Joan Rivers made a not-so-funny “joke” on “The Today Show” yesterday about the three Cleveland women who were kidnapped by deranged creep Ariel Castro and held captive in his home for a decade. When describing how cramped her daughter’s guest room in her home is, Rivers joked that “Those women in the basement in Cleveland had more space,” much to the horror and awkward fumbling of her “Today” interviewers.
Word got back to the kidnapping victims Amanda Berry, Gina de Jesus, and Michelle Knight, who were deeply offended. Lawyers for DeJesus and Berry reached out to Rivers 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.
Rivers, however, feels she has nothing to apologize for. “They got to live rent free for more than a decade. One of them has a book deal. Neither are in a psych ward. They’re okay. I bet you within three years one of them will be on ‘Dancing With The Stars,’” she told TMZ. Damn, Joan. Keep reading »
Amanda Berry, Gina De Jesus, and Michelle Knight, the three women who spent a decade in captivity in Ariel Castro’s Cleveland home, have released a video on YouTube thanking their supporters for their prayers and donations. They also thanked the world for respecting their privacy after they were finally discovered and freed in May, and asked for that continued respect as they rebuild their lives. [YouTube]
Sometimes terrible things happen, and they’re so unbelievably heinous, all you can do is gasp in horror. That’s the general response most of us have had to the harrowing story of Michelle Knight, Amanda Berry and Gina DeJesus — three women kidnapped, chained and held against their will in Cleveland, Ohio, for a decade. But oh, that’s not what Rush Limbaugh did. Instead, on his broadcast last night, Rush decided to wax philosophical on what it all means. You see, Rush Limbaugh watched an episode of “Hawaii 5-0″ last night. It was about kidnapped and murdered women who were used in a welfare plot. And in between contemplating his lonely, sad, dessicated existence, Rush conjured up a tacky ass conspiracy theory about the Ohio kidnapping victims.
It goes something like this: What if the Ohio “victims” were actually part of a huge welfare scam. And also, they all voted for Obama, so you know! Basically, this whole thing is just what happens when you elect Obama! And these chicks are just welfare queens waiting to happen! He also helpfully points out that the women get “double welfare benefits if one of the women has a baby,” after noting that one of the women, Amanda Berry, did, in fact, have a baby — a child she had after being raped, likely by Ariel Castro. Keep reading »
When people experience the devastating trauma of a missing friend or relative, they want answers, but too often, those answers never come. Louwanna Miller, the mother of Amanda Berry, one of the three women who went missing in Cleveland, Ohio, wanted answers, so in 2004, she went on “The Montel Williams Show” to speak with psychic Sylvia Browne.
Browne told her, ”I see her in water … She’s not alive, honey” and “Your daughter’s not the kind who wouldn’t call.” After appearing on the show, Miller went home and began the difficult process of letting go of her daughter, taking down her pictures and selling her computer. “I’m not even buying my baby a Christmas present this year,” she told a reporter in 2004.
A year later, Miller died of heart failure. She died thinking her daughter was dead. Keep reading »