I remember when the news broke that they had been found and the flood of news coverage that followed. Every news story becoming more and more horrid to read as the details of what happened to these women became very clear. It was truly the stuff of horror movies. But this was real. So terrifyingly real.
So have you heard the jokes coming out of Joan Rivers mouth?
She thinks it entirely appropriate to joke about what happened to Gina, Amanda and Michelle in Cleveland. Her first joke about her daughter's guest bedroom being worse than the space of "those women in Cleveland" was bad enough. I rolled my eyes and moved on. I am trying my best to bliss out this Spring and enough people where demanding she apologize that I didn't let it it sit in my head for too long. Ommmmm.
But now after deserved backlash she's doubled down on her first "joke" with this...
"They got to live rent free for more than a decade," Rivers told TMZ. "One of them has a book deal. Neither are in a psych ward. They're OK. I bet you within three years, one of them will be on Dancing with the Stars."
So yeah, this is making my peaceful, happy and unicorn loving self a bit rage-y. There might be actual smoke coming from my ears.
And here I am only ONE day after deciding to pull the weeds and leave the fights of the internet to people willing to fight them because I am no longer willing. Religion, politics, hot-button issues et al...I'm not gonna fight. I took off my boxing gloves. I am doing my very very best to breathe through ignorant comments and shitty people being shitty.
But look what you did, Joan! You happened to come along making a joke about the sexual abuse and torture of three children. You had the ovaries to proclaim them "OK"! You reduced their trauma to the all-healing power of a book deal. You have healed the scars on their bodies, hearts and souls with how fun it will be if (because they were tortured) they could be on Dancing with the Stars! How fucking hilarious of you!
I'm gonna make this short and sweet. Listen to my voice, Joan. Somewhere in there you have a heart. As much as you puff your chest up in public, I HAVE to believe that inside of you there is still a spark of human compassion that hasn't been surgically removed. Please, for the sake of your own heart, re-think your need for press and be sorry for what you said. I have to believe that part of you IS sorry but you are feeling backed into a corner and are lashing out like it doesn't bother you at all. Let that shit go, Joan and tell these 3 girls you are sorry.
Because it has to bother you, Joan. It just has to. Please reach deep deep down and say "Fuck the press I am getting for this. I was wrong." It won't hurt as bad as you think it will. And it certainly won't hurt as bad as how your words hurt these three girls who endured 10 years of pure and absolute hell at the hands of a sadistic rapist.
Think about it and for the love of all things, do the right thing.