Asking the question about whether or not Joan Rivers crossed a line with a joke in some ways seems like a massive waste of time, largely because it seems as though she really could care less, but based on the timing of this one it really seems like a fair discussion.
On this week’s edition of “Fashion Police,” the longtime red-carpet correspondent decided to bring Jerry Sandusky into the mix during a discussion about Keira Knightley’s dress during the premiere of “Seeking the Friend at the End of the World.” It was obvious from the get-go that Rivers hated the look, and she bashed if left and right before even mentioning the former Penn State assistant coach’s name. However, she did eventually bring him up in the context of saying that the gown was “busier than Sandusky backstage at the Kids’ Choice Awards.”
While Kelly Osbourne was quick to laugh off the joke, Giuliana Rancic looked as though she really didn’t know what to do with herself. Rivers quickly went on to the next joke, but for those offended the damage was already done.
Since Rivers is a shock comedian, is there really anything wrong here? It’s going to ultimately come down to a debate about ethics and timing. It’s obvious to us that Joan is not mocking any of the Sandusky victims by bringing this up on the same day that the man was found guilty of his crimes, but you do have to question the timing. (Granted, the verdict came down so late Friday that Rivers was probably not thinking in that context.) If this joke happened two weeks from now, it would have still been in questionable taste — but at that point, we have a feeling fewer people would be talking about it.
Do you think the Sandusky joke was too much, or is this really just what you expect out of Joan at this point?