Joan Rivers refuses to apologize for Cleveland crack

Joan Rivers refuses to apologize for Cleveland crack

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Joan Rivers refuses to apologize for Cleveland crack

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by USA TODAY

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Posted on April 24, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Has Joan Rivers really gone too far this time?

It's a question we could ask weekly, it seems.

The comedian, who has feuded recently with Jennifer Lawrence and dissed Lena Dunham, has now irked Cleveland kidnap victims Amandy Berry and Gina DeJesus.

It started Tuesday morning on the Today show when Joan and her daughter, Melissa Rivers, were talking about their reality show and complaining about their living arrangements. Joan said, "Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space."

On Wednesday, attorneys for Berry and DeJesus called Rivers' remark hurtful and shocking, reports AP. A statement from lawyers James Wooley and Heather Kimmel, says, "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."

The attorneys say the women have endured painful media attention and the comment is "a new low" that warrants an apology.

But Rivers says it was a joke and we all need to lighten up.

"I'm a comedienne,'' she told the Cleveland Plain-Dealer. "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.''

Berry, DeJesus and a third woman, Michelle Knight, escaped after a decade of confinement and abuse in 2013. Their kidnapper, Ariel Castro, hanged himself in prison.

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