From Time Magazine:
Joan Rivers, the queen of offensive comedy, may have finally gone too far.
Rivers was promoting her new reality television show, Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best?, when she compared living in her daughter’s guest room to being held hostage in the house of Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro.
“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.
After the comment, social media lit up with backlash and outrage. But the 80-year-old comedian has refused to apologize for her remarks.
“There is nothing to apologize for. I made a joke, what’s what I do, ” she said. “They’re free, so let’s move on.”
(In reality, she actually said more: that the girls would soon be on Dancing with the Stars, and would no doubt have a book deal sometime soon.)
Then there’s her recent Lindsay Lohan comment:
(Regarding Lindsey’s admission of a recent miscarriage)
“I hope she kept it,” Rivers said, as her daughter audibly cringed.
So, reaching ever further into offensiveness in her quest to stay relevant at 80, what we have to wonder is, at what point do we the audience need to cut Joan off? I say “now.” I hope you do, too.