8Aa3D #Cleveland
— Kellie Walters (@kwalters308) April 24, 2014
Joan Rivers is disgusting & insensitive to compare your lavish living lifestyle to the 3 kidnapped Cleveland women. #AttentionWhore
— Tippy (@JenTippy) April 23, 2014
#joanrivers Cleveland officially dislikes you. Being funny doesn't mean being insensitive to suffering. Shame on you.
— Jill Raleigh (@Jilly4278) April 23, 2014
#OrangeRoom Joan rivers comment about the Cleveland girls . It was so uncalled for. She wouldn't be laughing if it was her daughter .dislike
— denise mcdannold (@mcdannt) April 23, 2014
@Joan_Rivers the comment about the girls in Cleveland was awful and I hope the @TODAYshow never has you on again. #orangeroom
— Joe Steuer (@1999buckeye) April 22, 2014
In spite of the harsh criticism she received for the comment, Rivers has refused to apologize for it. Attorneys who represent two victims of Ariel Castro even demanded that she apologize to their clients. Rivers still refuses to apologize and said,
“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. ”
Although most people agree the joke was done in bad taste, many support Joan’s decision not to apologize and offered their support on Twitter and other social networks.
I love @Joan_Rivers for refusing to apologize. Those attorneys better ask for apologies from every open mic comic in USA
— Ramon Rivas II (@BlazerRamon) April 24, 2014
Why I will always love @JoanRivers. http://t.co/KgEZOH3E0b
— Jim Norton (@JimNorton) April 24, 2014
Joan Rivers isn't my cup of tea, but her joke was funny, and I may reconsider. I like that she didn't apologize also.
— Armenian Assassin (@LinzBella) April 24, 2014
@Joan_Rivers don't apologize for your humor!why the Cleveland girls were in a tragic situation your job is to shed light!you rock
— Brandt H.H. Butze (@brandthhbutze) April 23, 2014
Do you think Joan Rivers should apologize for her joke or does she have the right to speak her mind?
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